When you have lived in the same place all of your life and don’t have the means to travel to different areas, the world can seem like a really small place. This is so true, especially for the children of Ethiopia. Most of the children have seen a map but they have no concept of how big the world really is. Some of the children have taken geography in school, but due to limited resources they have seen very few pictures and basically no videos of the rest of the world. Blessing the Children decided to try to change that. The world is a huge, beautiful place with so many different cultures, cuisines and climates. It is a wonderful display of God’s creativity, His majesty, and His power. And we wanted the children to know this.
Every month, the BCI sponsorship program children are brought together for an Activity Day. This is a day of fun, fellowship, learning about the Bible, and a feeding program. Most activity days we try to have a theme but coming up with new themes can be challenging! One of the missionaries had an idea to have an “International Day”. The goal was to teach the children about countries all over the world, to show them God’s diversity, and to show them how God loves everyone in the world.
Six classrooms were set up to represent six different “countries”. The countries represented were: Canada, USA, Holland, Australia, New Zealand, and Samoa. The missionaries that were from these countries were in the rooms waiting for the children. Upon arrival to Activity Day, the children were divided in 6 teams and they traveled from country to country and learned about each of them.
There was also a Bible story shared with each group about God’s love for the world. The children had so much fun learning about different places. They really enjoyed looking at all the pictures from around the world and seeing different ways of dressing, dancing, and sports.
If you have other ideas for Activity Day themes, we would love to hear them! You can submit your ideas to Info@BlessingtheChildren.org. Thank you!