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Sunday, August 5, 2012

Family Circus

Darrell and Sandi Blatchley founded an incredible ministry called Family Circus.  Located in the Philippines, this Circus Tent creates high impact, joyful methods to present the Gospel to children and to their families.  The purpose is to bring the life and joy of Jesus, combining both discipleship and evangelism, to reach lost children, while ministering to the needs of the child, both spiritual and physical.  Each week 5-6 thousand people of all ages attend the church services held under the “Big Top’  in the center of the densely populated Davao City.  Many are malnourished.  Some are pregnant.  All are provided free dental care, food assistance, vitamins & first aid.  Scripture memory and dramatized sermons are the foundation of each service and prayer lines are always open. 

 A government official from Davao City’s food and drug office recently inspected Family Circus, a children’s outreach developed and directed by missionaries Darrell and Sandy Blatchley. As she toured the campus, the official was amazed by the ministry’s tents, dental lab, food distribution center, fishpond and gardens. “I’ve never seen anyone help children like you do,” she said.

There is a plethora of resource information available on their website at from aquaponics to child evangelism manuals.  If you are building, increasing or starting a children’s ministry this information may be pertinent to your needs.

Child Evangelism Manuals
These manuals were created in the Philippines by the Family Circus Children's Ministry team to help with the churches' biggest challenge - to bring in the King’s Tender Harvest.

We recognize that some churches do not have the financial resources found in other more developed countries. As a result, the lessons are hand-tailored to be reproduced in remote areas as well as in larger cities. Each lesson is designed to be used both in churches, and on the street.

If you have a heart to reach the children, these manuals are for you. Perhaps you have found working with children to be an intimidating, tiring task, not knowing how to do it.   These manuals are intended to be your friend. If you follow the patterns, you will find a new excitement, as it becomes clear that the children are reachable.  You can do it and have fun at the same time.

Our prayer is that you will find these manuals to be a very useful tool in helping children to come to Jesus.
Child Evangelism Manual CONTENTS:
  • 1 Leader's Manual. Includes 13 lesson plans in a convenient three-ring binder (or spiral bound)
  • 1 CD ROM with a .PDF file of all lesson information and pictures for PowerPoint presentations
  • 1 Kids Praise & Worship Tape - This includes the Family Circus theme song plus new kids scripture music.
  • Life Application Stories in black & white. You may color these pictures, photocopy or trace them onto transparencies, or project them onto a poster sized paper.

Some Child Evangelism Manuals include the following SPECIAL PAGES:
  • Family Circus Club Bonus Bucks.
  • Puppeting Instructions
  • Basic Puppet Stage Construction
  • List of Memory Verses and - Flash Points.
  • Other resources, available on request, such as international quality, low cost people puppets, CD containing all lessons, and further information.

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