During the outdoor program we have the opportunity
to spread our message of hope and salvation. The lessons are projected
over a sound system and can be heard by many in a community. For this
reason we have decided to stick to simple lessons with a strong
evangelistic message. More direct discipleship will occur in our indoor
program which runs from late October to early May. This series is
Adventure Days. Adventure will be the outward theme but the lesson will
encompass our true task, to share with the kids the salvation message,
to tell them the "Secret of Everlasting Life". In Adventure Days you
will travel with our protagonist to wild jungles, high mountains and hot
deserts. He will find many different beliefs about eternal life but in
the end he will find The Way, The Truth and The Life.
Lesson 3 - Desert Adventure
This third week in adventure days series is the
final lesson. It is focussed on "the Secret of Everlasting Life". This
week the professor will find the truth. He has struggled to find the
answers for the last two weeks and this week he finds it.
The stress in this lesson will be upon Jesus as the only way. It is
important to communicate that having Jesus in your life is essential and
that He is the only way we can be assured of eternal life. This message
will be clear and simple and will be a straight forward evangelical
Now the children will know "the secret of eternal life" and so will
In some of the outdoor program we have found it
necessary to eliminate the opening. The children are often hyper and use
to high energy activity when outdoors, so we have to begin with the
rules in order to maintain control.
As "The Zoo" has developed we have found it
necessary to add rules to specific evenings. During the summer we do not
allow water guns. If a child has a toy gun we ask them to give it to us
until the end of the evening or take it home.
This is an energetic time. Encourage the children
to be loud when they are supposed to be loud and quiet when they are
supposed to be quiet.
Games are exciting for children to play but safety
must be a priority when planning or selecting games for your program. We
believe that the games we use make an impression on the kids. We try not
to use games that glamorize acts of violence. The use of water guns,
dart guns, or any other type of gun to shoot somebody makes killing look
fun. We advise caution whenever dealing with inner city children and
Sand in the Bucket
Select two teams of four. The children will line up behind the
pylons. When the whistle blows the child will pick up the plastic shovel
in front of them and scoop up some sand. The child will run to the pail
in front of them and drop the sand into it. The first team to fill the
Select two teams of five. the object of this game is to get your
whole team to the oasis as fast as you can without getting caught in the
dangerous spots in the desert. You can add your own situations but some
of the problems they might face are:
- Palm Tree Forest - Children must run around
tree seven times. (Children must place forehead on a baseball bat
and spin seven times).
- Cactus Country - Hop over a cactus (or
- Scorpions Den - Children disguise themselves
as scorpions by crab walking through a portion of the course.
- Run to the oasis.
In the third week Phoebe is back. She is telling
the children about another place that she has visited. She was in the
scorching hot desert on her summer vacation. She had a map with her but
it dried out in the sun. It was very old so when it got too dry it fell
apart. It had a special message on it but now she can't remember what it
said. The children are asked to figure it out.
Leader: Hi Phoebe!
Phoebe: Hi (leader) and hello to all of you too.
Leader: We are pleased that you could join us again. We
enjoyed hearing about the exciting places that you travelled to.
Phoebe: I had a lot of fun visiting the jungle and the
mountain. Did you know that I also went to another place on my vacation?
Leader: No, where did you go?
Phoebe: I went to the scorching hot desert. It was fabulous. I
have never seen anything quite like it. There were camels and a few palm
trees but there was tons and tons of sand. It got so hot in the daytime
that most people didn't even go outside. I have a map that I used to get
around would you like to see it. I keep it in this case.
Leader: An old map of the desert that sounds very interesting.
I'll help you get it out of the case. (Leader opens a briefcase and
finds that the map is in about six pieces) Phoebe it isn't in very good
Phoebe: Sorry I should have mentioned that. It was a very old
map and it got so dry in the desert that it started to fall apart. I am
sure that you and the kids can put it back together. You have helped me
a lot with my vacation souvenirs.
