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8th week of our Journey
- Sharing your testimony
This week’s destination: CARING AND
• The children will be able to put into their own words their
Games: Print Hearts for Game 1, Music or drum.
Print off two large hearts for Game 2 markers/pencils or pens.
Teaching: Print Visual Aids and Music Song Sheets
from Visual Aid Manual. Photocopy Sword Play Tracks. A blank piece
of 8”X11” paper. Photocopy heart handout, Two Heart,
Print ‘Jesus Makes the Difference’
‘Mystery Clue’ Witnessing Tool:
• Heart testimony (For younger children)
• Blank piece of paper 8”X11 (For older children)
AS KIDS ARRIVE PRIOR TO THE LESSON:
Welcome Teacher/Trainers, Trainers and students.
1. OPENING GAME: (10 minutes)
Hopping Hearts: Lay the cut out hearts with the
actions face down around the room. Start the music the children
have to run from one heart to another, once the music stops they
have to act out what is on their heart. Eg: Skip, Hop, Run. Once
music starts the game recommences continue on and off until the
children have had fun, expect lots of laughter and noise.
2. TEAM GAMES: (10 minutes)
Heart race: Pin the two large hearts at far end of room
or place them on two small tables with two markers. Divide the group
into two teams. At start get each child run up to the heart and
write on the heart what they want to thank God for eg My family,
brothers, friends, good school, teachers, Pastor, good health, food
on the table etc.
3. ACTIVE PRAISE CHORUS: (10 minutes)
Give your heart to Jesus (Use music video and lyrics from Visual
4. INTIMATE WORSHIP: (5 minutes)
Heart of Worship (Use music video and lyrics from Visual Aid Manual)
Lord I lift your name on High (Use music video and lyrics from Visual
Prayer: Dear God thank you for
my family, my friends, thank you for my school and all my teachers.
I pray for those that are not able to go to school. Thank you for
my Pastor and all my church family. Thank you for good health for
food on the table and all the good things you bless me with. Thank
a) “Back Track”
• Did you spend your dollar?
• Did you go on a “Fishing Trip”? Who wants to
come up and share with the class?
• In our Sword Play Revelation 1:16 we learnt about Jesus’
• What did He hold in His right hand? (Seven stars)
• What was coming out of his mouth? (Double-edged sword)
• Last week we learnt about being called to be Fishers of
Optional: Sing - I will make you
fishers of men (Use video music)
b) Sword Play
Ready…Swords up… Matthew 5: 13a … CHARGE!
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses
its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? (Matt
(Give out the Sword Play Tracks one for each child, junior and
Salt is used to season and preserve fish. We want
your testimonies to be Short, Salty and Sticky!!
SHORT: Because people are short of time
SALTY: Because we want them to be thirsty to hear more about Jesus.
STICKY: Because we want them to remember what God has done in your
life and what He can do in their life.
The Bible says: Let your conversation be always
be full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to
answer everyone. (Col 4 v 6)
c) Teaching the lesson
This week we are going to help you learn how to
share your testimony. Last week we saw how we can use the one door
dollar bill to create a bridge into our testimony.
How to share your testimony:
Sometimes how you say something is more important than what you
say! The emphasis on a word can change the meaning of a sentence.
1. She said she did not take his money. (It
was not someone else who said it.)
2. She said she did not take his money. (But someone else did.)
3. She said she did not take his money. (And thus she is still
4. She said she did not take his money. (But she won it gambling.)
5. She said she did not take his money. (But she took someone
6. She said she did not take his money. (But she did take something
else of his)
Don’t you see I said exactly the same thing
each time but I put the emphasis in different places which changed
the meaning completely.
As you can see the emphasis we place on words and
the emotion we say them effects the way the listener receives them.
So if we present our personal testimony with the wrong type of emotion
it will effect the way it is received by the listener.
The Scripture says ‘That we overcome by
the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony’.
(Rev 12 v 11)
Therefore our personal testimony is very powerful
because it demonstrates how powerful God is. God is a able to take
away our sins, transform us and make us new creations.
The Bible says “If anyone is in Christ,
he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”
(2 Cor 5 v17)
When people see that our lives are changed they
know that God is real. When we use our personal testimonies it shows
the world God’s power to change a sinful heart.
When God changes us it is a miracle. We can use
our personal testimonies as a bridge into the Gospel Presentation.
It will prepare their hearts as they listen to what God has done
in our personal lives the listener will see how God can work in
their life as well.
Your personal testimony tells what God has done
for you and no one can dispute what God has done in your life.
This week we are going to help you write and practice
Introduction to your Personal Testimony:
(Teacher/Trainer will say the introduction and the children
will repeat after them)
May I tell you what God has done in my life?
Let me use this piece of paper to explain… give your personal
Mystery Clue’ Witnessing Tool
• Imagine this blank piece of paper represents
my life. This is how my life started, it’s the way God made
me, it was a clean slate.(Write ME in the middle bottom ) But
as I grew up I began to take control of my life. I started turning
to my own way and doing what I wanted to do instead of what God
wanted me to do.
