Entries in missionaries (3)

Friday
Aug302013

Level 2 Lesson Plan: A Missionary Is…

Note to parent or teacher: This 20- to 30-minute lesson plan on missionaries highlights the following lesson objective: “Learn of the calling that God places in individuals’ hearts even today to serve as missionaries and spread God’s message of love and salvation.” (Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Missionary Life-2d)

Listen to “Audio: Little Missionary.”

Ask your children to tell you what they think a “missionary” is.

Read What Is a Christian Missionary” by Got Questions.

Read “Ambassadors for Christ,” 2 Corinthians 5:20.

Read Matthew 28:18–20, the great commission Jesus gave His first disciples 2,000 years ago. Explain how those who commit their lives to telling others of the good news are known as “missionaries.”

Ask your children if they know of anyone who is a missionary, whether personally or from history. See how many names you can come up with.

ReadFamous Missionaries: James Gilmour” and “Famous Missionaries: Amy Carmichael,” and “David Livingstone, Part 1, 2, and 3.”

Discuss some of the sacrifices that missionaries have to make in order to fulfill the Lord’s commission to them.

List some qualities that all great missionaries of the past (and present as well) had in common (e.g., they had love and concern for those they ministered to, they learned the local language, they were faithful, etc.).

Praise Jesus for those missionaries in the past who made it possible for God’s Word to be enjoyed by your children today. Pray for any missionaries you know of, for the supply of their needs, and that the Lord will make a way for the people of that land to be reached with His love.

Additional material:

  • ŸLevel 1 Lesson Plan: The Life of David Livingstone
  • ŸThe Keys to the Kingdom (movie), story of a missionary to China, can currently be found here.
  • ŸThe Inn of the Sixth Happiness (movie), closely based on the true story of Gladys Aylward, a missionary in China in the 1930s.

If you have other suggestions of supplemental material, or additional activities in teaching this topic, please share your ideas and tips by commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

S&S link: Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Missionary Life-2d

Contributed by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2013 The Family International

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DOC: Level 2 Lesson Plan: A Missionary Is… (Portuguese)
DOC: Level 2 Lesson Plan: A Missionary Is… (Spanish)

Wednesday
Nov282012

Level 1 Lesson Plan: Shine for Jesus!

Note to parent or teacher: Here is a 30-minute lesson plan on the following lesson objectives:

Watch I’ll Shine” or listen to the “Audio: I’ll Shine.”

ReadChristmas Angels.”

Ask the children to recall what those in “I’ll Shine” and “Christmas Angels” did to shine for Jesus. (For example, singing songs about Jesus, encouraging the elderly or the sick, writing letters and making cards, passing tracts to people, performing for others, praying for others, helping care for younger siblings, helping family and friends.)

Read Matthew 5:14–16.

ReadThe Light of the World.”

ViewYou Are God’s Ray of Light.”

Have fun solving the space travelers’ problems in “Bible Space Trek: The Parable of the Lamp.”

ReadTell Others.”

ReadTell Everyone,” and follow the ideas for discussion found in “‘Tell Everyone’ Supplement.”

ReadPrayer Potential” to see how prayers help to fulfill the Great Commission Jesus has given us.

Discuss how Jesus needs us to shine for Him all year, not just at Christmas. Explain that Christmas is often a time when people are curious about who Jesus is and want to know more about Him. We can use this special time of year to tell others about the wonderful gift of salvation that Jesus came to earth to give us.

Memorize one of the verses on being a witness for Jesus found on “Crazily Cool Cards Set: Sharing God’s Love.”

Additional:

If you have other suggestions of supplemental material, or additional activities in teaching this topic, please share your ideas and tips by commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

S&S link: Christian Life and Faith: Biblical and Christian Foundation: The Great Commission-1bc

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2012 by The Family International

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DOC: Plan de clase nivel 1: ¡Brilla para Jesús!
DOC: Plano de Aula para o Nível 1: Brilhar Para Jesus!

Wednesday
Jul182012

Level 1 Lesson Plan: The Life of David Livingstone

Note to parent or teacher: Here is a 30- to 40-minute lesson plan on the life of David Livingstone that highlights the following lesson objectives: “Learn of some of the well-known great men and women of God throughout history,” and “Learn what it means to be a missionary, both in the past as well as in present-day society.” (Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-1b; Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Missionary life-1a)

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ReadDavid Livingstone, Part 1.”

Discuss how David Livingstone applied himself to his schooling in order to prepare for the future, and how he didn’t allow what looked like legitimate excuses to stop him from being educated.

Talk with the children about how receiving a good education is important in order to have a productive life as an adult.

Read The Light of the World.”

WatchI’ll Shine.”

MemorizeGo into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15, paraphrased). (See “Crazily Cool Card Set: Sharing God’s Love.”)

