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I AM SOMEBODY • WHEN GEESE FLY BACKWARD • BEAUTIFUL SOUNDS 26 ISSUE1 January 1-April 30 contents 16 columns 14 6 4 from the editor Gary D. Erickson 6 director’s chair Gary D. Erickson 8 around the world in 60 seconds 10 spotlight on ministry E. J. McDougall 12 teacher to teacher Joni Owens 14 tips for teachers Billie J. Lambert 16 helping the hurting David Reynolds Editor in Chief ..........................................................Robert Fuller Editor ......................................................................Gary L. Randol 19 servant to servant Design ....................................................................Elizabeth Loyd Richard M. Davis General Sunday School Director ................Gary D. Erickson General Sunday School Secretary ................Gary L. Randol General Sunday School Administrative Secretary Lana R. Farnell 21 teacher’s devotion (USPS 698-310) Gary D. Erickson Contact Us: General Sunday School Division•8855 Dunn Road•Hazelwood, MO•63042-2299 Christian Educator is published quarterly by the General Sunday School Division of the United Pentecostal Church International, 8855 Dunn Road, Hazelwood, MO 63042-2299. The 22 focus on leadership Christian Educator is the official organ of the General Sunday School Division. Subscription price is $9.95 per year. Periodicals postage paid at Hazelwood, Missouri. Postmaster: Send Steve Allard address changes to Christian Educator, 8855 Dunn Road, Hazelwood MO 63042-2299. christian educator•volume 26/issue 1•winter 2005•3 from the editor Gary L. Randol Jason Darwin Erickson August 13, 1974—November 2, 2005 MEMORIAL I am cognizant of the fact that many of you are not aware of the recent passing of Jason Erickson. He is the son of Gary and Judy Erickson, our General Sunday School Director. Although there were disappointments in his life, the faith and the power of prayer on the part of his parents and family can be a source of encouragement to all of us. As a point of interest and to strengthen our faith, I have asked the Ericksons to write an article concerning Jason’s life. Please continue to uplift them in prayer. Gary L. Randol was there at his mother’s side when Jason came into the world. I will I never forget the joy of becoming a father and the exhilaration of hav- ing a healthy son. The first time I held this tiny bundle in my arms, I thanked God for this remarkable gift and asked for His divine guidance to be a godly father. Jason’s childhood was a normal one for the most part—although, his energy level kept us running to keep up with his zest for life. When Jason was seven years old, he began begging me to baptize him. I made a deal that if he convinced me of his sincer- ity I would grant his wish. His love for action made me suspi- cious he just loved the excitement of the baptism process. After making the deal, he would pray in the altar faithfully and with great intensity. Sometimes I caught him peeping to see if I was noticing his fervor. It was a cold winter night when his dream was finally realized. We did not have a baptistery heater and the water was extremely cold. When he came out of the icy water, he had stammering lips from the cold, but he also was speaking in tongues as the Spirit gave him utterance. That was one of the greatest moments in all of my memories! Jason loved church 4•christian educator•volume 26/issue 1•winter 2005 and Sunday school. It was his life! selor told me that his devotion to study was unusually intense. He When Jason reached puberty things begin to change in the devoted himself to his studies with a focus that was consistent with direction of his lifestyle. Being lured by worldly friends, he chose his other pursuits in life. to go a direction contrary to the way he had been raised. For Jason seemed to be at the peak of life. He had plans for get- several years, his life was rifled with trouble and disappointments. ting a degree, marriage, and career. He was an avid runner— Satan’s bid for his soul was ferocious. He was incarcerated a running five to six miles a day. He was also a body builder and a number of times, he totaled six automobiles, and spent a number health-conscious devotee. He was a picture of health and vitali- of stints in drug rehabilitation centers. The fact that his life was ty. That is why his death November 2, 2005 came as a total sur- spared during this time is a miracle. It was the prayers of family prise to his family and friends. For Jason, it was not a surprise! and friends that kept him alive! His diary reveals that he was anticipating his home going and Two years ago Jason had a renaissance in his spiritual life. had accepted this as God’s will. Alone in a jail cell, he gave his heart to God and was refilled with He told his grandmother that the day he rededicated his life to the Holy Spirit. He said God overwhelmed him like he had never God, he prayed, “God, if I ever start to turn back to my former experienced before. He rejoiced, he wept, and he spoke in life, take me!” This prayer illustrates the intensity of his resolve. tongues! Once out of incarceration, his pastor, William Dillon, re- As a parent, our ultimate prayer was answered—Jason was baptized him in Jesus’ name. For the past two years, Jason had saved! We will miss his fun-loving personality, his frequent made enormous progress toward God and had finally broken the phone calls, his affectionate hugs, his masculine physique, and back of the addictions that had plagued him for so many years. his beautiful smile. Nevertheless, God always knows best! He was a fulltime student in a local college and his student coun- — Gary D. Erickson a Extravaganzas (Junior Bible Quiz – 2006) National Junior Bible Quizmaster – Marty Johnson 731-584-3097 1. March 17-18, 2006 Church North East Region Pastor C. Edward Stump – 609-654-1317 Apostolic Tabernacle Coordinator – Jerry Edwards – 610-932-4197 Washington & Devins Rd. 159 Oxford St. • Oxford, PA 19363 923 W. Washington Ave. Study verses: Matthew 22:46 – 137 verses Pleasantville, NJ 08232-3828 2. March 31 - April 1, 2006 Western Region Pastor James K. McPhaill – 559-733-8361 Coordinator – Jonathan Kendrick – 559-784-6970 Pentecostal Lighthouse 939 N. Main St. • Porterville, CA 93257-1684 1219 W. Noble Ave. Study verses: Matthew 26:35 – 167 verses Visalia, CA 93277-2344 3. April 7-8, 2006 South East Region Pastor Darrell W. Johns – 770-944-3522 Coordinator – Art Zappa – 803-442-3661 Atlanta West Pentecostal Church 601 Old Walnut Branch • N. Augusta, SC 29860 2960 Skyview Dr. Study verses: Matthew 26:35 – 167 verses Atlanta (Lithia Springs), GA 30122 4. April 21-22, 2006 South Central Region Pastor Tom Foster – 214-339-5209 Coordinator – Mark Green – 936-872-3727 Dallas First Church PO Box 556 • Broaddus, TX 75929 5606 W. Illinois Ave. Study verses: Matthew 26:75 – 207 verses Dallas, TX 75211 5. April 28-29, 2006 North Central Pastor Paul Mooney – 317-262-4030 Coordinator – Stephen Waddel – 765-457-7902 Calvary Tabernacle Church Inc. 2613 Wynterpointe Dr. • Kokomo, IN 46901 902 Fletcher Ave. Study verses: Matthew 26:75 – 207 verses Indianapolis, IN 46203-1039 Encouraging and Equipping Educators Name ______________________________________________________________________________ Address ____________________________________________________________________________ City ________________________________________________________________________________ State ____________________________________________________________Zip________________ USPS 698-310 Single Subscription Single Subscription: $9.95 each ISBN 08-0745-953X Bundle (# of copies) ____ Bundles of ten or more: $7.95 each director’s chair Gary D. Erickson Children . . . GREATEST IN THE KINGDOM “At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 18:1-4). nurturing for them. My influence would help them navigate the labyrinth of