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During Palm Sunday we read about crowds of people gathering around Jesus and praising him for the miracles He has done to cure the sicks and to set people free.

Seeing the crowd exuberantly praising Jesus, the Pharisees commanded Jesus to stop the disciples and the crowd from praising. Jesus responded, “I tell you, if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out” (Luke 19:40)

“The stones cry out” implies that people will always praise God; and even if people don’t, the rock will praise Him! It has been a catchy phrase that is used to motivate each other to praise God.

During our prayer walk to enjoy God in nature, the children picked up a rock by the creek side and paint on it.


We wonder… if their rocks would cry out, what would the message be?

Everyone has something special to praise God for.


And their rock project was showcased at our annual Art of Easter exhibition.

Hosanna, Thank You for the cross!


Here’s a beautiful link on Gratefulness Rocks.



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Holy Listening Stones


I came across the “Holy Listening Stone” teaching tool and was immediately fascinated by it.

According to the founder of Holy Listening Stones, Rev. Dr. Leanne Hadley, the practice of using the HLS symbols is to help people share how they feel. Symbol, especially to children, is their “native language”.

These meaningful symbols can encourage a conversation and engage people to talk out their inner thoughts where sometimes they seem at a lost for words to express themselves.


Using the ideas from the Holy Listening Stones, my team and I created our own “holy listening” objects using beautiful knotting pine wood, which is very soothing and calming.

This method of generating meaningful conversation can be used among young and old alike. This practice can be done on a one-on-one approach or in a small group setting.

When asked to reflect how they experienced God in their lives or how their weeks went, these were some of the things shared:


One 6 year old child picked the symbol of a tree and commented, “I choose this one because God is strong and God is taller than a tree!”

One 10 year boy who has abstract thinking, pointed to the tree symbol (to him it looked like an inferno) and blurted out, “that is my mom, she exploded last night just because I didn’t put my socks away in its proper place….”


Another 12 year old picked an exclamation mark and exclaimed, “I have had a very happy week!”


While having a heart to heart talk with one young adult, the person chose the “windy path” and stated in frustration that “God is so hard to figure out, He never gives me a straight answer when I need it.”


Another person who recently had a major career change picked two symbols for reflection.

With the symbol of a footprint, she realized that at any work place, we bound to leave a foot print behind; And she is made aware that it is important to be a “sunshine” to others especially in the working environment.


From this simple and heartfelt sharing of life experiences, I see the mystery and the effectiveness of using these “holy listening stones” as a practice to help one express their feeling and spiritual journey in a more concrete manner. It is also very therapeutic.

For more info on the philosophy of Holy Listening Stones, click here.

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One of the most inviting and friendly Christmas decorations ought to be the Christmas wreath.

Wreath is usually act as a sign of welcoming, as can be seen adorning the entrance of most doors during the Christmas season.

The shape of wreath is circular and often symbolizes unity and eternity; it can also represents peace and victory, as well as a symbol of remembrance.

Since Christmas is round the corner, we opted to make this simple wreath and decorated it with the core of a Christmas message.


The symbol of the Bible is to remind us that we need to read the word of God and hear God speaking to us.


The shape of the sun/star reminds us that God is the Creator of the universe and that we need to thank Him for the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night.

Genesis Spanish Bible Quotes and Vesre images

The torn heart represents broken relationship and sadness which caused us to reflect how we have sinned against God were separated from God.

The powerful sign of the cross points us to Jesus who is the Savior born on Christmas Day; He is the only one who can mend our broken heart and restores our broken relationship with God.


The whole heart expresses the sacrificial love that God has for us; When we place our lives and faith in Jesus, we can have a meaningful and enriching relationship with the eternal God.


Through this joyful and interactive time of making this cheerful Christmas craft, all of us have a greater appreciation of this loving God who is also our Heavenly Father from the Lord’s prayer.


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One in a Minion


The theme for our Children Camp was GP4U (God’s Plan for You) where we learned that God created us so we can have a relationship with Him.


We sang many uplifting songs to worship the Living God who created us.


Besides using the praise songs and Bible to share about life and faith stories,


we also demonstrated some captivating science experiments to reinforce the Bible lessons.


We played some fun activities to encourage friendship and team spirit.



We implemented enriching take home crafts to remind us of GP4U,

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and that we are “one in a minion” (one in a million), whom God created to have a personal relationship with Him through Jesus Christ.




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Farmer’s Market Magic


Going to an island is a great get-away; After a sunny and breezy ferry ride, I finally disembarked at a familiar place that I visit every summer — Salt Spring Island.


Although this visit has almost become a yearly ritual for me, every time I step-foot into the Island, I always find something new, something mesmerizing, especially the magical Saturday Farmer’s Market.


The earthy, ragged, natural looking and mismatched colors art pieces are eye-catching and the market scene feels like rays of rainbow of colors bursting all around.






Strolling leisurely down the hustle and bustle of this crowded market and immersed myself in the endless stalls of creative artisan artwork and goodies was one of the highlights of my magical island get-away.




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Recycled Christmas Card


One of the fun crafts I enjoy creating out of old Christmas card is a beautiful small gift box.

The steps are really simple.

Materials needed are: a pencil, a ruler, a pair of scissors, and a beautiful rectangular Christmas card (a card with a nice, centered image is best).


