Missionary Hardships

Scripture: Acts 20:1-21:26

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will learn Paul traveled to many countries to teach about Jesus.
  • Students will learn Paul continued to preach about Jesus even though he was in danger most of the time.
  • Students will learn God wants them to share their faith wherever He sends them, even if it is difficult or scary.
  • Students will learn about the various situations Paul encountered during his missionary journey.

Guiding Question: How can students learn about how Paul overcame challenges as a missionary?

Materials: Maps, paper, drawing utensils, Bibles

Procedure: Review the story of Paul’s Missionary Journey. Remind students that throughout this journey, Paul traveled to many countries so that He could share Jesus with the people there. During his travels, Paul faced dangerous situations where sharing His faith may have caused Him harm or to be put in jail. Even in danger, Paul still shared His faith because He knew that was what God wanted him to do and trusted God would keep Him safe because He was being obedient. Explain that God wants his name spread all over the world so people can come to know Him. He relies on Christians to share the message and may call us to travel to new and unfamiliar places to do so. Even if it seems scary, it’s important to obey God so you can serve Him and make His name known.

Introduce the activity. Help the students map out the various locations that Paul traveled on his journey. Make the map large enough that there is room for them to draw what happened in that location and write extra info like hardships he encountered in each place, who was with him, etc. The students can present to their families or another class when finished.

Additional Questions: How can students learn how events affected Paul’s missionary Journey?

Supplemental Activity: Have the students create a timeline for the classroom of Paul’s Missionary Journey. For example, one event on one piece of paper that is drawn with important information on it that is created into a timeline

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