life. All I could do was give them a life-map. Executing the trip would be ultimately theirs. It is selfish and immature to live only for the present. If we are to survive as a people, someone must think and plan ahead. Now is the time to shape the future. Investing in our children is investing in our future. Early childhood investment can save money, heartache, trouble, spiritual and physical poverty, and all kinds of human despair. The environmental influence on the life of a child is immeasurable. One of the greatest attributes a child possesses is the belief that they have potential. A child depends a great deal on what his par- ents believe about him. As John Maxwell said, “A child has no clear picture of himself. He sees himself only in the mirror of his parents’ evaluation of himself.” Developing an attitude of unlimited potential starts with the parent and the teacher. No matter what happens in any given day, if we think our child has potential, we are more likely to work to develop that potential Some nights I stood in the doorway of my with them. Pharaoh, the ancient Egyptian king, ordered all the Hebrew children’s bedrooms just contemplating baby boys to be murdered. Jochabed, Moses mother and a Hebrew, carefully concealed Moses in a basket and sent him the sanctity of the moment. I watched down the Nile River. Eventually, the basket found its way into the hands of Pharaoh’s daughter who recognized Moses as a their silent forms resting under the tucked Hebrew baby. She immediately favored Moses, so rather than take him home, which would have meant his certain death, covers as the soft moon light reflected off she hired a Hebrew woman to hide and raise him for a few years. Though Pharaoh’s daughter did not realize it, the their innocent faces. woman she had hired was the child’s mother. Why did Jochabed get Moses back? It could be that God here they rested in my care. My love for them made me returned Moses to his mother because He could trust her. Her T linger momentarily just to ponder the nurturing bond of parent and child. The mystique that surrounded these young lives and the budding human potential that lay in my insight was what God needed to train Moses in the way he should go. It was during his early years, the formative years, that his potential would require careful cultivation to ensure he control was exhilarating and at the same time frightening. They would fulfill God’s great purpose for his life. Jochabed had the did not know of my presence standing there while they slept insight and commitment to unlock his potential. so still—just as they were unaware of so many other things. Like Jochabed, we have our children for a few brief years to These little human beings were on a journey, a journey with cultivate their potential. Our insight must be keen and our dedi- purpose and destiny. It would be an arduous journey with cation to their success steadfast. We must be able to look sharp turns, steep inclines, and bumpy roads. It was my beyond the natural circumstances and see what God has responsibility to bring them with me on my journey for a dis- deposited within each of our children. Their potential is limit- tance. Then at some point in the future, they would part com- less, and it is our responsibility as parents to unlock it! pany and go their own way. Now was a time of training and Perhaps this is why Jesus said they are the greatest in the kingdom! a 6•christian educator•volume 26/issue 1•winter 2005 around the world in 60 seconds Dorsey Burk CHILE: In December 2005, two Sunday School Rallies were held in Chile. Children gathered from surrounding neighbor- hoods to hear the message of salvation at the church in Florida. The church was packed with excited, noisy children. Once again an evangelistic campaign was held in O’Higgins. The puppet ministry captivated the attention and imagination of little ones, and then the Word was brought home to them with LESOTHO: Our revival serv- a message of hope that is life changing. Many of these chil- ices with Rev. Tim Greene went very dren live on the very edge of society. In a society of promiscu- well. The Lord filled more than twenty people with the baptism ity, our message of hope must reach the hearts of the young of the Holy Ghost. Several were from our United Nations Bible before they are dragged into the lifestyle of the world. study group, and a few of the parents from the children’s —Darry and Kathy Crossley, church drama were filled. Our neighbors on both sides Regional Director, South America Region received the Holy Ghost. India, Uganda, Liberia, Malawi, Nigeria, and Lesotho were represented by the different nation- UNITED KINGDOM: We have had a new convert come into alities that received the baptism of the Holy Ghost. the fold here in Liverpool recently. He was on the way to his —David Kline grandchild’s funeral and looked at our church as they drove by. The sign above the door quotes John 3:5 and has “Did you TRINIDAD/TOBAGO-SPANISH CARIBBEAN: One of the know?” writen before it and “Have you?” after it. He said as he Bible school students reports that while he was going from was looking, the sign grew and a light came upon it so he house to house telling people about the Lord, he came to could clearly read it. (I have stood with him were he was as he house where the family was crying as the man of the house drove past and from there he CANNOT read the sign.) On the was near death. They had called an ambulance (but in following night, he felt that he had to come to the service. He Trinidad that takes hours). The student asked if he could pray did and has never looked back. He received the Holy Ghost. for the fellow. While the student was praying, the man and soon after he was baptized in the wonderful name of opened up his eyes, tried to sit up, and was healed! Thank Jesus. Now he brings his other grandchildren to church with God we can depend on Him much more than we can on the him! medical system here! —John and Sherri Hemus —Gary Landaw EL SALVADOR: Thank the Lord for a tremendous ladies con- POLAND: On February 14, 2005, during a prayer meeting at vention on Saturday, March 26, 2005. There were approxi- our church in Warsaw, Wiesek Jedrzejewski received the Holy mately nine thousand ladies in attendance and 178 new people Ghost! After the meeting, his wife, Halina, was baptized in were filled with the Holy Ghost. Jesus’ name. She had already received the Holy Ghost. — Scotty Slaydon Then also in Warsaw that following Thursday, February 17, 2005, Jarek Machalski was baptized in Jesus’ name. Prior to GDFM: Five hundred and fify-eight were filled with the Holy him being baptized, we prayed for him and Andrzej Opaluch to Ghost in Papua New Guinea at the national conference in receive the Holy Ghost, and both were filled with the Holy March 2005. One little boy who could not talk was healed and Ghost evidence by speaking in tongues. left talking. We are thrilled at what the Lord is doing in Poland! — Bruce Howell —Ray Nicholls a EQUATORIAL GUINEA: We also want to report God’s pro- Dorsey Burk, Executive Assistant in Foreign Missions Division tection during a time of Cholera outbreak in Malabo. Many and Secretary of Veterans of Foreign Missions, is a graduate of lives were claimed at this time. One of the members’ three Conqueror’s Bible College, Portland, Oregon. He served as mis- children became seriously sick, but after prayer God delivered sionary in Jamaica and Germany before coming to WEC. Dorsey and healed them. The doctor that had been caring for them has authored several books. acknowledged the power of prayer as he asked the church to pray for him and his family. What a GREAT GOD we serve! — From Pasto Mua 8•christian educator•volume 26/issue 1•winter 2005 Word Aflame Publications has produced two CDs of worship songs that reinforce Bible truths and lessons. Both offer brand-new songs by