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Lower & Upper Elementary Sunday August 26: Missions Celebration!

  This week is the final week of our mission-themed summer curriculum! We have had fun on a global adventure where we’ve explored the   lives of kids in the 10/40 window and learned about their lives and beliefs. We’ve learned about five specific people groups, one from each of the major non-Christian religions:

  • Tribal- the Bhil of India
  • Hindu- the Rajput of India
  • Unreligious- the Han of China
  • Muslim- the Malay of Southeast Asia
  • Buddhist- the Khamba of Tibet and CHina

 We are celebrating the end of our curriculum by reviewing the 10/40 window and making a special craft to help us remember to pray for children around the world. Our prayer is that our children will realize that they, too, can be used by God to reach the nations with the gospel. Thank you for partnering with us this summer!

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Lower & Upper Elementary Sunday Aug 19: Khamba Kids

Dear Parents,

This Sunday your children will be learning about the Khamba (KAHM-buh), an isolated Buddhist group living in China and Tibet. They are generally taller than their Chinese neighbors. The Khamba have a reputation for being fierce warriors and skillful horseback riders. Those who live in cities work as street vendors, truck drivers, shopkeepers, or hold government jobs. Most Khamba live in small villages or in isolated mountain areas. Many of these are nomadic, moving from place to place in search of good grazing land for their herds of yaks, sheep, and goats. The majority of Khamba work as farmers, growing crops and raising livestock.

Your children will get a firsthand look at how the Khamba live. They will see a festival with daring stunts on horseback, colorful dancing, and yak racing.

Most Khamba practice the religion of Tibetan Buddhism. The Khamba believe in reincarnation and spend much of their lives trying to earn merit. To the Khamba, Buddhism is not merely a set of beliefs, but a way of life. You and your kids can be praying that many Khamba will hear and receive the gospel!

Home Follow Up 

  • Read more about the Khamba together as a family.
  • Pray for the Khamba this week:

* Pray that God will change the laws of China that make it illegal for missionaries to teach about God.
* Pray for the Jesus film to be translated into the Kham language.
* Pray for the workers who are trying to translate the Tibetan Bible into the everyday language that most Khamba people can read.
* Ask God to send the gospel via audio messages into Tibet so that those who cannot read can listen to the Bible in their own language.
* Ask God to move in the hearts of Tibetans who are living in other countries, that they would respond to the gospel and carry the good news about Jesus back into China.
* Pray that God would send doctors, nurses, health workers, and teachers to live among the isolated Khamba tribes.
* Pray that Buddhist religious leaders would see the truth of the Bible and teach those who follow them in the ways of Christ.
* Pray that God would free the Khamba from their fears about the next life and show them how they can spend eternity worshiping Him in heaven.

  • Try making an Americanized-version of Tsampa, a famous Tibetian dish or Momos, Tibetan steamed dumplings.

Have fun joining together as a family to pray for the Khamba!

Easy “Americanized” Tsampa Recipe

3 c decaffeinated tea
3 pats salted butter
3 c barley flour (or whole wheat flour)
2 c. cinnamon-sugar mixture
6 teacups or ramekins

1. Add 1/2 pat of salted butter to each cup
2. Put flour in a small bowl
3. Put cinnamon-sugar in another bowl
4. Pour 1/2 cup of tea into each teacup to cover the pat of butter.
5. Have the children add spoonfuls of flour to their tea gradually, mixing it with their fingers until it forms a stiff dough.
6. Have the children pull off a piece of the dough, roll it into a ball with their fingers, and dip it into the cinnamon-sugar to coat.
7. Eat and enjoy this American version of a famous Khamba treat!

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Lower & Upper Elementary Sunday August 12: Buddhism

Dear Parents,

This Sunday your child will learn about the worldview of Buddhist groups around the world. Buddhists follow the teaching of “the Buddha”, a man who lived over 2,500 years ago. They do not believe in a God who is separate and different from mankind, but that every person contains a part of God within himself.

Although Buddhist practices may differ from culture to culture, the goal of Buddhism is to decrease suffering which is caused by selfish desires. To do this, Buddhists try to gain merit or good points to offset their actions, thoughts, feelings, and attitudes. Buddhists think that they can learn to be good by following the Eight-Fold path, a set of rules for acting, thinking, and feeling.

Because it takes many lifetimes to remove evil desires, Buddhists believe in a continuous cycle of life, death, and rebirth in which they experience the consequences of wrong and work to gain merit. Meditation, yoga and martial arts are ways to reach a peaceful state of mind.

Buddhists long to achieve a level without suffering, called nirvana (ner-VAHN-ah). Only then will they break free from the cycle of rebirth. Buddhists do not understand that true peace comes from a relationship with Jesus, the one who forgives sin and breaks the power sin has over us.

