Teaching Time: varying
Begin to pay attention to specific causes or peoples that God might be placing on your child’s heart. When his birthday comes around, encourage the spirit of giving in him and his friends. Host a world-themed party. In lieu of gifts, ask guests to bring items for a specific project that you pick out ahead of time. This project should relate to your child’s interests. If God has placed orphans on your child’s heart, you could have guests bring shoes for orphans. If your child loves animals, organizations like Compassion International, Samaritan’s Purse, and World Vision offer ways you can buy animals for a family in poverty. If your child has a heart to help children in need, take birthday guests to a dollar store to shop for items to fill shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. Create your own invitations and party activities to match the theme.
- What might your birthday guests learn by participating in this kind of party that’s focused on others?
- How does this type of birthday party help us identify with the heart and purposes of God?
Pray that those you blessed through your birthday party would find the hope of Jesus.