Apostolics, sung by Apostolic children. Meet Kids in Praise offers fifteen Your brand-new songs performed by The Pentecostals of Clearwater Children’s Youth Choir, Clearwater, Florida. All songs were arranged and produced by Kim Editor I am Kent d Curry, and I have one wife (Nita), Ballestero. Tracks 1-15 are music and ISBN# 0757731325 one prodigy (Caleb), one dog, and 3,000 books. vocals to help the children learn the songs, and tracks 16-30 are music only for the children to sing along. I joined Word Aflame in 2000. Other hats I wear include communications You Gotta Have the Holy Ghost No One Loves Me director for PPH by day, Sunday school teacher One God All Ye Children Praise Him on Sunday, assistant to the youth Pastor on Hug from Heaven Heaven Mondays and Wednesdays, an executive editor of www.ninetyandnine.com weekly, and All My Days Blessed and Highly Favored father/husband 24-7. Woke Up This Morning Lord, I Worship You My favorite Bible character/story: As a kid, Inside Out Obey there was nobody cooler than David, but as an Five Steps No Rock Gonna Cry Out adult I lean toward Daniel and Elijah, as their Galatians 5:26 lives seem so much more representative of life in this post-Christian twenty-first century. My favorite thing about Youth curriculum Kids in Praise 2 is a brand-new is the Break Point feature that allows teach- CD arranged and produced by ers to customize their lesson for new converts Stephanie Hutton. Eleven new songs or grew-up-in-the-church teens (what I call feature the Fresh Praise Kids Singers Professional Pentecostals). The more options of Asheboro, North Carolina. The split- teachers receive, the better the lesson. track formatting allows the children to ISBN# 075773264X My most challenging part about Youth sing in church or class, with or without the vocals. curriculum is staying relevant (when creat- ing material roughly five quarters in advance Shout to the Lord with Praise I Wanna Please You, Father of publication) and authentic, because Jesus Reign/Reign in Me Lord, You’re Holy authenticity is the currency of this genera- I Don’t Want to Take One Breath He’s Been Good tion. Without it, Youth curriculum is DOA. The Earth Is the Lord’s Love, Peace, and Joy My best trait is my loyalty no matter what. Once you earn your way into my little circle, I Wanna Testify Once Again it’s almost impossible to escape. Buy the Truth The best work I ever did was convincing my (then) employer that I was needed to help Both CDs offer some songs that are intended for use in classroom settings, open our brand-new London office. I spent while the others are perfect for choir performance. Using the vocals in both two months in that spectacular city—and settings gives the children extra confidence in singing, especially when before a they paid me! Long hours during the week, but the weekends were mine. My only regret crowd, as well as the extra sound enhancements offered in a full recording. is that I had to sleep sometimes. Order your CDs today through the Pentecostal Publishing House. To learn more about Word Aflame curriculum, visit www.upci.org/wap. www.upci.org/wap firstname.lastname@example.org 314-837-7300 www.pentecostalpublishing.com spotlight on ministry E.J. McDougall The OLD GREEN BAG The sanctuary is filled with children wait- country and around the globe. Anyone who has seen it knows it carries all the story props. It’s amazing what all has come out ing with anticipation, some even on the of that bag – cowboy hats, Joseph’s coat, running shoes and hockey gloves—the list seems endless. The props in that bag edge of their seats. He takes his time make the lessons come alive. “YES I CAN”—countless campers have gone home with a lit- walking to the center of the platform, tle card containing a simple message “YES I CAN” live for God, be victorious, be filled, be faithful, and be used of God. always carrying an OLD GREEN BAG. Some have placed it in their room or in a school locker while others have carried it in a purse or wallet. That little card is a he children know this man has come with a message just constant reminder that they can be in the kingdom of God and T for them. The story starts out slowly—always on their level—and within a few moments, he has captured their attention. For those privileged to have been in the audience, live for Him. Eric McDougall’s burden and love for our children and youth is evident. He just loves kids. He firmly believes seeing our you have undoubtedly come away with your soul full and your children and youth filled with God’s Spirit is of utmost impor- mind refreshed in the Holy Ghost. tance. He also stresses the importance of the church and min- The ministry of E. J. McDougall is diverse and covers a vast istry in their lives as well as developing that essential relation- spectrum. Not only is he the pastor of Christian Tabernacle, in ship with God. Sikeston, Missouri, he is also involved in Bible colleges, camp His Teacher Training and Leadership Seminars are in high meetings, conventions and teacher training seminars. His min- demand, challenging instructors to stretch their abilities and istry has had a far-reaching effect, spreading across the leave mediocrity behind. He ministers to teachers with the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Asia, and Africa. same creativity and exuberance that he has for children. The His teaching method, which involves use of stories, skits, material is up-to-date and relevant to teachers trying to reach costumes, voice tones, exaggerated facial expressions, and this generation. To participate in one of his seminars is invigor- lots of audience interaction, reflects that of the master teacher. ating, refreshing, motivating, and uplifting.a Most importantly, it flows from his heart. Eric McDougall’s les- sons are well prepared and presented. During the story, you Contact Information: will laugh, cry, shout, pray and worship – sometimes all at Pastor E. J. McDougall once. His goal is to draw you to the altar. The altar service is a P.O. Box 1372 special time when God fills those wanting to receive the Holy Sikeston, MO 63801 Ghost, renews those in need of a refreshing, and blesses Home Phone: 573-471-0677 those wanting to thank Him for all He’s done. Church Phone: 573-472-3433 Oh yes, that OLD GREEN BAG . . . well, it’s just a part of him. That bag has accompanied Eric McDougall across the 10•christian educator•volume 26/issue 1•winter 2005 teacher to teacher Joni Owens Are Teacher Training Sessions Necessary? A public school teacher must go through ing at seminars and conferences throughout the country. WM: I am a certified public school teacher, but I have taught several years of education to earn the Sunday school and children’s church for over thirty-five years. HE: I have taught Sunday school for eight years. Unfortunately, right to teach children. I have never participated in a teacher training seminar. I have never been made aware of any seminars of this type. pon receiving her degree and landing her first job, she LT: Yes. U soon learns that her education is far from over. Continuing education is not an option; to stay employed, she must take classes, attend seminars, participate While some have been blessed to either attend or teach training seminars, we are constantly made aware that many do not; it is sad that such opportunities are not promoted so that in hands-on training sessions, and of course read, read, and more may take advantage of them. Thankfully, this problem is read. receiving the attention it deserves, and more districts and local If teacher training is that important in the secular world, what churches are offering at least annual teacher training semi- then must we as Sunday school teachers and children’s work- nars. The General Sunday School Division also hosts an annu- ers do to reach our children? Is knowledge of God’s Word all al Children’s Ministry