CHILDHOOD IS OUR UNIQUE WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY Researchers tell us that lifelong habits, values and beliefs are formed during the first 8 years of life. These are the most precious and important years…when minds and hearts are acutely geared to learning and completely ripe for salvation. Jesus points out this crucial time of receptivity in Matthew 18:3 when He says, “…unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.” In Proverbs 22:6, God’s word tells us to “train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Let’s take the opportunity to reach people with the gospel while they are most receptive… during the years of childhood.
HOW CHURCHES, SCHOOLS, CAMPS & INDIVIDUALS ARE USING THIS RESOURCE
Presenting the Message of Salvation: With large, easy-flip pages and simple, engaging language, you’ll find it easy to read The Best Message of All aloud in a classroom setting or outdoors in a group setting, such as Vacation Bible School. Encourage interaction; for example, on page 16, ask the kids to point to the side that they want to be on. If your group has online access, you can also read and share The Best Message of All on YouTube. Spending some time in prayer beforehand makes all the difference. Pray that God will open the hearts of the kids to understand the message, protect the group from distractions, and help you to present with His power and love.
Special Events: Some churches give out copies of The Best Message of All Coloring Book at their Easter service. At Christmas time, the coloring books are a great addition for ‘Samaritan’s Purse Shoe Boxes.’ Other churches hand out the coloring books at community outreach events or put them inside backpacks to give away to kids.
Summer Camp: I love putting the story up on the screen via YouTube, reading it to the kids, inviting them to pray afterward and then giving them their own copy to color and take home.
New Families: Rocky Mountain Calvary Chapel includes a copy of The Best Message Coloring Book in their Newcomer’s Packet.
Follow-Up: Some teachers meet individually with a child after they receive Christ and present a copy of the book to them.
The Message Bag: Kindergarten Teacher, Jane Welsh, keeps a copy of The Best Message of All in a special cloth bag. She sends “The Message Bag” home with a different student each week. Students are asked to read the book together with their families.
Missions: Each year these coloring books travel with missionary groups to schools and orphanages in many countries of the world. The children enjoy reading the story together and (as I’ve been told) are always so happy when they hear that they can keep the book afterward… especially when it comes with a box of crayons! See the photo album.
Teaching English/Spanish/French: Try using two translations side-by-side when teaching your students a second language.
Bible Curriculum: As a teacher, I love to do a unit each year on ‘The Gospel.’ It gives me great joy to watch children get so excited about their relationship with God. They can’t help but let it spill over and soon they start sharing their faith with family and friends. See lesson outlines.
The Foundation: All of the content in The Best Message of All is entirely rooted and grounded in Bible scripture.