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Gospel Adventures Part 2 Week 4

Hola! Welcome back to Summer Family Sunday School at Our Savior Hawaii! Today, we'll explore about God's amazing love that He has for all people and meet a boy named Miguel. Finally, we'll be building a Shipibo box to share God's love with others.

Supplies for Today

  • "Shipibo Box" handout (see the last page)
  • "Share the Love" handout (see page 26)
  • markers
  • scissors
  • tape
Let's sing our theme song!

LEARN ABOUT IT Love

Today, we’re learning that God gives us love! Today’s Bible verse is a great way to remember God’s love. It comes from 1 Corinthians 13:13:

"So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love."

Wow! Those three things will last forever! And the greatest of those three forever things is love! God’s love will never, ever end. And because God loves us so very much, we can love others. Count to 3, shout out the name of someone you love. Are you ready? 1…2…3!

That was a lot of love! People in Miguel’s church came together and sacrificed or gave up their money to pay a huge debt. Our Bible verse reminds us of how special and one-of-a-kind God’s love is. The Bible tells us, “Three things will last forever—faith, hope and love—and the greatest of these is love.” God’s love is the greatest love. Jesus is God’s gift of love to us. I know God is at work because of Jesus and his amazing love for all of us!

LEARN ABOUT Miguel

As we’ve explored Peru, we’ve been learning about new friends who live there. In our videos, we’ve met Neil, Sharith, Hector, and Veronica. Each one of our new friends has shown us lots of special things about his or her life in Peru. Even though they live across the world, in many ways they’re just like us! Today we’ll meet Miguel. Miguel lives in a region of Peru called Pucallpa. As you watch this video, look for things in Miguel’s life that show God’s love.

That was a lot of love! People in Miguel’s church came together and sacrificed or gave up their money to pay a huge debt. Our Bible verse reminds us of how special and one-of-a-kind God’s love is. The Bible tells us, “Three things will last forever—faith, hope and love—and the greatest of these is love.” God’s love is the greatest love. Jesus is God’s gift of love to us. I know God is at work because of Jesus and his amazing love for all of us!

Discuss: What things did you see in Miguel’s life that showed God’s love? How have you seen God's love in your life? How do you show God's love to other people?

LEARN ABOUT Peruvian Food

Earlier this week, we talked about how God gives us comfort. One thing I think of when I hear the word comfort is food. In fact, “comfort food” is an expression we use to describe a food that makes us feel happy or comfortable. It might be a food that’s familiar or maybe something that you can only get at home. What’s one of your favorite “comfort foods”?

Let's see the foods of Peru!

Discuss: Which food looked the strangest to you? If someone offered this food to you, would you eat it? Why or why not? If you knew that you had to eat something like grubs, would it keep you from visiting another country?

A lot of things about visiting another country seem different or maybe hard to adapt to. Imagine leaving your home and moving forever to a faraway place, where you had to eat foods like grubs or something else unlike home. And not only are you going to be surrounded by new foods, but you don’t have any of your favorite things. Maybe you’ve actually experienced that. Share l one thing you miss when you’re not at home. It might be when you went on a trip far away or when you just spent the night at a friend’s house.

EXPERIENCE IT Shipibo Patterns

In a tiny way, what you experience when you visit a different place is what Jesus experienced when he left heaven to come to earth. Jesus left God’s perfect peace, comfort, and love. He left a place that didn’t have any sin, pain, or discomfort. Jesus came to earth to live like we do, eat like we do, and suffer. He experienced cold, hunger, and pain. Jesus didn’t just visit—he became one of us! God gives us love, and God’s best, most precious gift to the world was Jesus. Let’s get back to thinking about what it would be like to live in Peru. That’s a pretty unfamiliar place for most of us! When you’re in a totally unfamiliar place, you’d probably look for something that you do know. For example, if you were in Peru, things like Starbucks or McDonald’s might really stand out to you because it’s something you’ve seen before.

Get out the Shipibo box supplies.

Earlier this week, when you saw the video about Hector, you saw his vest and his sister’s skirt made of this pattern. This is the Shipibo pattern (pronounced “shih-PEE-bow”), used by the native Shipibo people who live in the Amazon Basin. Look closely at the pattern and tell me if you see anything in there that looks familiar. Is there something in there that you’ve seen before?

A long, long time ago, a group of Shipibo saw the shape of a cross in a beautiful, lush area and decided it was a sign from the gods they worshipped, saying that the place was meant to be where they settled. When the first missionaries came to the jungle and told them about Jesus and the Cross, the Shipibo people saw something familiar! They trusted and believed in the Cross of Christ. That symbol was familiar to them, and meant good things. Now, the symbol of the cross is part of this pattern that they use on clothing, weavings, blankets, and more. How cool is that? Jesus’ love isn’t just for us here in Hawaii. It’s for people everywhere!

Think back to how you felt when you saw those grubs. God is perfect. When he looks at our sin—the wrong things we do—it’s a little like the way you felt when you saw those grubs. It’s icky. But God still loves each one of you! The Bible tells us that of all the good things we can have—faith, hope, peace, patience—the greatest gift is love. God’s love was so big, he was willing to come to earth and become one of us in order to save us. The missionaries who came to the jungle shared God’s love with the Shipibo people. You don’t have to go far away to share God’s love! You can share the gift of God’s love with people right here in Hawaii. Let’s do that now.

Color the box. Cut out the "Share the love" slips and hand some to each child to put in their box. The children can then give boxes to friends and family.

PRAY ABOUT IT

Pray: Loving Father, thank you for your love and mercy. Please forgive our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Please remind your people of your love and let you light join the lives of people here and in Peru. We pray this all in your name, Amen.

Challenge: Where will you see God this week? When will you see God's love this week?

Credits:

Created with images by Hans Luiggi - "Viajar te obliga a confiar en extraños y a perder de vista todo lo que te resulta familiar y confortable de tus amigos y tu casa. Estás todo el tiempo en desequilibrio. Nada es tuyo excepto lo más esencial: el aire, las horas de descanso, los sueños, el mar, el cielo; todas aquellas cosas que tienden hacia lo eterno o hacia lo que imaginamos como tal." • Tyler Nix - "untitled image" • Thanti Nguyen - "Hiking in autumn"