Convention, designed specifically for that we need? The answer to that is a resounding no! The sal- Sunday school teachers and children’s ministry workers. vation of our children often depends on us, and so our deliv- 2. Do you feel that regular teacher training for Sunday ery, ability, communication skills, creativity, and understanding school and children’s church workers is important? Why of teaching and learning must be the best that we can possibly or why not? make it. When one considers that our children are only with us DP: I believe that attending some form of teacher training is for one to three hours per week (Sunday school and children’s vital to keeping ourselves fresh and aware of new and exciting church), we absolutely must do all that we can to reach them. methods and programs to teach a timeless message in a time- So, what do you do to be the best teacher you can be? Do ly manner. you attend Sunday school conventions? Does your church WM: Teacher training is important because it keeps the offer annual teacher training seminars? When your district teachers fresh and able to share and learn new ideas and hosts its annual Sunday school meetings, are you able to approaches. Teachers in the secular world must attend contin- attend? What books have you read lately that opened your uing education classes; how much more should we want to eyes to specific needs, such as learning styles, handling chil- continue our education in order to reach souls of all ages! dren with disabilities, understanding the challenges of dysfunc- HE: I feel that it is extremely important because of many rea- tional families? sons. I think that when you teach for so many years, it is good With all of this in mind, we asked a few teachers and chil- to get new ideas and insights. Things are always changing and dren’s workers some questions regarding teacher training semi- there are always new concepts that can be learned to benefit nars. We hope that their responses help you—more specifically, not only the students, but the teacher as well. I know I don’t inspire you to host or at least attend a seminar in your area. Be have all the answers, and any information that enlightens me, the best teacher that you can be. encourages me, and most of all empowers me with knowledge A big thank you goes to the following teachers and workers for the work of God is priceless. for participating in this forum: Dennis Ploch (DP) of Memphis, LT: Regular training should be mandatory! Ongoing training TN; Winnie McAdams (WM) of Minden, LA; Heather Estes (HE) for workers is the basis for making sure everything will be of Owensboro, KY; and Lois Truman (LT) of Florissant, MO. done “decently and in order,” as commanded by the Word. 1. Do you currently teach, have you taught, or have you 3. What should be taught in a teacher training session? participated in a teacher training seminar? DP: We need to touch on the basics as well as learning new DP: Yes, we have been involved with teaching children in some ways that can be effective in spreading the gospel. We must manner for thirty plus years and have had the privilege of speak- find ways of making our teaching more relevant to our chil- 12•christian educator•volume 26/issue 1•winter 2005 dren—things that they can use Monday morning when they are teaching style, but when a teacher has prayed over her lesson at school or on the playground. We need to teach more than and teaches me a story I have heard and taught several times, just Bible stories—teach Bible principles. I still get something new from it. I recently took a postgraduate WM: One of the major issues in today’s classes is reaching class and the teacher showed us a different approach to coop- the people who are not auditory learners. Many of our children erative/small group learning. I couldn’t wait to try it with my need the hands-on activities and practical lessons to under- adult class at church. stand what the Bible lesson is all about. The second need is to LT: The opportunity to network with other peers and to ask be reminded to keep our burden fresh. There is a reason we questions pertinent to classroom issues. sacrifice our time to pray for each child and his or her family. 7. What was the least beneficial? Along with this reminder of the burden should be a special WM: When the teacher had obviously not prayed and lec- time of renewal of commitment and prayer for each Sunday tured the entire session without visuals or demonstrations. I am school teacher. Third, some teachers need help in under- not an auditory learner and need visual and tactile sessions. standing how to use the material their church purchases. My LT: Listening to someone lecture on a topic that has little or husband always has me explain how to use the material, and nothing to do with my interest area. do an actual lesson. 8. What incentives are or should be offered to get HE: Puppet ministry; bus ministry (how to start and maintain teachers to attend? an active and successful one); classroom discipline (especially DP: Plenty of handouts and resources. for bus ministry children); children’s church/kids POWer hour WM: Most of our teachers want to attend so they can be (how to start and maintain one); prayer ministry (this is the better teachers. When we have special sessions with outside foundation of all that we do); teaching techniques (new ideas speakers, we give our teachers certificates that show the ses- and incentives for class involvement); classroom decorating sions they attended and topics covered. The teachers like to ideas (on a slim budget). display these on the wall. LT: Trainings should be of a practical and informative nature HE: I feel that if you have a true burden for teaching, there so teachers can be as familiar with the characteristics of their really doesn’t have to be any special incentives. Just knowing, age groups as possible. Each age has its unique issues, and understanding, and submitting to your burden should make teacher training sessions are the times when these character- you want to glean all you can to further the kingdom of God. istics can be taught to ensure the highest level of developmen- LT: Door prizes are fun. If possible, a drawing for a certain tally appropriate practices in the classroom. amount of money to be used for resources is a good incentive. 4. How long should a session be (entire seminar as well Providing well-stocked notebooks with resources and articles a as short classes)? teacher can use is a must! DP: In the past, I have found that a one-hour class is not long enough. It seems that you must hurry through your mate- As you can see, the answers are wide and varied. However, rial to get done, and it is hard to deal with anything in depth. all agree that teacher training sessions are of vital importance. WM: Short classes should be no longer than fifty minutes, Encourage your local church or district to host a seminar—the or include a break of ten minutes and reconvene, to hold the answers offered here could be a springboard for a planning attention of the audience. Our children have shorter attention committee. The General Sunday School Division as well as spans, but we often forget that after thirty minutes of lecture, Word Aflame Publications (your source for apostolic Sunday an adult’s mind begins to wander. Seminars should not be over school and children’s church curriculum) would be happy to three days (two nights/two days), with breaks. assist. Keep your eyes and ears open for any opportunity to HE: I suggest a two- to three- day seminar with various attend a training session in your area; search the Web for infor- classes, lasting one to three hours each. mation (there is an abundance of inter-denominational training LT: Most sessions should range from forty to forty-five min- opportunities across the country). utes. Day seminars are the most practical for people’s sched- Whatever