(Begin to share times in your life when you
took control of your life or were disobedient as you share begin
to fold the paper. Turn the top right hand corner over as seen in
(Continue to share your testimony and fold the
top left corner over as seen in the illustration. Remember this
is YOUR testimony so no one can argue with you and it is interesting
because it tells others something personal about you.) And
soon I no longer looked the way God made me. Look I’m a different
shape all together. As my life went on, I made yet another turn
in my life and now I am completely different to how God intended
me to be.
(Fold the paper in half as you start to explain
that sin had your life trapped and). The sin in my life has
me folded up and doubled over in knots. In fact, I am separated
from God because of my disobedience. A friend shared the Gospel
(expand here if possible) and Jesus come into my life and
turned my life upside down.
(You begin to explain) He began to tear
away the things from my life that separated me from God. (Tear
off section 1 and throw it on the ground). There were some
people that needed to be remove and He is still working on me.
(Tear off section 2 throw that on the ground. Leaving only section
3) This is the most important part of my life. (Place it
in your top left hand pocket or next to your heart) I hid this
in my heart. Let’s take a look at all the stuff that Jesus
cut off from my life. (Kneel on the floor and start to put the
pieces together.) What is all this stuff down here? This was
the sin that Jesus tore away from my life, now let’s look
more closely and see what see what this looks like (start arranging
it) All of this sin was separating me from God and was going
to send me straight to … HELL.
But here in my pocket next to my heart was all that I needed. (Unfold
the section 3)
This is what I am trusting in. You see Jesus is
God, he came from Heaven to earth, He lived a perfect life, He died
on the cross to pay the penalty of our sins, He rose from the dead
and He is in Heaven now preparing a place for me. I am trusting
in Jesus ALONE for my eternal life. Does this make sense to you?
Have you ever asked Jesus to come into your heart…?
He will change your destination from HELL to LIFE!
(Convert HELL to LIFE, you will have one piece left over place
it under LIFE like a line)
Write your personal testimony on the heart sheets provided.(Photocopy
prior to session) Start with this statement:
• May I tell you what God has done in my life?
• There was a time in my life… give your personal testimony.
Let’s get to the Heart of the matter:
To tell someone our testimony we can use two contrasting ideas like
fear and lack of fear.
For example: There was a time in my life when I
was afraid I didn’t know what would happen if I died. But
now I know for sure that I will be with God in Heaven someday forever.
This contrasts or compares two ideas my FEAR of
death and now my CONFIDNECE that I have Eternal Life.
So now in our personal testimony let’s contrast sadness and
Example two: There was a time in my life when I
was very sad I didn’t know if I had any friends. But now I
have the best friend that anyone can have and I have joy.
This contrasts or compares two ideas my SADNESS
and now my JOY that I now have with my best friend Jesus.
(Trainers can now share their Personal Testimonies to their group
of children and then assist them in writing their own testimonies
on the heart handout start off by writing on how Jesus helped them
in one area in their life. Start off by writing on the heart There
was a time in my life when I was very ……… (lost)
but now I am………………(found)
(See Jesus makes the difference Visual Aids
in Handbook to help teach this session)
FEAR – CONFIDENCE
SADNESS – JOY
WORRIED - PEACEFUL
UNLOVED – LOVED
DARKNESS – LIGHT
HURT – HEALED
• Photocopy the ‘Two Hearts’ and
get the smaller children to write the appropriate description, before
and after that best describes their change of life following their
Plan “Fishing Trips”
– ‘On-the-Journey Training’ (OJT) Learn it, use
it or loose it! Its simple…identify opportunities to have
safe and successful Fishing Trips (On the Job Training)
Enabling children to share the Gospel in Sunday school classes for
younger children, schools, orphanages, other churches, Bible clubs,
and other children’s events using the ‘Mystery Clue’
Witnessing Tool: The Power Swore, Treasure Map, The 6 Diamonds,
Wiggling Fingers, The Bridge, Lak-A-Word Booklet, Dollar Bill, etc
6) APPLICATION/ENCOUNTERING GOD: Get
some of the children to come up and share their testimonies “May
I tell you what God has done in my life?...”
Refer to our Encountering God Handbook for ideas
for this important section of the session. Experience the Holy Spirit
Learning Centers creating an atmosphere for this experience.
“Once I felt rejected like nobody loved my, now I feel loved
because God so loved me He sent His only Son Jesus…”
“Once I was hurt but Jesus healed me…”
“I was lost but Jesus found me…”
“My life was empty but now Jesus has filled me with purpose…”
“Once I was sad but Jesus has given me lasting joy…”
“I use to always worry but now I have peace…:
“I use to be very fearful about sharing my faith but now I
“I use to doubt but now I believe…”
• Pray for opportunities for the children to share their testimony
• For courage to share their faith using their ‘Mystery
Clue’ Witnessing Tool:
TAKE HOME PAGE: Heart testimony
NEXT WEEK: The children must understand
the Spiritual condition about the person they are about to share
view Session #9.