AIMKids MM7 – French Fashion

AIMKids Missionary Moments are designed to be a resource for Sunday School Teachers / Youth leaders, to help kids relate to the life of an MK (Missionary Kid). They’re intentionally short because we know you already have a lot of material to cover.

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5 Fun Facts about French Fashion

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  1. Denim Jeans: Originated in the French city of Nîmes. To say “from Nîmes” in French you say… “de Nîmes” … see the ressemblance with denim?  Denim jeans were imported to California (by Levi Strauss) to furnish mine-workers with durable work pants.
  2. LouisXIVHaute-Couture vs. Prêt-à-Porter:  These are two types of French clothing… Haute Couture means tailor-made (and very expenseive)Prêt-a-Porter means ready to wear (and affordable).
  3. Big Hair: King Louis the Fourteenth started the trend of men wearing big wigs of curly hair (ugh!). He did it to cover up his own balding head and then people in his palace had to follow the king’s lead… that’s how style works!
  4. Less is More: They say that if you want to dress in French-style, go for something simple and uncomplicated. Scarves (think “infinity scarf” girls) add a very french-flare
  5. Famous Names: Name brands define the value and popularity of many articles of clothing. The bigger the name brand – the more money you have to pay for them. Do you recognize the names: Chanel, Dior, Yves St. Laurent (YSL), Louis Vuitton? They are all from France.

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Prayer Focus:

Pray that we (you in your church and us in France) will be like French Fashion:

  1. Denim: That God will give us the strength to be hard-working for Him!
  2. Prêt-à-Porter: that we not be unreachable but available to help everyone who needs help knowing Jesus.
  3. Big Hair: That we will not just follow the silly trends of the world, but only those styles that please God.
  4. Less is More: That our simple life will be attractive and appealing to those around us… that they notice us because of our love for God.
  5. Famous Names: We have the BEST brand name EVER when we wear the name of Jesus. That gives us the highest value of all!

 

  • If your students have specific questions, please done hesitate to email us and we’d be happy to respond specifically.
  • Please let your kids know that by praying for us regularly, THEY TOO are part of taking Jesus’ love to France… they’re part of missions!

AIMKids MM6 – Bike Race

AIMKids MM6 – Bike Race

AIMKids Missionary Moments are designed to be a resource for Sunday School Teachers / Youth leaders, to help kids relate to the life of an MK (Missionary Kid). They’re intentionally short because we know you already have a lot of material to cover.

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The Tour de France is a test of…

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  1. Endurance: The race is 23 days long, but racers spend 21-days on their bikes
  2. Distance:  In those 21 days they cover 3,500 Kilometers (France uses the metric system) or 2,200 miles.
  3. Flexibility: Cyclists have to be good on flat ground (9 days), hilly ground (5 days), mountain roadways (6 days), and high altitude roadways (5 days). 

And it leads to…

A Great Finish: No matter where the race takes them in France, the finish line is ALWAYS on the Champs Elysées in Paris. They cross the finish line and get a reward to the cheers of thousands of spectators.

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Prayer Focus:

Pray that we (you in your church and us in France) will be like racers in the Tour de France:

  1. Endurance: That even though it might get uncomfortable at times… we will stick with it to the end!
  2. Distance: We never know where God’s will will take us… we can go far and do great things for God.
  3. Flexibility: That we will stay faithful to God in all circumstance: good times or bad, easy days or tough.

 

Even the Bible compares the Christian life to a race and gives us the key to finishing well!

Hebrews 12:1-2:

1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith;

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  • If your students have specific questions, please done hesitate to email us and we’d be happy to respond specifically.
  • Please let your kids know that by praying for us regularly, THEY TOO are part of taking Jesus’ love to France… they’re part of missions!

AIMKids MM5 – Eiffel Tower

AIMKids Missionary Moments are designed to be a resource for Sunday School Teachers / Youth leaders, to help kids relate to the life of an MK (Missionary Kid). They’re intentionally short because we know you already have a lot of material to cover.