your hand findeth to do, do it with all your might. ules, such as 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Let the United States Army’s slogan be yours: be all that you 5. How often should they be held? can be to teach God’s children. Happy learning! a DP: Twice a year. WM: Short sessions in individual churches should be held Joni Owens serves as Word Aflame Publications’ each quarter (this is also a time of fellowship and encourage- Kindergarten and PreTeen editor. She has taught at the ment). The longer sessions should be held at least once a Children’s Ministry Convention, an annual teacher training year. opportunity hosted by the General Sunday School Division. HE: At least once a year. Make plans now to attend in 2006—August 2-4 in St. Louis, LT: Once a quarter. Missouri. For additional teacher training seminar ideas, feel 6. What have you found to be most beneficial in ses- free to contact Word Aflame Publications at email@example.com, sions you have attended? or firstname.lastname@example.org. DP: Understanding that we all learn in different forms, and that we need to adjust our teaching to cover all different styles of learning. WM: The most beneficial tool I have gained is someone showing me how they do things. I may modify it to suit my own christian educator•volume 26/issue 1•winter 2005•13 tips for teachers Billie J. Lambert Variety. . . The Spice of Life Holidays are usually charged with a multi- of you have played; only I’ll say “temptation” for “red light” and the word “obey” for “green light.” When I say “obey,” take tude of emotions. Busyness often causes steps toward me. When I say “temptation” stop walking and freeze. If you don’t stop when I say “temptation,” you must go Stress . . . with a capital “S”. During the back and start over. If you run, push, or trip someone, you go back. If you move or fall after you stop, you must go back and winter quarter, we have Christmas, New start over. The game is over when someone reaches me and touches me. Year, and Valentine’s Day. Avoid stress To start the game, turn you’re back to the kids and yell, “Obey.” Kids walk toward you. After a few seconds, yell, “Temptation,” and enjoy “Peace on Earth” by planning and quickly turn around. Send anyone who didn’t stop completely back to the beginning, then play again. ahead. After the game ends, discuss with the children the conse- quences of obeying God and stopping when we face temptation. n preparation for Sunday school, go through your calendar I and prioritize what needs to be “pre-prepared” to make the holidays special for the students you teach, whether they are young or old. Be sure to make time to read the editorial in the Winter Teacher’s Manual. Scan the entire quarterly and make note of teaching ideas. Sharpen the learning ability of those you teach with captivating new ideas. Since you will be reading this article after Christmas, I am only including ideas for New Year’s and Valentine’s Day. ight/G ight: Red L reen L The game is a good New Year game for children. Have kids form a line approximately fifty feet long from where you stand. Say: A new year is here. This past year you may have done things that you should not have done. You may have given into Valentine: Valentine’s Day is always celebrated on the fourteenth of February. Why not make the entire month of temptations that led you down February a time to demonstrate love in action? We need to the wrong path. Let’s promise express our love daily. Take time to write a note of love or ourselves this year we will do appreciation to someone. Give a pat on the back or a hug to differently. We are going to play someone you don’t normally show attention to. Do something a game to help us to remember special on Sunday morning for the students you teach. to obey God and not give in to Turn your classroom into a Valentine’s Day Special: temptation. Make heart puzzles: Use a sheet of red construction paper This game is like the Red to make a large red heart. With a colored crayon, write a scrip- Light/Green Light game some ture about love on the heart before you cut the heart into puz- 14•christian educator•volume 26/issue 1•winter 2005 zle pieces. Hide the pieces about the room. You may make ribbon through the hole. As the pupils jiggle the string, the more than one heart puzzle by writing the scripture in different marionette moves. colors. Set a time to start looking. See which group finds their matching pieces first. Decorate your classroom with large heart-shaped red place- Dancing Heart: Materials needed: One large sheet of poster paper, two sheets of red construction paper, white con- mats on the table in front of each chair. For refreshments, struction paper, scissors, and glue. Cut one large heart from service one-half bagel spread with strawberry cream cheese. the poster paper, and a smaller heart from construction paper (Use a softened 8-ounce package of cream cheese and 4 for the head. Paste the two largest hearts together. The arms tablespoons of strawberry preserves blended together.) Serve and legs are made from layered strips of white paper folded strawberry drinks. alternately according to style. Make two short folded strips for the arms and two longer folded strips for the legs. Paste the ends of the arms and legs together. arty re-teens and Youth: No-Date P for P Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a no-date party. Eliminate cliques Paste or staple the arms and legs to the Dancing Heart Man. Hands and feet are made from small hearts pasted in place. by helping guys and girls understand that friends in the church Jiggle the Valentine to see the Heart Man dance or tape to the and Sunday school should include everyone. Decorate with door of your room. He will dance as you open and close the hearts of every size taped to the ceiling, the wall, light fixtures, door. and ceilings. Do not use scotch tape. Use masking tape or bet- ter yet use “Permacel” tape. (It will not damage the most deli- Teacher you can spice up your class by trying new ideas. cate of surfaces.) Cover a long table for refreshments with a Avoid just doing what is always easy for you. Think about those white cloth and scatter other hearts on it. Purchase humorous you face every Sunday morning. Be sensitive to their needs Valentines, cut out the faces on them, and replace with snap- and interest whether they are two or sixty-two. There are many shots of young people. These could be taped to one specific Sunday school dropouts because of boredom. The ideas given wall. Everyone wear red. Add other decorations of your choice. in this article will assist you in making, “Variety the spice of a life,” in your class. Valentine Marionette: Cut hearts of proportionate sizes to form the marionette’s body, head, arms, and legs. Use Billie J. Lambert is Director of Education at First Pentecostal Church in Jackson, Mississippi, and a frequent brass paper fasteners to join the hearts together. Punch a speaker of teacher training seminars around North America. small hole in the top center of the marionette’s head, and tie a christian educator•volume 26/issue 1•winter 2005•15 helping the hurting David Reynolds I AM SOMEBODY! “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he . . .” (Proverbs 23 :7). It is important what your child believes to form something special and that he is that special creation. “As a man perceives himself—so is he.” about God—and about himself. Of course, the most important belief you can instill in your child is a belief in a great and loving God who cares, protects, nteresting your child does not need most of the material and influences all things at all times. There must be a confi- I things, which you think are so important. He does not need to be entertained. What he does need is a strong belief sys- tem that tells him he is important in the eyes of God—he is dence that not only does God affect his life but that he, in turn, can touch and access God. A number of years ago, I attended a workshop by H. somebody! He needs to believe that with the help of the Lord Stephen Glenn who is so interesting to me, for he is brilliant he can handle and cope with all that life throws at him. yet cannot write his own papers. He is extremely learning How he relates to others and to life’s challenges will depend handicapped in this area—yet in spite of this, he is a great suc- upon a belief that, “God don’t make no dirt!”