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Prayer Blankie

At the Children Prayer Retreat (CPR), we provided each child with a piece of homemade cloth, the size of a beach towel, for them to use as their “prayer blankie” or “magic carpet”.

The prayer blankie creates a boundary as well as a sacred space for the children to ponder about God.

The kids really liked this calming and unhurried pace of reflecting on God as they enjoyed their sweet time on the blankie writing prayer journal,reading prayer books, and drawing for God.


After the 3-day retreat, and when it’s time to collect the blankies, the kids pleaded to let them keep the blankie for they grew quite attached to it.

Normally we don’t let children bring the blankies home as we usually save it for future use; but seeing the eagerness of the children wanting to use it as for prayers, we gladly let them keep it.


Although there is no magic in this piece of cloth, we know this miracle carpet is a good tool for children to enhance their prayer life; and to experience God who is the miracle maker in our daily lives.


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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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On this Good Friday, we contemplated once again on Jesus sacrificial love for us on the cross.


Our contemplation was based on the Seven Sayings of Jesus on the cross.
(Three sayings from the gospel of Luke;
Three from the gospel of John;
and one from both the gospel of Matthew and Mark.)


Since pretzel is one of the food for lent. We started our session by listening to the captivating story of how the tradition of pretzel came about…. of how the monks in the monastery used their left-over dough from the bread baking… of how they thought of the idea to knead the dough into the shape of prayer posture of crossed arm over the shoulder, hence the famous pretzel snack.


It was also said that monks rewarded children with pretzels when the young ones memorized their prayers. Pretzel comes from the word Pretiola — in Italian meaning little reward. After the interesting pretzel story, we prayed with our arms crossed over our shoulders in the form of “pretzel” and enjoyed this “lenten” pretzels.


Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.
Luke 23:34


Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.
Luke 23:43


Here’s your son, here’s your mother
John 19:26-27


Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?
=My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Matthew 27:46 & Mark 15:34


In this “darkest”station, we pondered how it felt like to be forsaken.


I am thirsty.
John 19:28


It is finished.
John 19:29-30


Father, into Your hands I commit my spirit.
Luke 23:46




The children were intrigued by the old testament sacrificial ritual and had a better understanding of Jesus’ sacrificial love for us on the cross.


After journeying through the Seven sayings, children paused to reflect on which saying of Jesus meant most to them.



Children reflecting on family (yellow table represents warmth)
and “I am thirsty” (blue represents water).


Of course, purple represents God’s kingdom.


Children writing down their names and believing in Jesus promise of paradise!



*The Bridge by William Ressler

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A crèche is similar to the setting of a preschool and a daycare center.


The children at the Crèche loved to learn and love to sing. They were great singers and their singing were electrifying. Their voices were more than angelic; they sounded just like a refreshing bubbling brook, soothing and pleasing to ears and soul. Those kids were born to sing!


The first creche building in Khayelitsha was sponsored by the Consulate of Canada in South Africa through the initiation by missionary Pastor Young Ohm.

For the past fifteen years or so, Pastor Ohm had helped raised money from overseas to build the twenty-three Creches throughout the township of Khayelitsha.


When enough fund was made available, Pastor Ohm would go to a particular community and asked if they would like to have a creche center for free to create jobs for the community and to bless the families in the communities.

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If the leaders welcomed the idea, they would carve out a piece of land for African Leadership to help build the center; and the construction of the creche was usually done through the partnership between the local hired builders and the short term mission team.

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Once the creche was set up, the missionary would present the Center to the community leaders.


The latter would operate the Center on its own by hiring their own teachers and recruiting children from their own particular community.


To networking and equipping the teachers with effective teaching, LOVE-a (Lily of the Valley Educare Association) program under African Leadership, sponsors a monthly on-going teachers enriching and fun training for all the teaching team from the twenty-three creche centers.


On a weekly basis, African Leadership also provides nutritious hot meal program to some centers. Due to limited funding, only eleven out of the twenty-three centers received such meal program.


Each week the missionary in charge of food distribution purchases a-week-long grocery supplies for the Preschool Center. The food usually includes rice, milk, chicken, sugar, canned fish, spices, potatoes, juice, fruits and vegetables.


Since our organization has an on-going financial support towards the creche’s ministry, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to see how various ministries are being carried out.


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Our team had a chance to participate in one of the “I’m Precious to Jesus” campaigns held in South Africa.


The purpose of the campaign is to empower children and to let the community know that they are Precious to Jesus.

The “I’m Precious to Jesus Campaign” works very closely with the local Children’s Church committee.


When a campaign is held, they would invite four or five children’s churches to join the rally.


On that particular day, the children’s church leaders would gather the children in their respective station and then march in unity to the designated central location for the kick off.


This particular campaign that we participated in was sponsored by the Sunday school children from Burnett Fellowship Church in Maple Ridge. The children did a bake sale over the Christmas holiday and raised $1,500.00 for the campaign.


With the money, they were able to produce three hundred plus T-shirts for the children to wear;


as well as 5000 brochures to be handed out declaring that they are precious to Jesus.





This is the 11th campaign. The campaign is never repeated twice in the same location. Once the campaign has been held in one location, the organizing team will start planning for the next rally in another location.