Separate the “front cover” and the “back side” of the card by cutting it in half on the fold.

Draw 2 diagonal lines or an X from corner to corner on the “writing side” of each card.


Fold the 4 sides of the card right to the dot of the X for the “back side” card.
Do the same for the “front cover” but 0.5 cm away from the dot (extra space needed to serve as lid).


Open the folded cards and hold it hotdog style — make 4 cuts vertically on the bottom and top, where the folds first intersect.


Stand the two sides up, fold the two “flaps” in to create the ends of the box.


Fold the final end flap in and fold over the top of the other two flaps to keep them in place like a box.


Put some treats and trinkets in the box and cover it with the splashy lid ready to be given away.


I discovered the wonderful small gift idea years ago while visiting the Canadian Bible Society.


A staff member taught me how to create this beauteous box.


She told me that some of their missionaries collected recycled Christmas cards, transformed them into colorful gift boxes and filled them with goodies for the children in their mission fields.


During one of our Christmas lessons on gift-gifting, we had fun making the gift boxes.



After the children finished making the box, they filled it with their smile, joy, love, sadness, anger, funny faces… and place it on the manger as a gift for Jesus.



After that, each child was treated to a ring pop!


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According to Psalm 150, we are invited to use all sorts of musical instruments to praise God.

One of the easy and fun “musical instrument” I use for children to praise God is the “trumpeting elephant”.


Thanks to one of the children leaders who single handedly snipping away those 300 foamy elephants for the praising project!


During one of our side trips, we went to visit the elephant farm.

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The young ones were most entertaining to watch. They were very playful in interacting with each other in their playground, such as having body fight using their long trunks.


Some just relaxed and fed on their mommies milk while others enjoyed digging and playing in the mud.


We saw many elephants but hear no trumpeting sound.


Having children praising God with the “trumpeting elephants” was fun to watch too!



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(Trumpeting elephant craft from http://www.spoonful.com)

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Colorful Beads


I was bringing these colourful beads to Africa for one of my object lessons. However, one of my friends took a glance at the craft and commented that the craft looked rather plain for the people there. She said the handicraft created by the indigenous people are usually way more colorful and with intrinsic patterns.

Since I had already asked the children to prepare three hundred sets of the craft material, we trusted these colorful beads would be put to good use.


At one of the children’s gathering, I was able to present the object lesson to around 150 children ranging from preschool age to elementary age.

In this setting, the children learned how each colour of beads could remind them of who God is. After they finished the colorful project, their pastor quizzed them on each of the colors and they were able to respond in unison how each colour represented one aspect of God’s character.

The missionary in charge of the group commented that the craft was fun, meaningful and powerful. He even made one for himself to keep.


At the Preschool teachers’ equipping seminar, the teachers also had the opportunity to work on the colorful beads key chain. We had fun using the colorful beads to reflect on God’s attributes as well as His loving and caring relationship with us. Later, the teachers even recited the Lord’s Prayer to me in Xhosa.


One delightful moment was during the lunch hour when the leader creatively called people out for lunch based on their colorful outfits.

For example, she addressed those wearing white as the holy ones; next she would call out those wearing purple as the royal princesses and so forth. It was such a fun idea of blessing each other that everyone enjoyed the feast with delight.


Though the object of those colourful beads seemed plain, it has definitely enrich our understanding of the holistic prayer and trust in our Heavenly Father.

The locals even taught me how to make the object lesson looked more sophisticated.



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Everyday we are tied together with heartstrings, some we don’t even realize.

Heartstrings — it’s one’s deepest feelings normally attached to a relationship.


February is a special month to remember these heartstrings — to reflect, to appreciate, and most of all, to connect and re-connect.

First there is the Chinese New Year celebration with family reunion; and then there is Family Day, a provincial statutory holiday during this weekend.

Family Day allows us to celebrate heartstrings — whether it is our immediate family or our family in Christ.


What follow next is Valentine’s Day — the day to celebrate romantic relationships or treasured friendships; once again, tugging on our heartstrings.


Looking deeper into all our heartstrings, the centre and the reason of it all is Jesus Christ.

This “Valentine” bookmark reminds and solidifies our love with Jesus.

Because of Jesus, we are saved.

Because of Jesus we can have a heartstrings with God.


心弦 — 以基督的心为心


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Safari Spirit


Here are some fun to experience the safari spirit!


Plain t-shirt, tracing paper and fabric crayon; the color of fabric marker is more vibrant and lasting.


Adorable animal prints by our fun-tastic in-house sketcher.




Iron the colored animal print onto a plain t-shirt.


Next is the safari rain-stick making.


Design the tube according to one’s taste.


Roll over the pattern, paint, draw, calligraph, wrap with wrapping paper… to create an enchanting design.



Insert a crumpled and twisted aluminium foil in the tube and tape both ends of foil in the tube to prevent it from loosen.
(I highly recommend using stainless steel wire — it’s a safe-way, save-on money, with soothing and satisfying sound effect as the beanies cascading through the coiled wire.)



Add one or two handfuls of rice/kernels/beans into the decorated tube and seal the cap tightly with white glue.


Have fun tilting and shaking the rain-stick and listening to the rhythm of the rain-maker!



What a fun safari experiences we have had!

Thanks to two wonderful artistic ladies for painting the adorable safari strawberry giraffe on me 😛


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