—He used the dirt cess in the arena of understanding learning. In the workshop, 16•christian educator•volume 26/issue 1•winter 2005 affect their grades, even by hard work and study. In one middle school I am familiar with, 25 percent of the young people do not hand in even one assignment. They are passive spectators in the game of life. This is sad, for God gave them ability. God made them capable of great things. We must instill in our young people that they are real players in the game called life and they can influence their lives for the better. What they do—or don’t do—does make a difference. Prescription: A strong belief system is a very personal thing. Your child develops this for himself. You cannot teach it—but you can model and encourage it. It takes time to cement a belief sys- tem. 1. Your child learns proper behavior by the age of five (by modeling good behavior and being disciplined for poor behavior). he gave us what he felt was necessary for successful living. 2. It takes until ten or eleven to develop a value system. (A He listed what he envisioned to be the essential beliefs and child most often accepts the values of the people who skills for a full life. In this article, I will share with you his essen- are significant in his life.) tial beliefs. 3. A belief system, however, comes slowly in the teenage years as your young person observes life, evacuates Necessary Beliefs behaviors and decides what is true and what is valuable I am capable! for him. His world around him molds his beliefs. How he Your child needs to believe he is capable to handle the chal- sees himself determines his boundaries. lenges of life. He needs to believe, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13). Parents, do not dwell on your child’s weaknesses, build on his strengths. All God’s children have talents. Encourage them to try. You would do well to handle their mistakes and then do what God does—He puts them into the deepest sea to be remembered against them no more. I am significant! We all must believe that we are a special creation. That God has chosen us for a special task. Remember how you felt when you were chosen last—every time, for the teams in PE? That is the way many of our children feel all the time. But, we are special “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar peo- ple; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light” (I Peter Why is this so important? When he questions a behavior and 2:9). even values—it will be his beliefs that will direct his life. Parents, Tell your children often that they are special and How beautiful when he sees himself as an awesome cre- that you are proud of them—better yet, tell some of your adult ation of God—capable of great things. Maybe not perfect —but friends about your special child when you know your child is still being molded in His image. eves-dropping. Parents and teachers, you can cripple or enable a child for Let’s start talking about our children the way your parents life just by the way you view him. He will view himself as you talk about their grandchild. Remember, it is the same kid. view him. a I can influence what happens to me! David Reynolds has authored six books and writes a Most children feel they are not in control of their lives. They monthly column on the Teaching Ministry and on Family feel like a ping-pong ball that is batted around by forces Relationships. He has served in the teaching profession for beyond their control. Most do not believe that they can even over thirty years. christian educator•volume 26/issue 1•winter 2005•17 Understanding God’s Word Miracle Center - kid’s POWer hour David K. Bernard Word Aflame Publications In Understanding God’s Word, a sequel to God’s Infallible By learning about their bodies (from their five senses to Word, Bernard discusses the interpretation of Scripture, their muscles, mind, and heart), children will learn that addressing questions such as: How can we interpret the they are fearfully and wonderfully made by God, and Bible properly? Is there a distinctive Apostolic approach to that their bodies are His temple. Special helps are pro- reading Scripture? 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They are not all trumpets, or bass drums, or pic- colos, or trombones, or baritones—but an orchestra of doctri- nal truth and understanding! Have you ever asked (or heard another person ask), “Why don’t all the Sunday school classes study the same lesson on any given Sunday?” “Wouldn’t that allow great biblical discus- sion around the Sunday dinner table?” And on paper, it looks and sounds like a terrific idea! The problem is: it just doesn’t work very well. It is what is known commonly in curriculum publishing circles as uniform curriculum, and there is a reason why few major curriculum publishers offer it in any form. Have you ever played in an orchestra or a The uniform approach to curriculum severely limits what sub- jects in the Bible can be taught. Obviously, there are themes band? Perhaps you were fortunate that teens and adults need to study that are inappropriate for younger children. By the same token, the youngest students enough to hold the “first seat,” which are only able to study themes such as “God Loves Me,” “God Is Good,” and “God Made My World,” etc. Clearly, the older possibly meant you played the main part students need to be able to learn more advanced concepts from the Word of God. For example, teens need to study for that particular section of instruments. appropriate behavior as believers in situations that have no application for the youngest students, such as in dating rela- f that was the case for you, your part usually contained a lit- tionships. I tle more of the melody line than the parts of people like me who played the “second” or “third-seat” (or other) parts. Sorry! I just didn’t inherit an incredible talent for music. Enter the Spiral Concept by Word Aflame Publications. Think of a funnel with a small, narrow end that progresses toward a broad, wide end; the narrow end represents the child’s range Of course, I also realize that my lack of melody-line parts of age-appropriate lessons while the wide end represents the had primarily to do with the instrument I played; the baritone adult’s range of lessons. It grows throughout one’s progression just doesn’t get to play many lead parts in the orchestra. But if through the total Sunday school. you could have heard me practice, like my mother heard me. . Word Aflame curriculum brings a form of unity to the Sunday . . There just wasn’t much music involved! It was a matter of school in a way that is compatible with the age-appropriate playing the designated notes at the appropriate times—and it needs of every learner. The various levels of Sunday school definitely was an action of faith! But I wasn’t alone! Many other curriculum generally follow four, quarterly thematic divisions, instruments had supportive roles like mine in the band that did- which bring general continuity among the children’s levels (five n’t sound so terrific—until you put all the parts together, that is. levels), among the teenage levels (two levels), and for the adult It was so amazing to hear the final piece of orchestration, level. To a lesser degree, continuity also develops out of the with every instrument playing its part—timely, on cue, on note, total curriculum where the