Which Way Is Up?

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 how to use travel and directional words.

Guiding Question: How can students apply travel words to real-life travel?

Materials: Vocabulary/picture cards based on words you choose, paper, pencils

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. Have students share why they think God would send us to places all over the world to share even if it is not comfortable or safe. 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. Explain and teach various travel and directional words by showing the word and a picture to represent the word.

Example Words: north, south, east, west, luggage, airport, car, map, hotel, gas station, travel, drive, boat, bridge

Have the students get in small groups to plan a trip across the U.S. and then present their trip to the class using directional words, travel words, etc.

Additional Questions: How can students use travel words to plan a vacation?
Supplemental Activity: Have students create an itinerary for a vacation in a specific destination of their choice. Have students include travel and directional words.

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