We’ve been dreaming, scheming and preparing for AIXplorers: digging for the truth since January, and now we begin the big push leading up to 7 July.
“Indiana Jones” is entirely too simplistic in describing the theme. Try picturing your favorite adventure story, add silly games and water and song and dance and the occasional bouncy castle, and you’re beginning to get the idea. No flannel boards or coloring pages here. This is not school, this is life, and it's worth living!
I’ve created a craft for each day that will give a hands-on application to the message that’s presented in a drama, and followed by a brief teaching time. Our text follows Exodus 3:1-4:17.
Day 1: God loves you!
He heard Israel’s cry [Ex 2:23], and He sent Moses to lead the people. God wanted to save Israel because He loved them. God’s love for us is expressed through Jesus.
The craft is an annual favorite. We’ll decorate picture frames on this first day, knowing that we’ll take the group photo tomorrow. We’re part of a community right now, because we’re here at camp together. We wear different team colors, but we’re united in our pursuit of the truth.
Our American team members usually provide simple wooden frames that are sold in craft shops. (Try finding that for a reasonable price in France!) If you don’t have access to that, you can cut a suitable frame from sturdy cardboard. (I don’t want to have to do that for 75 kids!)
Then gather up as much assorted paper, fabric, ribbons, buttons, sticks and stones—anything that will inspire creative expression—and plenty of paint and glue, scissors, paintbrushes, water pots and trash bins. Make it happen!