Pumpkin Talk

Oct 15 2012 Published by under Uncategorized

by Carolyn Hittenberger
Are you looking for a seasonal illustrated message that will capture the attention of young and old alike? Here is a keeper!

To fulfill her Service Learning Requirement, Global University student, Cynthia, from California, found a way to teach her Missionettes an unforgettable lesson. In the context of games and activities that go along with the Fall Festival at her church, Cynthia wanted to bring an age appropriate message of salvation.

She began with a chalk board illustration showing that sin has caused a chasm between God and man. Cynthia related God’s amazing plan to send His Son to be our Savior. She drew a cross bridging the chasm, explaining that Jesus lay down His life to pay for our sin.

With great care she explained the ABCs of salvation:

  1. Admit that we are sinners (Rom. 3:23)
  2. Believe in Jesus to forgive our sins (Acts 16:31)
  3. Confess our sins (John 1:9)

She completed the lesson using a pumpkin as a visual. She carefully chose the pumpkin and scrubbed it clean, just as God chooses and cleanses us.

She cut out the top and scooped out the seeds explaining that God removes from us the seeds of doubt, jealousy, disobedience, and all kinds of sin.

After carving a cross shaped opening in the pumpkin, Cynthia placed a candle inside the pumpkin and lit it. She explained that in the same way, when we accept Christ as Savior, His Presence in us shines out to the world around us.

Cynthia understood that it is difficult to “relate a complex subject in a very simple manner” that young children can understand. She found that she had to “condense the message to a few specific points.”

So simple and clear was the message that five girls prayed to accept Jesus as Savior and promised to serve Him. Cynthia reported, “Through the help of the Holy Spirit they [children] can receive the Word and grasp more than you imagine….” The same is true of adults.

Jesus said in Matthew 18:3, “…unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” (NIV)

Cynthia wrote, “I… marvel that the Lord can use me in this kind of lesson…” God challenged her through the Student Learning Requirement of her Global University course and placed her in that class of girls to reach them for Him.

He has placed you where you are, as well. Cynthia tells us, “We must be sensitive to the direction of the Holy Spirit.”  A simple chalk drawing, a carved pumpkin, or a personal testimony shared over a cup of tea can bring eternal results.

Global University is challenging students to share the Gospel and “win the lost and train the found everywhere.”                                                                                              

Carolyn Hittenberger is Assistant for the Caribbean Regional Office at Global University and also works with University Communications. For more information about Global University, visit http://think.globaluniversity.edu.

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