 

Home Follow-Up 

  • Ask your child to share something they learned about Buddhist beliefs.
  • Read  John 8:36 with your child and discuss how believing in Jesus can set Buddhists free and give them hope.
  • Read John 14:6 and discuss how the ways Buddhists live are good but they are depending on themselves, rather than God. What does this verse say about the way, the truth, and life and depending on Jesus?
  • For Fun: Make prayer flags. At many Buddhist temples there are hundreds of prayer flags flying in the wind. Buddhists believe that the flags carry their prayers to the farthest parts of the universe. Christians believe that our prayers go straight to God. Write out your prayers for Buddhist people and nations on a homemade paper flag and use it as a reminder to pray.
  • Prayer: Pray for Buddhist children who like the same subjects as you. Pray that they will come to know Jesus.  Or, adopt a Buddhist people group and pray for them regularly. The website the Joshua Project offers helpful information on different people groups.

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Lower & Upper Elementary Sunday Aug 5: Malay Kids

Dear Parents,

This Sunday your children will be learning about the Malay (muh-LAY), a large Muslim group living in in Southeast Asia in the countries of Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, and Brunei (broo-NYE). Although they have adopted customs from the surrounding Chinese, Indian, and tribal cultures, the Malay remain distinct in some ways.

The Malay are a gentle, gracious people known for their hospitality. It is common for them to prepare a bed and set an extra place at the table for a relative or guest that may stop by. Family life is highly valued and there is a strong sense of community. In rural areas, several generations live together in the same village, often sharing the same home. City dwellers make frequent trips to visit relatives. The Malay respect their elders and look to them for leadership. Important decisions are made through group consensus rather than individually. The strongest distinctive of Malay culture is the adherence to the Islamic faith. Being Muslim is part of a Malay’s identity.

Your children will watch a video to learn more about the Malay people. They will learn about a  fascinating culture with shadow puppet plays, kite making, and bird singing contests. Children will find out how Malay kids live, what their schools are like, and the neat things they do for fun. Most importantly, children will learn how they can pray for these kids to come to know Jesus so they can be certain of eternity in heaven!

Home Follow Up 

  • Read more about one of the many Malay people groups together as a family over at the Joshua Project.
  • Pray for the Malay this week:

* Pray that God will show Himself to the Malay people.
* Ask the Lord to change the hearts of the leaders in Malaysia and Brunei so that laws will be changed so the Malay can hear about Jesus.
* Pray for God to speak to the heart of respected family and tribal leaders, so that families and villages will come to know Christ.
* Ask God to provide open doors for the Malay believers to share the Gospel with their own people.
* Pray for more missionaries to be called to work with the Malay people.

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Pray for the people of China

Here is a helpful video that you can watch and pray along with:

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Lower & Upper Elementary Sunday July 22: Han Kids

Dear Parents,

This Sunday your children will be learning about the largest unreligious group in China, the Han (hahn). The Han are the largest ethnic group in the world. Nine out of every ten people living in China belong to this group. Their name is derived from the ancient Han Dynasty that began about 200 BC and ruled China for 400 years. Although the Han people share a common history that sets them apart from the minority groups in China, they have a variety of languages and lifestyles.

Your children will watch a video to learn more about the Han people. Kids will get a glimpse of what life is like for Han children as they watch children learn to write Chinese characters, ride rafts with their friends, and carry candle-lit lanterns at festivals. Many Han people are unreligious, or athiest. Yet amazingly, many small vibrant groups of believers are forming. Children are encouraged to pray for the remaining one billion Han who have yet to hear about Jesus and His love for them.

Home Follow Up 

  • Read more about the one of the many Han people groups together as a family over at Asia Harvest.
  • Talk about Christians in China with older children.
  • Pray for the Han this week:

* Pray for God to open the hearts to China’s leaders to the gospel.
* Pray for God to bring Chinese people to salvation through Christian radio programs that are broadcast into China from other countries.
* Pray for the many new believers to be taught God’s Word so they can recognize false teaching and reject it.
* Pray that Han believers would be able to get Bibles.
* It is illegal to teach any Chinese child who is younger than 18 about God. Pray that the more than 400 million Han children will have a chance to hear about Jesus.
* Many believers in China live under daily threat of persecution. Pray that God would be their strength when they do face persecution.
* Pray that the church in China would grow strong and be a witness to unbelievers, even with the constant risk of persecution.

  • Have an Chinese-themed meal as you pray for the Han people. If you aren’t a cook, try ordering some Chinese food!

Have fun joining together as a family to pray for the Han!

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Lower & Upper Elementary Sunday July 15: Unreligious

Dear Parents,

This Sunday your child will learn about the worldview of unreligious, or atheist, groups around the world.

Although unreligious practices may differ from culture to culture, they are based on the assumption that God does not exist. Schools in unreligious cultures teach students that it is foolish and weak to trust in a “god”. Instead, unreligious peoples trust in education, science, and their government leaders. Many Atheistic governments make laws that forbid religious groups to meet, print and distribute religious materials, and teach children about God. Believers in these cultures face many forms of persecution. Unreligious peoples do not understand that God created them, loves them, and wants to them to look to him as their source of wisdom, provision, security, and hope.

Home Follow-Up 

  • Ask your child to share something they learned about unreligious beliefs.
  • Read Proverbs 3:5-6 and discuss how belief in God could give unreligious families hope for the future.
  • Read Romans 1:20 and talk about how God makes His existence known.
  • For Fun: Have your child draw a picture showing how they know God exists.
  • Prayer: Pray for unreligious children who are in the same grade as your child.

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