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5 Fun Facts about the Eiffel Tower

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  1. Originally just a big gate: It was intended as a temporary gate for the 1889 World’s Fair, but people liked it so much… it’s still up today!
  2. Tons of Paint!  Every 7 years, maintenance workers apply 50-60 tons of paint to the Eiffel Tower to protect the metal tower from rusting.
  3. A Big Radio & TV Antenna: Several radio & TV stations broadcast their signals from the top of the Eiffel Tower, the tallest building in Paris (81 stories) which is taller than the Washington Monument & St. Louis Gateway Arch (see below).
  4. People people & more people! Since it’s construction in 1889, over 250 million people have visited the tower (6 million alone in 2012).
  5. Hungry? If you get really hungry while on the tower, there is a restaurant on the 2nd floor…. but beware, the cost is between $120 and $300 per person!  WOW!

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Prayer Focus:

Praye that we (you in your church and us in France) will be like the Eiffel Tower:

  1. Gate: that through us, people will see and come to know Jesus.
  2. Protected: That we will take care of our “outside appearance” to protect the “core” of who we are.
  3. Antenna: That we will send “signals” that communicate Jesus’ love to others.
  4. People: That God will bring us into contact with lots of people…
  5. Feeding people: …lots of hungry people that we can nourish with the love of God.

 

Want a neat kids activity?  

Online games & trivia about the Eiffel Tower
Paper cut-out Eiffel Tower craft  (image credit: papertoys.com)

Compare the Eiffel Tower and the St. Louis Gateway Arch.
(image credit: The Peoria Chronicle)
Eiffel Tower & St. Louis Arch comparison

  • If your students have specific questions, please done hesitate to email us and we’d be happy to respond specifically.
  • Please let your kids know that by praying for us regularly, THEY TOO are part of taking Jesus’ love to France… they’re part of missions!

AIMKids MM4 – Buildings

AIMKids Missionary Moments are designed to be a resource for Sunday School Teachers / Youth leaders, to help kids relate to the life of an MK (Missionary Kid). They’re intentionally short because we know you already have a lot of material to cover.

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Famous Buildings in France

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  1. Eiffel Tower: Perhaps one of the most well-known buildings in France. It was intended as a temporary gate for the 1889 World’s Fair, but people liked it so much… it’s still up today!
  2. Castles: There are over 1,000 castles in France: a couple hundred are within a 2-hour drive of our house and one is within a 10-min drive. How cool is that?
  3. Cathedrals: France has some of the most impressive cathedrals in Europe… Catholic Churches built hundreds of years ago (Notre Dame Church in Paris is over 800 years old!). Many are mostly tourist attractions now with very few people who attend services.

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Prayer Focus:

Buildings are beautiful to look at and explore, but the greatest building in ALL the WORLD is us & you too!  The Bible says that we are being built into a spiritual house, where Jesus is worshiped. That makes you SPECIAL!

– Pray that we can share that with others and you too!

(1 Peter 2.5 You also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.)

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  • If your students have specific questions, please done hesitate to email us and we’d be happy to respond specifically.
  • Please let your kids know that by praying for us regularly, THEY TOO are part of taking Jesus’ love to France… they’re part of missions!

AIMKids MM3 – School

AIMKids Missionary Moments are designed to be a resource for Sunday School Teachers / Youth leaders, to help kids relate to the life of an MK (Missionary Kid). They’re intentionally short because we know you already have a lot of material to cover.

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School on the Mission Field

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School happens a bit differently here than it typically does at home. We are all homeschooled, which means that we do all of our school right at home.  It’s not up to our mom to teach us everything though, we (the two older ones) have DVDs that we watch from Pensacola Christian Academy in Pensacola, Florida, then mom just has to help us with tests & stuff!

Why?

One of the reasons for this has to do with language. If we went to public school, it would be completely in French. Imagine, from one day to the next… you have to do school in another language! That would be tough. We speak some French already, but probably not enough to keep up with other students in public school. Also, we have always been homeschooled, even in Canada… so by doing it this way, it was one less big change in our life.

Do all Missionary Kids Homeschool?

A lot of MKs are homeschooled, but in some countries there are also international schools where everything takes place in English; often because there are other missionaries or lots of international workers in that place. That’s not the case where we are…

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Prayer Focus:

– Pray that God would help us with our schoolwork.
   (after all, the better we learn, the better we’ll be able to serve Him later)
– Pray that God would help our mom as she helps us.

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  • If your students have specific questions, please done hesitate to email us and we’d be happy to respond specifically.
  • Please let your kids know that by praying for us regularly, THEY TOO are part of taking Jesus’ love to France… they’re part of missions!

