Uganda Team is home!

Have you seen pictures or heard stories from the group that went to the orphanage called Otino Waa?  In case you missed it, we wanted to show you some pictures, tell you some stories, and give you a few simple ways to pray for the kids at the Orphanage in Uganda!

Can you imagine enjoying some delicious ice cream on a hot summers day in Africa? The child below, named Betty, got to enjoy a cup of ice cream with the couple from Antioch that sponsor’s her each month. The wife, Amanda, tells this story:

“Around 11am Andrew (my husband) and I walked to the house where Betty stays with seven other children who are taken care of by Mama Florence. She had finished her house chores of washing, had taken her bath and was wearing her best outfit made by Mama Florence. We walked hand in had to the café and ate the most refreshing ice cream. Betty is still learning English and often times response with a simple “yes” or “no” but she is sharp and picks up on things quickly. We taught her a new word today: Delicious.”

On this trip, the group led many Bible studies, taught the kids new sports such as basketball, and did whatever they could to help the orphanage. For more stories and pictures, make sure to check out their Facebook group and Amanda Winger’s blog!

There are lots of children that live at this orphanage. Pray that they will feel love from others and love from God every day. Pray that their needs are met, and that they treat each other with kindess and respect.

You can also pray the prayer below for them as well! The kids at the orphanage pray this prayer every day. It is packed full of amazing truths and deep pleas for help and forgiveness. We hope you love it as much as the kids in Otino Waa do!

“I am a special child of God. Chosen and saved for a unique purpose

My life has been difficult; but God has been and will be with me

I have my own guardian angel who watches over me

It is not my fault my parents are dead. I will miss them until the day I die.

I choose to forgive the people and circumstances surrounding their death

Because I know, my own healing and well-being begin in forgiveness

In the future, whenever I feel sad or angry,

I will find someone who loves me and tell them how I feel.

I know I can always talk to God in my heart.

No one can take His love for me away.

I am learning to be grateful for my life knowing that God will use me to help

others, who also have a difficult life,

Life is hard, but God is good!”

 

 

 

Antioch Kids: Preschool

Are you wondering what your preschooler and toddler are learning on Sunday mornings in September? All month long, your child will be learning that “God loves me.”

Why does He love me”, they ask?

The answer is simple. “Because God made me!”

Week 1: The month began with us talking about creation. This lesson emphasized that God made each and every one of us.

Week 2: We will talk about the story of the lost sheep to show how much God loves us. He loves us so much that He will always search for us!

Week 3: Then we will talk about Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and learn that not only does God love us, but He will help us.

Week 4: Finally, we will learn that Jesus is our good friend, as seen in the story when Jesus calms the storm.

Week 5: A fun review of all 4 stories we have learned this month!

Below, you will find a great tool which recommends using Bath Time as a teaching time, designed to help your child remember what they are learning on Sunday mornings!

We added a fun station to your preschooler’s Sunday morning experience. After story time, your preschooler is invited to a fun worship experience! We’d think this is one of the coolest things that happens on Sunday mornings. There is nothing as joyful as 40 preschoolers singing to God and telling Him how much they love Him! We’d love for you to check it out, too.

We are praying that you and your preschooler enjoy Sunday mornings! Let us know if there is anything we can do to help!

See you Sunday!

Linda Van Voorst

Antioch Kids: Elementary

Our God spoke into the darkness and created the entire universe. He is big enough to control the wind and the rain, yet able to meet the needs of the smallest sparrow. God knows all things and still desires to hear each of our prayers.

As we learn more about who God is and what He does, respect becomes a natural response to God’s character. But not only does God have all authority, according to the Bible, He also sets up governing authorities on earth. So showing respect to those in authority over us is an extension of showing respect to God.

This month’s memory verse is a quick and easy reminder of exactly that: “Show proper respect to everyone.” (1 Peter 2:17a, NIV) Proper respect acknowledges what is appropriate given the situation and position of the person. The person in authority over us was made by, is loved, and was placed in authority by God. We show them respect with our speech, actions, and attitude.

But what if we disagree with our authority? Sometimes respect means we won’t get our way or that our idea won’t win out. It might mean swallowing our pride in a very humbling moment. Or choosing our words very carefully when it would be easier to lash out or say something hurtful or defensive. When we stop and remember to respond with words and actions that show our authorities they are important, that they are made by God, and that God has given them their position, we show respect to our authority and to God.

In Week One, the faith of the centurion (Matthew 8:5-13) helps us recognize God’s ultimate authority. The centurion is a man who knows respect and demands it from the soldiers under his command. Yet, he humbly respects Jesus’ authority even though he isn’t even a Jew. He understands who is really in charge.  Our Bottom Line is: Respect God because He’s in charge of everything.

In Week Two, we come to understand that God puts authorities in our lives to help protect and guide us, whether we agree with or even like them. Romans 13:1-5teaches that God has established the governing authorities in our lives. When we respect them, we respect God. Our Bottom Line is: Respect God by respecting the people He’s put in charge.

In Week Three, when David spares Saul’s life (1 Samuel 24), he demonstrates that often those in authority haven’t earned our respect. When we have the self-control to show respect with our actions and attitude, God is honored. But respect doesn’t mean letting someone hurt you or others. David was smart to run away and get help. The Bottom Line is: Respect those in authority, even if they don’t deserve it.

In Week Four, we hear the contrast our words can create when we aren’t respectful (James 3:9-12). We’ll learn the importance of being consistently respectful with our speech. Respect or disrespect is obvious in our tone and the words we choose. In some cases, what we don’t say shows the most respect. So, our Bottom Line is:When you respect others with your words, you show respect to God.

In Week Five, The Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:5-13) teaches us that when we pray we are discovering what God desires and then cooperating with it. As we recognize that God already knows what we need, we approach Him with an attitude of respect. Prayer is an important faith skill because it reminds us that we’re not in charge and that we need help. The Bottom Line is: What you think about God determines how you talk to Him.

Respect is truly a question of how we respond to our authorities. Will we assume that everyone has something they can teach us? Or will we stubbornly work to get our own way? When we choose to elevate our attitude and think a little higher, we show others they are important because God has given them their authority.

We are excited to look at the virtue of respect and understand why God says it is important! We’d love if you were a part of this adventure by talking to your kids about respect at home! Make sure to grab a Parent Pack to make the conversation easier!

See you Sunday!

Linda