Heart for Mission: Cyclone Idai
WORDS TO KNOW: cyclone, ADRA, displaced
MAP SKILLS: United States, Mozambique, Malawi, Zimbabwe (find on map)
EXCERPTS: "Cyclone Idai barreled through Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe over the weekend of March 15-17, 2019, leaving thousands of people displaced..." and over 600 people dead.
"ADRA has been on the ground since the cyclone moved out of Zimbabwe, helping up to 650 households with food and hygiene kits, with plans to provide further assistance in hardest-hit areas. ADRA was also helping people in Mozambique and Malawi recover from heavy floods that affected thousands before the cyclone's landfall. On March 18, ADRA deployed 1,000 shelter kits and 2,000 tarpaulins in the port city of Beira, Mozambique, with the assistance of a UN flight convoy, Oliveira added. 'We are also in the process of deploying to Malawi emergency kits from our depots in Nairobi.'"
Know Your Bible: Sword Drills
The Apostle Paul calls the Bible our sword. Stand up when you find the Bible reference and start reading.
Bible Story: He is Risen!
REFERENCE: Matthew 28:1-15; Mark 16:1-4; Luke 24:1-49; John 20:1-31; DA 769-808
PRAYER VERSE: "He is not here. He has risen." Luke 24:6, NIV
WORDS TO KNOW: tomb, resurrection/risen/rise from dead, disciple
EXPERIENCE THE STORY: Roll-a-Rock - Jesus laid in the tomb. A tomb is like a cave. A huge stone was rolled in front of the opening. Can you roll this "rock" in front of the cave?
Bible Story: Free at last!
Reference: Exodus 12 - 14
After Joseph died, many years went by. The children of Israel became a lot of people. A new pharaoh became the king over Egypt. He didn’t like all the Israelites living there. He decided to make them his slaves. He made the Israelites work really hard. He was mean to them. He even tried to kill their children. The Israelites prayed to God for help. Many more years went by.
One Israelite named Moses had run away from Egypt. In the land of Midian he watched over his sheep. God called him from a burning bush and told him to go back to Egypt to free his people. God said He would do great signs to show Egypt that only He is God.
Moses returned to Egypt with his brother Aaron. Together they asked pharaoh to let the Israelites leave Egypt. Each time Pharaoh said no, God did an amazing sign. God turned the river to blood. God sent frogs, lice, flies, sickness of livestock, boils, hail, locusts, and darkness to cover the land. Pharaoh still said no!
Then God told the Israelites to paint the doorposts of their house with the blood of a lamb. This lamb that died would remind them of Jesus whom God would send to free us from sin. The Israelites obeyed. That night an angel passed over the land of Egypt. When all the first born children of Egypt died, pharaoh let the Israelites go free.
Our Bible story reminds me of the prayer verse, John 8:34,36, which says, “Everyone who lives in sin is a slave to sin....So if the Son [Jesus] makes you free, then you will be truly free. " (ICB). God saved the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. He saves us from the slavery of sin. Sin is thinking, saying, or doing naughty things. Jesus, our Passover lamb, died so we could be free from sin.
Dear Father God, Thank You for sending Jesus to make me free from sin. Give me power to obey and stop doing naughty things. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
Nature Window: Gravity
Have you ever wondered why a ball always eventually falls down after you throw it? Why when you jump up, do you always come back down? That invisible force that keeps pulling stuff to earth is called gravity. It keeps everything on earth from floating away into space, including the air we breathe!
In order for man to overcome gravity and leave the earth, we have to use rockets. Rockets have to have enough force behind them to overcome the force of gravity. They are propelled into the air with a massive explosion that sends them traveling 40,000 km per hour! That’s over 100 times faster than planes travel in the air.
Even though sin is the naughty things we do, say, and think, it also works against us like gravity, to make it harder and harder for us to do right. It just keeps pulling us down. Eventually, sin can become so strong it is like slavery and we can’t pull away from it.
Jesus is our rocket ship to escape the gravity of sin. He gives us power to break free and obey. The next time you find yourself struggling to do what you know is right, ask God for Jesus’ help.
Memory Mastery: 2nd Coming Song
Help your child learn important facts about the second coming of Jesus with this song.
Up in the sky high, high, high, Jesus is coming again. (REPEAT)
We will see Him. We will hear Him. Yes, the whole world will know.
We will see Him. We will hear Him, when Jesus comes back for me and you!...when Jesus comes back for me and you!
When the trumpet sounds, the Lord will shout, and the dead in Christ shall rise! (REPEAT)
Mission Trip: Bibles for Africa
This quarter the world church is sending Bibles to Africa. Bring your coins all quarter long to go towards the world mission project.