By Rev. Doug Forbes
Most houses of worship and many community groups support missionary work and provide humanitarian aid to various parts of the world. Children enjoy learning about new places, people, and the Flags of the World activity will help your class learn about other countries and how they can help others through their church or civic organization’s programs.
For the Flags of the World activity you need: Bibles, Bible concordances, atlases and books from the library on countries and their flags, 30 by 18 inch pieces of white cardboard, colored construction paper, tacky glue, a stapler, and half inch wooden dowels 30 inches long.
Instruct your students to use their Bibles and concordances to discover Bible passages that talk about helping others. Allow time for each child to share his or her findings. Read Matthew 10:42 to your class, and explain that we will always be rewarded for helping others, even if all we do is provide someone with a cup of cold water.
Review information about various countries and their flags, especially places where our organization supports relief work. Show your class members the pictures of flags from many countries. Ask each young person to pick a flag they would like to replicate. Help your students understand the background of the country they have chosen, including special needs and missionary work underway to meet those needs.
Help each child make the flag of their choice by cutting colored construction paper to the proper size and shape and gluing it onto their 30 by 18 inch piece of white cardboard. When their flag is completed, ask them to staple it onto a 30 inch long half inch wooden dowel.
Take a little time at the end of your class to pray for the overseas missionaries your church supports and/or prays for.
As parents and guardians arrive, have each child display his or her flag and share a little information about the country they have chosen.