students usually are studying in harmony, and beautiful! (Well, as beautiful as an adolescent band could be; after all, we weren’t the Philharmonic (continued on page 23) christian educator•volume 26/issue 1•winter 2005•19 teacher’s devotion Gary D. Erickson When Geese Fly Backward Two thousands years ago, the prosper- success we go, the more we become a target for the critic. Criticism is difficult to handle, and listening to the negative ous Han Dynasty ruled ancient China. remarks of others goes against our nature. When we are blasted with criticism, we might feel as unnatural as a goose This dynasty is viewed by many to be the flying backward! It is only natural to avoid painful feed back from others, especially the negative kind. We prefer to greatest period in Chinese history. assume that things are great and that we are pleasing every- one. Although we clearly understand that we are not perfect, hinese scholars compiled a series of writings called the it is fun to think we might be! Of course, this thinking is dis- C Twenty-one Histories, which is an official biography of each dynasty including stories, statistics, war chroni- cles, and so forth. In a chapter called “Unusual Events,” there honest, will prevent positive change, and will lead to serious disappointment. Accepting criticism and responding to it in a positive way can be a valuable asset. are descriptions of earthquakes, floods, and other natural Even though Jesus was perfect and all of His decisions occurrences. In addition to these normal phenomena are were the right ones, He was severely criticized. He was called bizarre manifestations such as geese flying backward, two- a wine bibber, a blasphemer, a law breaker, and was accused headed sheep, stars suddenly appearing in different parts of of being unpatriotic. He was finally executed for being a man the sky and so on. The natural disasters can be verified, but who made Himself God. Apostle Paul was subjected to perpet- what could these weird insertions mean? ual criticism and much of it came from the church he was try- The Chinese emperor was considered the center of the uni- ing to build and support. He was criticized for associating with verse and a force of nature. Everything in the universe Gentiles, mishandling money, being a spy, being a trouble- revolved around him and his decisions. To criticize the emper- maker, and disrespecting Jewish traditions. Being able to han- or was equivalent to criticizing divine order. No minister or dle criticism is a mark of emotional intelligence and maturity. courtier dared to question the emperor. Since the emperor The following suggestions are offered to handle criticism: was a fallible human being, errors in judgment naturally Be discerning: It is important to distinguish between con- occurred from time to time. Inserting sightings of strange phe- structive and destructive criticism. Sometimes criticism is nomena into the court chronicle was the only way to warn the unjustified and is given with a vindictive motive. We can be lofty leader. When the emperor would read that geese were criticized even though we have done the right thing. On the flying backward and the moon was out of orbit, he would real- other hand, even when the critic is unnecessarily rude, it is a ize he was being cautioned by nature to correct his course. good idea to take the criticism seriously. They could be right! The Han emperors must have lived under extreme pressure During Paul’s questioning, Ananias commanded council mem- attempting to lead the empire with flawless precision. Not bers to smite him on the face. In response Paul said, “God allowing criticism may have been a comfortable arrangement shall smite thee, thou whited wall: for sittest thou to judge me to some degree, but it forced the scribes to lie in the chronicle after the law, and commandest me to be smitten contrary to to correct their king. These lies are left for our amusement. the law?” He was then challenged for speaking to the high This story illustrates that avoiding criticism may not be as priest in such a disrespectful fashion. Paul immediately apolo- ideal as we might think. We must face it—everything we do in gized for his disrespectful comment even though they had no life will be subject to criticism. On the other hand, if we do right to be hitting him. Being ready to admit our wrong is a nothing, we will be criticized for being lazy and nonproductive. good thing. Therefore, criticism is inevitable. The higher up the ladder of When criticism comes frequently from the same person it christian educator•volume 26/issue 1•winter 2005•21 focus on leadership Steve Allard Servant Styled Leadership One of the great paradoxes of the faith is the Sunday School director for the Western District and serve as senior pastor with my wife and children of a wonderful, Christian leadership, articulated by Jesus, thriving church in Modesto, California. But today the demands placed on the position of leadership and responsibility of lead- who claims, “Whoever wants to be great ership is unprecedented. I am constantly reminded of my lack of resources and the evil evolution of our society. Society must become a servant to all” appears to be a moving target; new trends, fads and shifting paradigms demand my focus, but must never compromise my (Mark 9:35). heart. I have been called to be a servant first! Periodically I have found it imperative to refocus on the “ser- oday, we have plenty of leaders who claim to be vant side” of my calling. Leadership is casting vision, imple- T Christian, but the real question is, do we have Christian leaders? In our society today there seems to be a dearth of truly compassionate leadership, who menting plans, strategizing and hosting meetings, but in a weightier manner of Jesus styled leadership is reaching, touching and caring for all. In North genuinely care for masses of hurting, America today we are touching the world. directionless souls! Christ centered The mantra of today’s church leaders leadership is a divine imperative and must be to serve all peoples, regardless demands our attention at all cost. We of constricting prejudices. Revival who are involved in reaching, teaching, churches and Sunday Schools have an discipling and equipping Sunday school open door policy to “all” the lost and are attendees must remain servants. ready to “serve” everybody. I was blessed to be raised on the mis- From a practical prose I have found the sion field most of my life until returning simple leadership style of Jesus works home in my twenties. Over those many best for me. Whether I am doing the work years I observed the servant-hood com- of the pastor or serving the ministry of mitment of such Pentecostal greats as Sunday School in my district, if I will Rev. E.L and Nona Freeman, Sis. Elsa remember it’s not about me but a cause Lund, Bro. & Sis. Donald O’Keefe, Bro. greater than my ambitions and & Sis. R.K. Rodenbush and my own par- desires…it’s about my service to Christ as ents Bro. & Sis. Edward Allard amongst I am a servant to others. others. These heroes’ of the faith and Did your call to Christian action end champion’s of the destitute have forever with your vote? If faith without works is impacted my leadership style of tireless dead, then let there be a resurrection of reaching. Leadership is not a position Christian action on behalf of the poor, the but a responsibility, a responsibility to do whatever must be hungry, the downtrodden and the children in our nation. Let done. When leadership style is birthed in the cradle of adver- this rebirth start with us in our community. The time has come sity and challenge you quickly learn to look beyond the limita- for there to be more Christians who just happen to be tions of circumstance and see God possibilities. American, rather than more Americans who just happen to be Ministry is fraught with challenges