Before we shared during the worship service at Hillside Baptist on Sunday, we taught the children’s Sunday School class! We want to tell you about it today, then we have a fun printable at the end.
We had all kinds of fun things with us for the lesson, not knowing what age range we were teaching or how many kids would be there. We ended up with about 10 kids (including ours), ranging from baby to middle school. But everyone really enjoyed exploring what we brought with us:
- A map of the world (so we could show where Africa and Togo are located)
- Some of our girls’ clothes that we got in West Africa
- Some little plastic animals
- Posters of animals
- Pictures of animals and scenery
- Instruments (our djembe, a shaker, and a castanet)
Before we started playing with all the fun things, though, we had a quick devotion. We asked the kids, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Their answers were great: one girl wants to be a veterinarian; another wants to be a geologist.
We reminded them that God has good plans for our lives (Jeremiah 29:11) and that those plans include doing good things that God has already prepared for us to do (Ephesians 2:10)! We also talked about how one of those good things God wants us to do is make disciples (Matthew 28:16-20).
So while we are working as a veterinarian or geologist or whatever, we can know that God has a plan for our lives; He planned good things for us to do; and He wants us to make disciples while we do those things!
But we also shared Ephesians 3:20, which is a really special verse in our family:
We told the kids, “We all have big dreams for our lives… things we want to be and do. But the Bible says that God is able to do abundantly more than we can ask or imagine. So what if He wants you to be something else? A pastor? A missionary? A worship leader? Maybe He wants to use you in a great way to further His kingdom.”
After our lesson, we dove into some hands-on exploration and a time of Q&A. But I really hope and pray that those kids remember that God has a plan for them… and it’s a good one.
Our hour with the kids was over quickly, but in our proverbial back pocket, just in case we needed to fill more time, we had created a coloring page that we want to share with you! Here’s what the coloring page looks like; click the link below to download and print a PDF copy.
If you print and color any pages, let us know! We’d love to see what your kids (or you…) come up with. Feel free to share them in our Facebook Group or, if you post them on Instagram, tag us (@battsabroad).