Everest - Conquering Challenges with God's Mighty Power!
(and PUMP your fist a few times Arsenio style?)
I wanted to share a little about my thoughts of this powerful and thought provoking program. Everest is a VBS program designed by Concordia that teaches kids (and grown ups too) that:
God Provides ALL Our Needs (2 Corinthians 9:8)
God Heals the Broken Hearted (2 Corinthians 1-4
God Comforts Us (Ps 147:3)
HE is a God of Forgiveness (Nehemiah 9:17)
Everyone Who Believes on Him with have Eternal Life (John 3:15)
Today's lesson was that God Heals the Broken Hearted and one of the Mini Lessons presented in the Closing session where all the kids meet to Praise & Review what they have learned touched me as I have thought over how I can best help one of my littles work through some issues he is struggling with. Here is what I posted on FB:
"Today's lesson was on our hearts and what makes them SAD. The speaker took a 1/2 heart and listed things that made him sad. Then he took the other half of the heart and did it again. Then he talked about how we can put our hearts back together. He sat down and put a small piece of red tape across both pieces of the heart so it held together. (But both pieces could be moved). The heart wasn't healed. So the speaker ran a long piece of red tape down the center seam of the heart & it made a CROSS. The cross of Jesus can heal our hearts & our hurts.
What a great image for our kids!
(I've seriously GOT to start videoing these these image lessons - they are truly something I can use with the kids!)"
My thoughts: This afternoon during our "rest time" (VBS has kind of put a dent in that this week) I made up a heart for each of the kids. I didn't have any red ink so I used marker and Made up the cross after I cut the 2 pieces of the heart apart. I talked it over with one of my daycare parents and we are going to use it in different ways for our kiddos. One of the children we will use it for Anger Management & the other we will use it for FEAR management. We are going to by those little mini sticky notes and let the kids write out their FEAR or Anger issue as they happen and show the kids how they can take their problems to the cross. What an amazing visual lesson this will be!
I'd love to hear how you have helped your kids with their FEARS or ANGER issues - please feel free to share below if you are comfortable.