Recently I formulated ten questions I would love to ask children’s workers–parents and teachers–who influence future generations of God’s Global Kingdom workers. Here they are:
- How can we develop opportunities for “character checks” in children?
- How do we develop intimacy with God in children?
- How can we intentionally “grow” the fruits of the Spirit in children?
- How do we define and develop the “obedience of faith” (Romans 1:5) in children?
- How can we develop a teachable spirit in children?
- How do we develop a servant heart in children?
- How can we develop adult-child Christian mentoring opportunities?
- How do we build a prayer base that includes each child–by name –in our ministry?
- Can we advocate and implement “missionary training” all the way back into childhood?
- What develops the courage in children to learn from failure?
If any of these questions spark some interest, or if you have an answer or two from your own experience and research, let me know. We hear a lot these days about character development. Please share ways you’ve found to grow godly character in your kids. This might include curriculum and/or media materials, programs, people resources, etc. Respond by email to [email protected], if possible, and label the message PRISM.
What's New in Resources
- DiscipleLand Publishers have some great, new, exciting materials:
- New bilingual children’s resource, My Awesome Adventure (English) and Aventura Asombrosa (Spanish). Great for disipling follow-up to outreach. For ages 6-9 and 912. Recommended by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Focus on the Family. For more information and a free sample lesson or other children’s resources from DiscipleLand, visit: http://www.discipleland.com/aventura .
- “Honor Our Heroes for Kids” is a curriculum with instructions and activities for 1-2 hours of class time. Contains full-color student handouts and color pictures of each hero. Each focuses on two Bible heroes and two contemporary heroes. Each is $8.95. Call 1-800284-0158, or see the DiscipleLand Website.
- New DiscipleLand puppets are available again. The newly redesigned Dee-Cy-Paul-Chip puppets are great teaching aids for children of all ages, are 28 inches tall and include two arm rods each. They are featured in 144 puppet scripts found in DiscipleLand Preschool lessons. Call for prices and shipping. Order from “DiscipleLand” at [email protected].
- A great new 13-week curriculum will be released this fall: My Jungle Adventure - Walking with Christ & Growing Good Fruit (Galatians 5: 22,23). Go to the DiscipleLand Website or phone 1-800-2840158.
- While you’re at it, look into DiscipleLand & Missions’ awesome Sunday School curriculum. Call the above number, or see the Website.
- “Mission Kids” is the new mission-focused curriculum from Trans World Radio, for Sunday School, VBS or home school. It contains fun activities and factual presentations of conditions in selected countries, and calls children to share the Gospel. Five lessons include memory verses, drama, games, prayer and crafts. Call TWR at 1-800-456-7897, and ask for the Ministry Partnerships Department, or for orders, ask for the Donor Services Department. Kits are $49 plus $7 shipping and handling. See their Website at http://www.gospelcom.net/twr/features/kids_missions .
- A Cry from the Streets, by Jeannette Lukasse, is a new book about working with street children and families in slums. The author has much experience of ministry with YWAM in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. Read the first chapter online: http://www.ywamcommect.com/sites/childrenatrisk .
- Pen Pal Friends for Turkish Youth is a great pen–pal project for children. Children must be age 11 and older. Turkish World Outreach (formerly Friends of Turkey) matches Turkish students with Christians who have similar interests. Most Turkish students of English are between 13 and 20 and are eager to hear from those in other lands. Correspondence may be either by mail or E-mail. Reply to [email protected] or call 1-970-434-1942.