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Two Sure Winners for Children

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Two Sure Winners for Children

John Holzmann

Escape by Night
Christian Nationals Evangelism Commission (CNEC) 7-day children’s mission curriculum $19.95

With nearly 1800 copies sold in the past year, CNEC’s “Escape by Night” is a best-seller among mission curricula for first through sixth grade children.

Its purpose: to “(increase) missions interest in the next generation,” to help them “learn for themselves what a difference the message of Christ brings,” to direct them to “think about missions and how they can be involved,” and to promote missions by “national missionaries.”

For $19.95, one receives a 60-page teacher’s manual, a 30” x 42” two-color wall map of China, a series of 16 11-by-14-inch full-color photo-posters, and a 30” x 42” printed sheet for use in a spectacular craft project (a Chinese dragon wall poster).

Besides worksheet masters and instructions for running a class, the teacher’s manual includes the exciting, true story of six-year old Yu Ah Mui and her family—how they escape from China and find new life in Christ in the Portuguese colony of Macao.

Lessons include more than the story. Mission-related Scriptures and Chinese cultural distinctives are also taught.

In the back of the teacher’s manual there are instructions for a wide variety of fascinating “cultural activities”—papier-mache animal masks, Chinese jumprope, silk production, and Dim Sum (a Chinese meal).

Instructions for the activities are so brief as to be a bit confusing, though CNEC assured me that, with over 1500 copies of the curriculum sold, I was the first one to have difficulty understanding the directions.

Perhaps the most noticeable items missing from this otherwise thorough curriculum are clear statements of learning objectives for each lesson, and background information for prayer. I expect the informed mission promoter will want to provide her teachers with a little more information for prayer than simply: “Choose a province, (then) pray . . . for any Christians who live there, (and) that God will let the people who don’t know Him hear soon about His love.”

“Escape by Night” is available from your local Christian bookstore or CNEC, 1470 N. Fourth St., P.O. Box 15025, San Jose, CA 95115; (408) 298-0965.

Kid’s Praise! 6
Maranatha! Music LP and Tape; $8.98

Ernie and Debbie Rettino have put together another masterful children’s album that, like the five that preceded it, is sure to win children’s hearts. Through the lovable talking hymnbook, Psalty, and his Psaltyscope, Kid’s Praise! 6 helps children understand that God loves people all around the world—not only people like them, but people who dress, eat, and speak differently than they do; people who are not as rich as they are; people who live far away, and people who live right next door.

Frontier mission purists will find Psalty’s definition of a missionary (“someone whom God sends to share His love with other people”) a little too broad for their liking —it fails to distinguish acts of kindness to the poor boy down the street from gospel preaching in cultures where no one has ever heard before.

Still, through musically and lyrically cre?ative songs like “Pig Out,” a biting satire with a Gilbert & Sullivan sound, the Kid’s Praise! Singers challenge their listeners to put their lives at God’s disposal.

“Why should I think about the world?” one young singer asks: “I’m deliriously happy looking out for #1. Why should I think about the world? I would really rather not do it . . . (it would spoil) all my fun!”

Perhaps, Psalty replies. But “(your) hands (can be) the hands that God will use to show the world His love.” Will you not rise to the opportunity? “You and I have got to have a heart to change the world.”

And that’s the bottom line, isn’t it? Whether “here” or “there,” the world won’t know of Jesus’ love unless we have hearts that care.

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