Leader: I have some tape here that will do the trick, if the
kids will help me figure out where the pieces fit. (Have the children
participate, once it is assembled have them repeat the verse found on
Jesus said, "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life." John 14:6 Well
phoebe we put the map together and it had a message on it. The message
seemed very important so we memorized it. Is that message important to
Phoebe: The verse that is on that map is extremely important.
I learned all about it on my trip so I wrote it on my map so that I
would never forget it. That verse is something that Jesus said. It means
that the only way to have everlasting life is through Jesus.
Leader: That sounds pretty confusing to me.
Phoebe: It is actually quite simple. It just means that Jesus
is the answer. If you are wondering about what way to go, if you are
looking for the truth and if you want to be in heaven with Him forever
then ask Jesus. If you are sorry for your sins and you ask Jesus to be
part of your life He will.
Leader: Now I get it. Thanks for sharing with us again Phoebe.
Phoebe: No problem, see you later.
Leader: Bye Phoebe!
This story is told by
DR. KENTUCKY JAMES. He is a puppet that was dressed in a safari suit
but has an academic look because He is a professor. He will interact
with another puppet, Phoebe.
Leader: Now it is time for our story. Let's see if the
professor found what he was looking for. He was searching for the
"Secret of Everlasting Life".
Dr. Kentucky James: Good evening! I am Dr. Kentucky James and
I have been having a terrible time lately. All I wanted to know was how
to get to heaven. I just wanted to know the "Secret of Everlasting
Life". I have searched everywhere but I can't find the answer.
I am glad that you joined me tonight. I can use the company. I just
got back from another place. I heard that you could find the answer to
the "Secret of Eternal Life" in the desert so I went. I didn't find the
answer. I am just in the middle of unpacking, I will tell you the story
while I put my stuff away.
I went to the jungle and I talked to a crazy elephant, he didn't have
the right answer. Then I climbed a mountain and talked to the king of
the monkeys and he didn't have the answer I was looking for. Then just
last week I went to the scorching hot desert to find the "Secret of
Everlasting Life" This desert was miserable. It was so hot I thought I
was going to pass out. I had to hike for miles in the sand. I could
barely breathe. I had a canteen full of water but that soon ran out. I
didn't know what to do. I knew that I wanted to find the answer but I
was getting so thirsty. I walked and walked and found nothing. It was
unbelievable. I think we searched the whole desert and we found nothing.
Pretty boring story, huh? So here I am back in my office with nothing to
report. I still don't know the answer.
(Suddenly there is a knock at the door.)
Oh excuse me it seems that I have some company. Oh hello Phoebe.
Everyone this is Phoebe.
Phoebe: Hi Professor I heard that you have a problem.
Dr. Kentucky James: Yes as a matter of fact I do have a
problem. I have been searching for the "Secret of Everlasting Life". I
have been to the jungle, to the mountains and in the desert. I have been
everywhere. All I want to know is how to get to heaven.
Phoebe: That's it? I can understand why you would be upset
Kentucky but I wish you had asked me first. Do you have a bible?
Dr. Kentucky James: Yes I do. Here it is.
Phoebe: The answer to the whole thing is right here. You went
everywhere but the truth is in this book, the Bible. Pretty amazing.
Dr. Kentucky James: Wow
Phoebe: If you look up John 14:6 it says it in one verse.
Jesus said, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life." Jesus is the way to
heaven. His way is the truth., He is the "Secret of Everlasting Life".
That simply means that if you believe in Jesus and ask Him to forgive
you, He will be part of your life and you will go to heaven.
Dr. Kentucky James: You mean it is that simple?
Phoebe: Pretty amazing, isn't it?
( The two exit and Kentucky is still expressing awe at the whole
(address the kids allowing time for interaction.)
Those puppets found the answer. What is the only way that we will get
to go to heaven? Jesus. If you would like to have Jesus in your life
then you can pray this prayer with me. Dear Jesus, I know that you are
the truth. I am sorry that I do things that make you unhappy. Please
forgive me. I want you to come into my life and be with me forever. Amen
If you prayed this prayer with us today we want to know so that we can
answer any questions that you might have. Stick around after if you
would like to talk about it.
Quiet seat prizes and closing prayer.
Copyright 1997, Bread of Life Ministries