For children to learn about God’s great gift of knowledge and understanding
God created us with the ability to learn; true knowledge and wisdom comes from God
The Gift of Learning
Who can remember what they dreamed about last night? Sometimes we dream about nice things and sometimes our dreams can be scary. Do you know that God sometimes speaks to people through their dreams? Let’s read a story in the Bible about a very important time when this happened.
Read Matthew 2:1-15
God, creator of the whole world, is the wisest of all. He knows all things. He knows what is best for each one of us. In this Bible passage, the wise men and Joseph relied on God’s wisdom that he shared through their dreams to do what was best. True wisdom is learning to trust in God and learning to listen to him and follow his teachings. We can do this by reading the Bible, praying and coming to church where we can learn more about him and how he wants us to live.
She Matters in India
As the second most populated country worldwide, India is brimming with life and many people groups and cultures. The Kui are one of the tribal groups who live in the mountainous forest regions in Odisha State. Many families in this region barely survive on subsistence agriculture and there is a high level of malnutrition. The Kui people live in remote villages with limited access to government services, schools and health care facilities. Without schools nearby, it is dif cult for children to obtain an education and there is a high level of illiteracy in this region. When children can attend school in far away towns, it is most often the boys who are sent while girls remain behind at home to help with younger siblings, household chores and work in the fields. Tragically, they are often forced into early marriages with no other options available.
CBM and their partner, Kui Baptist Association, strive to address the high levels of illiteracy and malnutrition. One of the projects was the building of a girl’s hostel so families have a safe place to send their daughters to board and go to school in town since their villages are so far away. Another project is a nutrition program that gives families a nutritional supplement to add to their infant’s food for a healthy start in life as well as seeds and training to plant gardens for fresh fruit and vegetables.
The new hostel of cially opened this past July (2015) and houses 60 girls from 6-13 years of age, providing them with nutritious meals and better access to education. Tutors are on- hand to aid the girls in homework and their studies. In addition to this, the girls are taught good health and hygiene practices, receiving regular medical check-ups and spiritual nurturing.
The hostel was one of the projects supported by CBM’s She Matters campaign to improve access to education for girls. At least two-thirds of uneducated children in the world today are girls. A similar percentage of illiterate adults are women. Learn more at shematters.cbmin.org
Mango Apple Smoothies
- 1 tsp of honey
- 2 apples (peeled and sliced)
- 300 mL yogurt
- 1 mango (peeled and sliced/or use canned puree)
- 1. Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until really smooth (20-30 seconds)
- 2. Refrigerate and serve chilled
She Matters in India
The Gift of Learning
Can you imagine living far away from home in order to go to school? For some girls in India, it is necessary so that they have the chance to go to school. Let’s listen to our story today and learn more.
Hi, my name is Romita (that’s me on the cover!). I am 7 years old. I live in a remote village in India like this one where there are not many roads. We have to walk a long way to get to a road and then catch a ride on a motorbike, bus, truck or other vehicle going to town. It takes a long time. There aren’t any schools near my village, so I have to live in a hostel in a town far away to go to school. I had never been away from my family, but I soon made new friends. My mom and dad never had the chance to go school. They are very happy that I can go to school.
This is our new hostel. It opened just in time for school to start a er the holidays. It is like a home away from home and is just for girls. We come from many different villages. Before this hostel was built, we had to live in a small, rented place on a noisy street. We love our new hostel! There is so much space to play in and we can walk to school nearby. Our parents are very happy that we have this new, safe place to stay.
I am excited to be starting Gr. 3. I love to read. I also like playing kabaddi with the other girls at the hostel. It’s a very popular game here in India. When I grow up I want to be a sister (a nun/work for God) and help people. One of my friends at the hostel wants to be a teacher. We have big dreams for the future!
This is one of the rooms where we sleep. Just like at home, we sleep on these mats and then roll them up during the day. And these are some of the things we pack and bring from home. We each have our own metal box to store our personal things.
The people at the hostel take good care of us. Every day, we get delicious, healthy meals. Mmmm, yummy! It is our custom to sit on the floor (or ground) and eat with our hands. We also get help with our schoolwork and like learning about God and how much he cares for us.
We are so happy to be able to go to school. We thank God for this big bless- ing. There are many children, especially girls, in India and other countries, who do not get this chance.
We thank people in Canada who gave money to build our hostel and who pray for us. It is the best gift ever! Thank you for helping to make our dreams come true!
There are a lot of things to learn about in this world, but the most important thing to learn about is God and how much he cares about each person. He wants all boys and girls to have a chance to learn about him and his love for all people and to grow up healthy and wise. To develop the skills and abilities he has given them (to grow into their full, God-given potential).
- 1. How do you go to school? Do you walk? Take a bus? Get a ride from your parents?
- 2. Can you imagine having to live far away from home so that you could attend school? What are some of the things from
home that you would miss? What are some of the things that you would take with you?
- 3. What do you like doing at school (or after school)? What do you want to be when you are older?
TIP: You may want to have this discussion as you create your Book of Dreams (see activity in this lesson)