Kids Make a Difference

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Children seem to be born with a desire to serve others. Even a
2-year-old will automatically comfort a crying baby by sharing a

In 2004 when the tsunami hit Southeast Asia, and again when the
hurricanes hit the southern United States in 2005, kids were among
the first to get involved. Children are pre-wired for service!

And Christian children have an added motivation to serve God.
They serve the same God and have the same spiritual gifts as the
rest of us. And they’ve been given the same challenge and promise
from God: “You will be my witnesses, telling people about me
everywhere — in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to
the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8). For children, that might sound
something like this:
“You’ll be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere — at
home and school, throughout your town, across the country, and to
the ends of the earth.”

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Let’s take a look at the many ways you can incorporate service
into the fiber of your ministry from home to church to community to
country to the world — just as in Acts 1:8.

Service at Home

It’s not as exciting as a missions trip to Africa, but
contributing at home is truly the foundation for a lifetime of
service. Here are ideas you can use to get kids serving at

  • Helper’s Hints — On slips of paper, have kids
    write or draw a picture of a way to serve each family member. Then
    place the slips in a decorated shoebox. For example, kids might
    write, “Make Mom’s bed,” “Give a hug,” or “Do the dishes.” Each
    morning kids can choose a slip of paper and use the “hint” to serve
    someone that day. Periodically have kids come up with new ideas to
    add to their boxes at home.
  • Flower Power — Younger children can create
    six construction-paper flowers, while older kids may enjoy
    arranging six artificial flowers in a decorative plastic cup. Have
    kids write one way they’ll serve their families on each flower.
    Kids can place the flowers at home where they’ll see them every day
    and remember to serve.
  • Love Language — Discuss with kids how service
    is doing what someone else needs, not simply doing what we like to
    do for others. Then ask kids to identify meaningful ways they can
    show love to their families. Have kids create a service plan for
    the following week and keep a short journal of people’s reactions
    to their acts of service. Share reports the following week.
  • Service Celebration — Challenge kids to
    complete one act of kindness for each family member during the
    week. In your classroom, have kids share ways they served their
    families so other kids get new ideas. Then serve the kids snacks as
    a celebration of their service.     

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  1. I am just retired from Compassion International India field office as National Church Advocacy Supervisor. Our family involved in chldren ministry (after school programs and School for poorest of the poor in the fishermen colony and housing board colony). How can we partner with you.

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