and opportunity to Christian. It’s time to serve and truly be and take the “whole burnout and bailout. I have served as an A.I.M. worker, evan- gospel to the whole world, by all the church.” a gelist, pastor and on various committees; currently I serve as 22•christian educator•volume 26/issue 1•winter 2005 Servant to Servant (continued from page 19) not subjected to lessons that are beyond their comprehension, lessons from the same general themes of Scripture, such as but they are challenged to expand their understanding of Old Testament, New Testament, Life of Christ and Scripture in an age-appropriate way as they advance through Redemption, and the Church and Relationships. By taking this the total Sunday school curriculum. Consequently, a well-bal- general approach to curriculum formulation, we empower anced scriptural approach aids and enhances the natural mat- teachers to teach all the areas of Scripture, not only those that uration and development of every student. are age-appropriate for children. What is the end result of Word Aflame’s Spiral Concept? Teenagers may be learning what the Bible has to say about Instead of the trumpets, oboes, and tubas all blasting out the their relationships with fellow teens and how they should con- same notes with volume, the church ends up with a harmo- duct themselves around those of the opposite sex. On the nious concert of biblical understanding. It is similar to the way other hand, the children also are studying about relationships, that each instrument adds its notes to the total piece of but they are studying about God and His love for them, about orchestration, contributing to a satisfying melody of exquisite, parental love and care, and about the care of pastors and though different, complementary sounds. Out of the Sunday teachers in the church. school comes a balanced, harmonious approach to learning, True, not all the students of the Sunday school study David maturity, and biblical literacy. And what a beautiful sound that and Goliath on the same day, which adds challenging dimen- makes in any church! a sions to the Sunday table talk. However, the Spiral Concept does allow the teens and adults to study about the Nail of Jael, Reverend Richard M. Davis is editor of Word Aflame which would never be appropriate for the children. There are Publications. He and his wife Sharon have three adult lessons to learn from every Bible story and every biblical prin- daughters and three beautiful granddaughters. Word Aflame ciple, but every student studies on the basis of his or her abili- Publications serves teachers, who in turn serve their stu- ty to receive the principles and lessons involved. Students are dents and churches. Teacher’s Devotion (continued from page 21) might be best to ignore it. But, if it comes from a variety of thinks. People can be ignorant, fickle, and wrong, but God is sources, there could be some legitimacy. always right. It is a wonderful consolation to know we are right Let it help you grow: Norman Vincent Peale said, “The with God. trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by Keep the big picture in view: None of us are perfect and praise than saved by criticism.” Sometimes an enemy can occasionally our decisions will be flawed and there will always help us more than a friend by their frank and unpolished criti- be someone to help us to see the error of our ways. cism. Our friends want to encourage us and retain the friend- Sometimes our decisions are the right ones, nevertheless, ship. They will be reluctant to say negative things. The goal is some will not think so. Facing critical backlash can be painful to take the bricks thrown at us and build a strong foundation and overwhelming. We must realize that this is only a blip on with them. the screen and things will improve with time. God Himself Do not dwell on it: Criticism can damage our self-esteem does not judge a man until his life is over. and make us feel unloved and unappreciated. It is best to cor- Clive Simpkins said, “‘Criticisers’—if I may coin a word—are rect our error and move on. Tom Pryor said, “Sometimes I feel usually unhappy, unbalanced people. Generally trying to make critics are like needles in a balloon factory, simply looking for themselves stand taller by tottering on the cadavers of those an opportunity to ‘pop’ my project, ‘blow away’ new ideas or they crush underfoot. They’re often incapable, ever, of seeing ‘deflate’ recent accomplishments.” If we dwell on the negative, the potential or the upside of a situation or idea. To quote it will take a destructive toll on our outlook. thinker and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson, ‘Taking to Do not get bitter: Solomon said, “Correction is grievous pieces is the trade of those who cannot construct.’ That’s unto him that forsaketh the way: and he that hateth reproof them.” shall die” (Proverbs 15:10). Accepting the fact that some peo- Being willing to accept criticism will prevent strange behav- ple will not approve regardless of what you do, will help some ior by our friends and enemies (such as pouting, low morale, criticism to be more palatable. Eleanor Roosevelt said, rudeness, sarcasms, and so forth). If they know we are sensi- “Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.” tive about criticism, they will attempt to send messages to us Even Jesus could not please everyone. In fact we are warned, in strange ways. When geese fly backward we know it is time “Beware when all men speak well of you.” a to open the door to a little criticism. 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Walls After taking this tour you will visualize things in the Bible that you were not able to see before. We are excited to announce a special trip especially designed for B.R.E.A.D. Bible readers. Every person that has read the Bible through, or are up to date Gary L. Randol: Enrich your Bible reading by with his or her Bible reading for the year qualifies to take the "BREAD Bible planning now to take this trip of all trips. This excur- Reader's Holy Land Tour." The scheduled dates are November 6-13, 2006. This sion will broaden your understanding of the biblical trip is sponsored by the General Sunday School Division to encourage Bible text in surprising ways. Do not miss it! reading and growth in biblical knowledge. Please consider taking the trip and encourage your BREAD Bible readers to do the same. There will be special events scheduled to make the trip unique for Travel Coordinator, those with the tour group (nightly dinner speakers and special services at biblical Ron G. Walls: Ron Walls has visited Irsael 46 sites). Please notice that there is a generous discount for those registering early. times. His vast experience will be an enormous ben- efit toward making this tour insightful and profes- Fill out the registration form below and send it along with a $300.00 deposit. sional. The balance is due 60 days before departure. For more information call: 314-837-7300 ext. 362 or 358 BREAD Bible Reader’s Holy Land Tour Registration Form Make checks payable to Journeys Unlimited. Mail to: General Sunday School Division, 8855 Dunn Road, Hazelwood, MO 63042 Please enroll me in the eight-day Holy Land tour. Name_______________________________ Address________________________City___________________ State_____ Zip________ Business Tel. Ph. ___________________________________________ E-mail___________________________________________ Room mate desired_______________________________________________________________________________________________ Enclosed is my payment: $300.00 x number of people =__________________ Signature________________________________ ___Enclosed is a check ___Charge my credit card________type. Credit card number__________________ Expiration date_______ One registration form per traveler You will be offered insurance in your packet from Group IST.