Immediately Saul/Paul recognized that God was talking to him. "Who are you, Lord?"
God answered, "I am Jesus, who you are hurting." God wanted Saul/Paul to believe that Jesus is the Christ; the one God had promised to send to forgive sin. God wants you to believe the same thing. In astonishment, Saul/Paul believed in Jesus. God told him to go to Damascus, but when Saul/Paul got up to obey he discovered that he was blind. Where he spent three days not eating or drinking anything, but praying.
Meanwhile in Damascus there was a Jesus lover named Ananias. God instructed Ananias to go to Saul/Paul. Ananias was to encourage Saul/Paul. Even though Ananias knew that Saul/Paul was coming to Damascus to imprison Jesus lovers like him, he obeyed and went to Saul/Paul. God used Ananias to heal Saul's blindness and to encourage him to obey Jesus. Saul/Paul was so excited over Jesus that he began to preach Jesus is the Son of God to the people of Damascus! God was going to use this Jesus hater-turn Jesus lover in an amazing way. Next week we well see what plans God had for Saul/Paul.
Pictures of our first week: When the kids arrive they sign in, get a bag & Bible Buck, write their name on the bag and put the bag in the designated area.
Some of the kids really took their time coloring. Others tried to see how fast they could get done!
When the kids were not at the craft table, they could play gaga ball. They absolutely love this game. I added a new pit this year. It is made of PVC pipe and is SO MUCH lighter than the wooden one. The wooden one will remain at the South Annville location, but the PVC pit travels with me to the other sites.
This year I have a helper - Katelyn! She will be teaching the Bible Verses, reading the Missionary Stories and overseeing the Review Games. This year we will be learning the 8 verses that make up the Roman Road. If the kids can say all 8 verse the same week, then they will earn the right to choose a book from the book box. This week, Katelyn taught them Romans 3:23.
See how attentive the kids were while Katelyn taught Romans 2:23?
Then I introduced them to the Wordless Flipper Flapper. Eventually, the kids will make their own Wordless Flipper Flapper.
Then it was our Bible Lesson: Damascus.
Now it was time to use some energy. This week all our games involved bean bags. For some groups, we had a bean bag toss. Other groups played Bean Bag Madness. An still other groups played Bonfire!
Then we returned to the tent for our Missionary Story (ran out of time for the review game). This week's missionary was Gladsy Awland, missionary to China. After club, the kids could spend their Bible Bucks at the Club Store. It was a fantastic first week of Backyard Bible Club 2017!