We are going on our first missions trip as a family in a couple of days! We are so excited to get to go with our church youth group. I am so blessed by the 22 students who could be doing anything during their spring break, but decided to come and serve in the Philippines during that time. One of the things we will be doing is staying at an orphanage and doing activities with the kids. One activity we will be doing is sharing the parable of the Wise and Foolish Builders (Matthew 7:24-28).
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
To help the kids remember to build their life and identity on a firm foundation, the rock (God) rather than on shifty sand (the world), we decided to paint rocks and write their names on it. I thought I would try it out before out trip to make sure we had the proper supplies. Probably the easiest craft I’ve done… paint dries really fast on rocks! I used acrylic paint as well as paint pens to make writing names on the rocks easier. Then sealed it with mod podge, which also added a nice shiny finish.
I’m praying that this little craft will serve as a reminder for the kids in the orphanage about the benefits and importance of obeying God’s words! I am so thankful for a God who is firm and true and who we can lean on in times of trouble 🙂