everal children from the Jacksonville Point Adventist Church in Florida could hardly wait for their weekend training program. They were eager to see how puppets could be used to tell others about Jesus in a way that would be appealing and unique. The boys and girls were thrilled to learn how the puppets would help to attract people who would stop and listen to stories, singing, and testimonies.
Pastor Fidel Soto was waiting for them with a big smile when they returned from the training program. “So, are you ready to launch our puppet ministry?” The kids were eager to get started.
They loved working with their puppets, making each of them look alive as they talked, listened, and discussed important things. They practiced hard to learn the lines and coordinate the movements with the words. The children, who are between 10 and 12 years old wanted to be as professional as possible and make their messages realistic.
The children wrote their own scripts and helped make their costumes and props with help from their parents. “One of our skits was about two boys who get into a fight,” says Tenver, one of the puppet ministry kids. “The puppets’ friends stop the fight, and they talk about how peace is one of the fruits of the Spirit.”
“We also do skits about Bible characters,” says Isabel, another member of the group. “One of our skits is about the 10 lepers Jesus healed.”
“It’s easier to tell others about Jesus when your friends are working with you,” says Tenver. “At first I was a little scared because I had never done something like this before. Now when I see the smiles on people’s faces when we finish a program, I know it’s worth the work.”
Sharing Jesus with others is an important part of the team’s ministry. “Recently, we took our puppets to a program that helps teenagers who have dropped out of school and gotten into trouble,” Abigail added. “We presented several skits for them and pray that we helped them get their lives back on track.”
For the children in the puppet ministry, learning how to witness has meant learning to talk with their hands. They are helping others learn that Jesus wants to be their best friend forever.
By Nancy Kyte
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