Splink 1:

Surprise!

Students learned that Jesus could come back any day and we must continue to be ready, doing what is right. Reinforce the joy of Jesus’ return by setting an alarm (without the kids’ knowledge—a phone alarm is great as it can even go off when you are not at home), and do a “surprise” activity. (Simple ideas: play a game together, share a treat, go to the park, read a favorite book, take a walk, etc.—kids enjoy the attention!)

Just as we enjoyed the time together, we will enjoy being with Jesus when He returns to takes us to be with Him!

Splink 2:

Remember the Time?

Make sculptures of a time when each family member was surprised. Give each person a 12 by 12-inch sheet of foil. Ask them to think of a time when they were surprised and then make a sculpture of something that reminds them. For example, if someone gave you a surprise birthday party, you could make a party hat out of the foil.

Someday we will have the best surprise of our lives—the return of Jesus! When He went back to Heaven, He promised to return and bring us to be with Him forever. We know Jesus keeps His promise, so we can look forward to that happy day!

Splink 3:

Don’t Give Up

Read a story about Booker T. Washington to show the need to be faithful in everything we do.

Booker’s life began in poor and discouraging surroundings. He was born as a slave in a small log cabin where he lived with his mother and a brother and sister. Every day of his life was spent working. The only time he ever got near a school was to carry his master’s daughter’s books. How he longed to join them, but slaves were not allowed to go to school.

After the slaves were freed and Booker and his family settled into a small cabin in West Virginia, Booker begged his mother to get him a book. More than anything he wanted to learn to read. His mother found him an old copy of Webster’s blue-back spelling book, which contained the alphabet. He began trying to teach himself to read, but he had no teacher. No one he knew could read. 

The people in the village began to talk of starting a school, but it was hard to find a teacher. A young man from Ohio came to town and he was appointed to teach their first school. Each family agreed to pay a certain amount per month and house and feed the teacher one day a week. The opening of the school was such good news to Booker, but also became his biggest disappointment. He had been working in a salt-furnace for several months and his step-father decided that they needed his money, so he wasn’t allowed to attend. Despite this setback, he studied his blue book speller with greater diligence.

After a while, he made arrangements for the teacher to give him some lessons at night after work. Finally, he was allowed to go to school. He woke early, worked in the furnace until 9am, raced to school, and returned to work immediately after school for two more hours. Would you work that hard to go to school?

There were times when he had to quit school to work, but he kept learning. He worked hard day and night. Sometimes he would have to walk several miles at night in order to recite his lessons. He did whatever he could to get an education and even went to college. During his second year of college, he said that he learned his most valuable lesson—he learned to love to read the Bible.

Finally, all his hard work paid off. Booker T. Washington wanted to help others so he started a school, The Tuskegee Institute. He worked tirelessly to build up the school, providing all sorts of opportunities for African Americans—so much so that he was the most outstanding black leader of his day. What great honor he had when the president of the United States, William McKinley, visited his school! What started in a broken-down building, with one teacher and thirty students, became a great school to give others the opportunities Booker T. Washington never had.

What did Booker want more than anything? (To learn to read)

What are some obstacles that kept him from learning to read? (He was a slave; he couldn’t go to school; there weren’t many teachers even after they were freed; he had to work; he didn’t have much money; etc.)

What did he finally do to help other African Americans? (He started a school that gave them an education and opportunities)

What can you learn from his example?

Jesus wants each person to be faithful serving Him and others until He returns.

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