ReadDavid Livingstone, Part 2.”

Look up Joshua 1:3. Talk about how the fellow missionary was encouraging David Livingstone with God’s promise that He would work through David to teach the of the people who lived in these new lands about Jesus, and that is what happened because God did a great work through David Livingstone—winning people to faith in Jesus in all of the areas of Africa that he went into.

Discuss how God used the healing of the chief’s daughter to help win the chief and the whole tribe to faith in Jesus. Even though David Livingstone was a doctor, he asked God to do the work of healing while he did what he could with his medical training. Highlight how often the purpose of miracles is to bring glory to God and highlight His great love for people.

Look up Acts 1:8. Talk about how David Livingstone had great difficulty when preaching in a church in England, but when he was faced with the need to preach to the Bakwena tribe, the Holy Spirit gave him the power needed to be a bold witness. Discuss with the children how they too can ask for the Holy Spirit to help them have power to be a bold witness for Jesus. Discuss scenarios that are applicable to their lives, such as telling their friends about faith in Jesus, performing to attract people to Jesus, passing out tracts, and even standing up for their convictions of doing what is right and not something that is wrong.

Ask the children what type of things David and Mary Livingstone’s children might have enjoyed during the time they lived at the Kolobeng mission station (e.g., unique animals native to Africa, plant life native to where they were living, watching and helping their parents teach the local people about Jesus).

Study the list below of key events of David Livingstone’s missionary life so far. Find South Africa on a map.

  • March 1841: arrives in Africa, landing at Cape Town (in present-day South Africa).
  • July 1841: arrives in Kuruman on the Cape Frontier (in present-day South Africa), where he works for two years with Dr. Moffat, a famous pioneer missionary.
  • August 1843: locates to Mabotsa (in present-day South Africa).
  • 1844: marries Mary Moffat, the daughter of Dr. Moffat.
  • 1844–46: wins many of the Bakwena tribe to believe in Jesus and His gift of salvation, and starts a mission station.
  • 1847: builds new mission station at Kolobeng (in present-day South Africa), along with his wife, Mary. Lives there five years.

ReadDavid Livingstone, Part 3.”

Look up Romans 8:18. Talk about what sacrifices people might have been referring to when they talked of honoring Livingstone for the great sacrifices he had made (e.g., left his homeland to go to a land that had a different climate, traveled long distances across large expanses of unknown terrain, learned to eat new foods, built some of his own housing, worked with people who had different cultural habits and languages).

Discuss what Livingstone might have felt were the rewards he was already experiencing (e.g., close friends who appreciated him bringing the Gospel to them; adventure and discovery; God’s supply even in the midst of difficult circumstances; being used by God to reach people with Jesus’ love, and knowing that one day he was going to see these same people in heaven when they are all united again in Jesus).

Study the list below of further important events of David Livingstone’s missionary life. As you go over the list, also find Botswana, the Zambezi River, Angola, Zimbabwe, Lake Nyasa, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Lake Tanganyika, Burundi, Congo [DRC], and Zambia on a map.

  • 1849: crosses the great Kalahari Desert (in present-day Botswana), which many had thought couldn’t be crossed.
  • 1849: discovers Lake Ngami (in present-day Botswana). This lake was Livingstone’s first great discovery.
  • 1851: is the first to explore the Zambezi River (in southern Africa), in search of new places suitable for mission stations.
  • May 1854: reaches the coast at Luanda (present-day Angola).
  • 1855: discovers Victoria Falls (in present-day Zimbabwe), one of the largest waterfalls in the world, and also one of the great natural wonders of the world, which Livingstone named after Queen Victoria, who was the Queen of England at that time.
  • May 1856: reaches the mouth of the Zambezi River on the Indian Ocean (in present-day Mozambique) and is the first European to cross the width of southern Africa.
  • 1859: discovers Lake Nyasa (also known as Lake Malawi in Malawi), one of the three greatest lakes in Africa (in present-day Tanzania, Malawi, and Mozambique). To explore Lake Nyasa, he and hundreds of local helpers haul a large sailing boat hundreds of miles overland.
  • 1866 to 1873: explores the area around Lake Tanganyika (in present-day Burundi, Congo [DRC], Tanzania, and Zambia).
  • November 1871: Stanley finds Livingstone near Lake Tanganyika.
  • May 1873: dies at the age of sixty, and goes to heaven to live with the Lord.

Additional resources:

If you have other suggestions of supplemental material, or additional activities in teaching this topic, please share your ideas and tips by commenting below. We look forward to hearing from you.

S&S link: Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-1b; Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Missionary life-1a

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2012 by The Family International

Downloads

DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: The Life of David Livingstone (Spanish)
DOC: Level 1 Lesson Plan: The Life of David Livingstone (Portuguese)