The campaign can only happen when there are some generous individuals, couples, organizations or churches who are willing to sponsor financially towards the next campaign.


The money goes towards the vibrant T-shirts with the statement “I’m Precious to Jesus”,


the flyers describing the need to respect and honor children for the well-being of the country,


and a light refreshment for the children at the end of rally.


So far various individuals, organization such as World Vision, and churches from Australia, Canada, Germany, Korea, USA have supported this transforming campaign over the past four years.


Mhakaza March on Feb 15, 2014
Sponsoring Church: Burnett Fellowship Church (shirts and leaflets) & Missionary Insik Kim (Snack)

Lesotho March on Oct 27, 2013
Sponsoring Church: World Vision Lesotho (50%), Rev. Sung Jin Jun (50%)

Nkanini March on May 18, 2013
Sponsoring Church: Missionary Insik Kim 40%, One Church Perth (Australia) 30%, St. Andrews Presbyterian Church (Lindsey, ON) 30%

Bhekela March on Nov 11, 2012
Sponsoring Church: Disciple Methodist Church (Vancouver) 50% plus t-shirts sales

Zwei Zwei March on Sep 12, 2012
Sponsoring Church: Richard Wright, Charissa Nissen and Lighthouse Ministries (VKPC)

Makhaya Drama Competition & March on May 19, 2012
Sponsoring Church: Vineyard Church in Stuttgart, Germany, All Nations Community Church in Seattle, t-shirts sales

SST March on Mar 4, 2012
Sponsoring Church: Piet Ferreria plus t-shirts sales

Site B March on Dec 3 2011
Sponsoring church: Piet Ferreria

Site C Church on Nov 26, 2011
Sponsoring Church: Piet Ferreria

Zola March on Nov 11, 2011
Sponsoring Church: One Church Perth (Australia)



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Let the children come


When we reached the meeting place, there were already quite a number of children waiting for us at the shack. I thought we could start our program right away, but we were invited to go and gather more kids.


So we followed the local leaders and children as they led us around the neighbourhood and chanted “Sunday School, Sunday School.” Within minutes, there were around 150 children flocking to join us at the children’s church.


In another children’s church setting, children sang “Sunday School is the best; You need to join it now!” to invite other children from the community to join them.



Apparently, this is the customary way the local missionaries invite children for children’s church.


The children’s church could only happen if the local community approve such worth-while church program for their children. So far there are 120 children’s churches being held weekly at various neighborhoods and majority of the gatherings are held in open field.

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The indigenous pastors and leaders have a really good system in running the children’s church to build up children and youth in their society.




Many of the current children’s church leaders are those who attended children’s church themselves in the past.  Because of their experiences hearing Bible stories, worshiping God and trusting in Him, many youth and young adults have now become dedicated children’s church leaders.


These young teachers and leaders are continually being trained and nurtured with the word of God and team projects by local missionaries.  Every year, they conduct several youth camps for these young teachers as well as for potential children’s teachers to equip and train them to be disciples of Christ. They also conduct weekly Youth for Christ Bible studies at different location in the township.


Our team had the opportunity to participate in the children’s church, the youth camp as well as their first Youth for Christ Bible Study kick-off.


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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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Before I left for my trip, the Sunday School children and teachers wrote me a card and reminded me to share the gospel.

What does gospel mean?


According to Romans 1:16, ”it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.”


Romans 5:8 “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”


The gospel is a good news about the salvation we can have through Jesus.


When we visited the public school, we had the opportunity to share the Word of God with the high schoolers.


Each student received a cross as a symbol to remind them of the gospel, the good news of God’s sacrificial love for them through Jesus Christ.  We visited four classes and were able to hand out a cross to each of the 200 students.


In another setting with children gathering and during home visitations, we were able to present the mystery of the gospel, the message of Jesus’ love, and give out crosses to many households in one of the villages.



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Sweets from Heaven


This store reminded me of a conversation I had with someone recently who is a Sunday School Superintendent. We were reminiscing that when we were younger, one of the reasons we were attracted to Sunday School was to get free candy or a decorated pencil. We teased that because of the sweets we received from the local church, we were led to become Children leaders. Aaah, those candies must be sweets from heaven!

On my recent trip, our team brought some donated candies so we could share them with the children in South Africa. The candies were like five loaves and two fish — the more we gave, the more candies we had to give away. Just for sheer fun, I counted the people we had given to and figured that we had handed out almost 3,000 pieces of sweet treats away!

In our regular Sunday School setting, we also give out treats to children; we not only give them regular sweets but also the Word of God, which is sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb.

Psalm 19:7-11

The law of the Lord is perfect,
refreshing the soul.

The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.

The precepts of the Lord are right,
giving joy to the heart.

The commands of the Lord are radiant,
giving light to the eyes.

The fear of the Lord is pure,
enduring forever.

The decrees of the Lord are firm,
and all of them are righteous.

They are more precious than gold,
than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey,
than honey from the honeycomb.

By them your servant is warned;
in keeping them there is great reward.


To have a taste of Africa, I also brought back some treats for our children to enjoy.


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