www.maranatha.org -- This week, walk in the shoes of young volunteers who traveled with their families to Arequipa, Peru, to serve on one of Maranatha’s annual Family Projects. These kids, ranging in age from 2-11, helped construct a new church building for the Los Portales Seventh-day Adventist congregation, but also served in other ways, like painting a local police station, helping with children’s ministry programs in the neighborhood, and working in the kitchen. They also participated in a special Day Camp where they experienced Peruvian culture. There were field trips to a local Adventist school, a fruit and vegetable market, and an instrument shop where they learned how handcrafted mandolins are made. Your kids will love hearing about Maranatha’s Family Projects directly from kid-volunteers themselves.
Pre-video Discussion Questions
- Why is it important for kids to serve on mission trips?
Introduce the Video
In today’s video, kid-volunteers join one of Maranatha’s Family Projects and serve in Arequipa, Peru.
Post-video Discussion Questions
- Which Day Camp activity would have been your favorite?
- How do you think serving on a Family Project would bring you and your family closer together? How would it bring you closer to God?
- In the Bible, Jesus tells his disciples that they should spread the news of God’s love for everyone—it’s called the “Great Commission.” You can find it in Matthew 28:18-20. In verse 19 He says, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Christians today still follow this instruction from Jesus. How do mission trips like this Family Project answer Jesus’ call to spread the Gospel?
- Help us to find opportunities to serve You on a mission trip or in our community.
- Ask kids what they would add to the prayer list.
Did You Know?
- At the end of this Family project, volunteers worshiped with the Los Uros Seventh-day Adventist Church on Lake Titicaca, the world's highest lake that allows ships and boats to travel across. The Uros people live on man-made islands created from layers and layers of reeds that grow in the lake. Maranatha constructed a floating church for Los Uros in 2005. Volunteers also visited the world-famous ruins of Machu Picchu, where an ancient civilization once lived on a steep mountain top.