AIMKids MM2 – Five Changes

AIMKids Missionary Moments are designed to be a resource for Sunday School Teachers / Youth leaders, to help kids relate to the life of an MK (Missionary Kid). They’re intentionally short because we know you already have a lot of material to cover.

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5 Things that will change or have changed for us?

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  1. House: Until our arrival in France, we will have lived in the same house for our whole life and had never moved. Soon we will be living in the missionaries’ house, so we have to be extra careful, because it’ll mostly all be their furniture & stuff.
  2. Church: Our church at home is about 300+ people, with about 40 youth and 100-110 in Sunday School usually. When we arrive, our new church will have 25-30 people (depending on the Sunday), 8-10 kids (including us) and NO GIRLS (besides Sophie).
  3. Friends: All of our good friends will still be at home in Canada. We’ll be able to text back & forth and sometimes FaceTime them, but it’s not the same and sometimes we’ll get lonely. The next nearest church is 2.5 hours away so it’ll be hard to get to another youth group sometimes to have more church friends.
  4. Neighborhood: At home we lived in the city and knew our neighbors for our whole life and there were friends who lived close. We could walk to the donut shop and grocery store but in France we’ll be a little farther from downtown and we’re not so familiar so usually mom & dad will have to take us.
  5. Language: This is a biggie!  Everyone speaks English at home, but in France pretty much everyone only speaks French. We speak some French because our mom & dad spoke it at home, but sometimes it’ll be tiring to always try to understand.

Prayer Focus:

– Pray that our church grows so more people & more kids know Jesus.
– Pray that we make some friends in our city.
– Pray that God helps us to improve in our French.

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  • If your students have specific questions, please done hesitate to email us and we’d be happy to respond specifically.
  • Please let your kids know that by praying for us regularly, THEY TOO are part of taking Jesus’ love to France… they’re part of missions!

AIMKids MM1 – What’s an AIMKid?

This is the first of a series of 10 posts entitled: AIMKids Missionary Moments
(For a full list of all 10 topics… click on #AIMKids in the top menu bar or click here. Hyperlinks will be added as the Missionary Moments are published)

The Goal: Each post in the series is designed to be a resource for Sunday School Teachers & Youth leaders. A tool that will help kids…

  •  connect to missions in general.
  •  relate to the life of an MK (Missionary Kid) specifically.
  •  understand how they too can help their friends know more about Jesus & his love.

(These posts are intentionally short because we know you already have a lot of material to cover.  This first one will act as an introduction to AIMers and AIMKids in general.)

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What are AIMers?

.The term AIMer refers to someone who goes on AIM (Associate in Missions) for short-term missionary work that usually last 2-months to 1-year (in our case it will be between 1.5 – 2yrs).  AIMers can be single, a married couple or a family (like us). They can be in their teens, twenties or even older. Generally they work with other missionaries – it’s rare for them to be all by themselves in another country.

Some AIMers…

– Cook for Bible School students
– Photocopy invitations to church & teach Sunday School
– Put together text books for Bible School students
– Paint walls & repair buildings
– Try to start new churches

Our parents are going to…

– Pastor the church while the missionary goes to the USA on deputation
– Teach at the Bible School

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What are AIMKids?

Actually… AIMKid is a word that our dad made up. Have you heard of MKs before? They are Missionary Kids… technically we’re really MKs too… but just through the AIM program, so my dad liked that word.  Since our dad made it up, that makes us the first AIMKids ever!  How cool is that!?

We’re going to…

– Help our parents by being the worship team during church
  (we’ve had lessons for a lot of years, but it’ll still be new to play in most services)
– Help pray in our city and pass out invitations sometimes
– Do our school at home (homeschool)

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Prayer Focus:

– Pray that God will help us learn the new songs that they sing there.
– Pray that God will help us with our schoolwork
– Pray that we’ll be brave and meet new friends & tell them about Jesus.

Pray that God will help you to be brave about talking to your friends about Jesus & how he loves them.

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  • If students have specific questions, please email us and we’d be happy to respond specifically.
  • Please let kids know that by praying for us regularly, THEY TOO are part of taking Jesus’ love to France… they’re part of missions!

 

Again… to see a summary of the AIMKid Missionary Moments, as they are currently planned… click on #AIMKids in the top menu or click here.