This week, meet a man named Daniel who lives in the African country of Côte d’Ivoire. Daniel used to worship in a nice church, but when he moved to the neighborhood of Abbebroukoi, he was astonished with how bad his new church looked and felt. The congregation worshipped under a simple patio without walls protecting them. Wind and rain could blow through the space, and the ground was rough—they scraped their knees when kneeling for prayer. When the church members invited people to visit, they thought it was a joke. Daniel decided to go back to his old church.
See how God impressed Daniel to stay at the Abbebroukoi church, despite its bad shape, and how that patience has paid off. Your kids will also consider areas of their own life where they need to have patience.
Pre-video Discussion Questions
- Patience means being able to wait for something—do you think you have patience? Have you ever missed out on something because you couldn’t wait for it?
Watch the video
In today’s video, a man must decide whether he will leave his new church because of its bad shape.
Post-video Discussion Questions
- When have you had to wait for something and show great patience?
- Have you ever felt like God was helping you with something, even if you didn’t hear Him speak?
- In the Bible, Joseph had to deal with many hard situations—you can read about them and his life in Genesis 37-50. He was sold by his brothers as a slave to Egypt, he went to jail for something he didn’t do, and he spent years there even though he was promised that he would get out of jail. Joseph relied on God for patience throughout all of these difficult events. Eventually, Joseph became one of the greatest leaders of Egypt. Is there a situation that you need God’s help with in being patient? What is it?
- For patience in hard situations.
- To listen to God’s leading.
- Ask kids what they would add to the prayer list.
Did You Know?
- When the new Abbebroukoi Seventh-day Adventist Church building was dedicated, the special event attracted local TV stations. They interviewed Maranatha’s staff and broadcasted the story on the news.