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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

17 Stories Training

Last Saturday, Rachel and I taught 59 church leaders about the "17 Stories Course" by Book of Hope.  We had a blast teaching for 8 hours, but it was also a blessing to work so closely with Rachel in even preparing for the big day.  21 churches were in attendence and it's so exciting to see people get fired up about children's ministry!
 Every teacher received a manual with story guidelines, themes, Bible verses, games, follow-up questions and pictures.
 We began the day with a few worship songs.
 Leaders studied their new material diligently.
 Each child will also receive pictures.  1 big story card picture is divided into 16 smaller stories, to share the whole Gospel presentation in a simple way.
 I brought the class outside to teach them the story of Elijah on Mt. Carmel.
 Inside again, Rachel and \I acted out the story of David and Goliath!
 I got to be the tall, arrogant Philistine!
 Rachel was the faithful shepherd boy.
 We took an hour to teach them 17 new games to play... one for each story.
Here I am, giving instructions on how to untangle the "human knot".
A great training... with lots of follow up to happen because I now need to visit the churches and see how the teachers are managing with this new material.  All of the materials were provided by Book of Hope, an international agency, that has an office in Kampala.  I believe we gave out enough materials to teach over 1700 children.  The Lord is Good!

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