Thank you Lord for Saving My Soul

(c) Child Evangelism Fellowship

(c) Child Evangelism Fellowship

I learned this song back in 1978, my first year teaching Good News Clubs. I tell children it’s an “oldie but a goodie.” It’s a great tool to teach children the concepts of soul, salvation, and belonging to God’s forever family.

Here’s how we explain some church terminology on a child’s level:

Saving my soul: In this song, it’s referring to the part of us that lives forever when our life is over here on earth. Our soul is the part of us that contains our wants and desires (Psalm 72:14).

Making me whole: The Bible teaches that our sins separate us from God. (Sin is choosing our way instead of God’s way that we learn in the Bible). When we believe in Jesus and death, burial and resurrection and ask Him to save us from the punishment of sin, we are no longer separated from God but we are “made whole” and belong to His forever family (Romans 10:9-10).

Salvation: Salvation means to rescue. God sent Jesus to rescue us from the punishment of sin, which is separation from God forever.

Rich and Free: Rich means it’s the greatest gift in the world. Free means that it’s truly a gift, we don’t have to pay or work to receive salvation from God. Jesus bought this gift for us with His precious blood (1 Peter 1:9).

If you are teaching young children, just teach one concept a week. Adjust accordingly to the age and attention span of your class.

After teaching these concepts to the children and using the attached visual-aid to sing the song with the children a couple of times, give an invitation to receive God’s gift of salvation and follow-up with counseling the child for salvation. Child Evangelism Fellowship offers great tracts and training to assist you with giving an invitation and counseling a child for salvation.

Download a visual aid created  by Roger and Eleanor Harwood in 1978 here:

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Download a mini version for children to take home here:

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Finally, click here, for the recorded music and lyrics for the verses and chorus for this lovely song.


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My Favorite Pumpkin Object Lesson

I first taught this lesson in the late 70’s, it’s a favorite lesson of mine with a great message for kids and adults. The late Eleanor Harwood formerly with Child Evangelism Fellowship® of SW AL adapted it for the Good News Club®.

All you need is a pumpkin! Make sure you cut out a SIMPLE happy pumpkin face. Be sure to save the cut-out parts for your lesson. Be extremely careful not to break any of the cut-out parts (eyes, nose, mouth) because you will use them during the lesson. 

You can download the complete lesson with visual aids at the bottom of this post. 

Pumpkin No Glow

Review Game Idea: Kids always love “Mystery Phrase.” Use a wipe board and draw blanks for the phrase: “Let Your Light Shine!” Let children take turns guessing letters for the phrase but they MUST answer a review question to guess a letter and guess the mystery phrase. Have a small treat for the winner!

Alternative Learning Activity: To reinforce the challenge to “Shine for Jesus” put on a wipe board, “Be a Light!” Create 10 mystery words of ways children S. The children can take turns calling out letters (you fill in the letters for all the words that the 1 letter applies for) the child who called out the letter can try to guess one of the 10 mystery words. Examples: Be friendly, Be cheerful, Be loving, Be kind, Be forgiving, Be helpful, Be polite, Be respectful, Be obedient, and Be honest.

Fun Ice Breaker Game: Fill a jar with candy corn and let the children guess how many candy corns. The one closest to the correct number without going over wins! Give a small treat and share the candy corn with all the children. (You can now get marshmallow candy corn! A  great alternative for the really sweet candy corns.) Alternative: Fill a jar with un-popped popcorn instead and serve popcorn for a treat. Have a popcorn ball for the winner.

Musical Pumpkin: Have a small pumpkin and play the song “This Little Light of Mine” while the children pass the pumpkin from one child to the other. Stop the music randomly and the child holding the pumpkin must choose an activity card from a ball or bag. The child can choose rather he/she wants to do the activity, call on someone else raising their hand to do the activity, or everyone do the activity. (For activity cards, make 12 cards and place on each card a random fun activity depending on your age group. For younger children you may want to write activities such as: clap your hands 10 times, jump up and down 5 times, name your favorite color… For older children make the activities more challenging: do 10 push-ups, do 15 squats, run in place for 30 seconds, give everyone a high-five…. )

Dessert: For a great activity, I let the children create their own pumpkin face on their cookie. I gave them a plain sugar cookie, orange frosting with a plastic knife or Popsicle stick to spread, pretzel sticks, and sprinkles. I told them they could break the pretzels to create their pumpkin face. They really had fun and created some awesome pumpkin faces! I also gave them some candy corn and pumpkin marshmallows (the candy corn marshmallows went over better than the original candy corn! They loved them! )

Word-Up: I had a small plastic pumpkin and had a word-up for the day. Every-time I tossed the pumpkin up in the air, the class chanted “Shine for Jesus!”

Song: YouTube has two great videos of the song, “This Little Light of Mine.” One for younger children and one for older children.

For younger children: This Little Light of Mine – For younger children

For older children: This Little Light of Mine – Older

I have an old CD that has This Little Light of Mine with a great rhythm and blue arrangement sung by a child (He sounds like a young Michael Jackson). You can find it used on Amazon: Good News Rhythm and Blues CD

Pumpkin Tips: 

  1. Roast the Pumpkin Seeds for a nutritious treat. My medium size pumpkin yielded 1/4 cup of seeds.
  2. Pumpkins keep a long time before carving but once you carve your pumpkin it won’t last long. I put mine in the refrigerator to keep for Thursday to Sunday (I taught the lesson 3x.) To control sweating, I brought it to Sunday School in a cooler bag and didn’t take it out until ready to teach the lesson. I just wiped the sweat off of it and it worked beautifully! The kids LOVED it and all wanted to take the parts on and off.)
  3. The simplest way to puree your pumpkin to make delicious smoothies is to cut into small pieces and microwave until tender, (put in a covered casserole dish with a tablespoon of water). Remove the shell while the pumpkin is still warm and freeze to use in smoothies later.
  4. Instead of using a candle, you can purchase battery operated Tea Candles at a Dollar Store. Buy extra and use them with the children when you sing the song, “This Little Light of Mine.” You can purchase is large quantities from Oriental Trading.

Hand-Out for Kids: Don’t forget the fun Pumpkin tract from  ; I filled my with marshmallow candy corns!

Pumpkin Tract

Click here to download lesson: Pumpkin Story

Click here for Memory Verse Visual: Memory Verse Visual 1 John 1:9

Click here for Memory Verse Tokens: Memory Verse Token 1 John 1:9


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Fall Festivals provide an awesome opportunity to reach children and families for Christ. This bright and colorful tract will capture children’s attention and give them a fun and colorful way to remember John 3:16.

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I know this tract will capture kids attention because I had mine laying on my desk and the boys across the street immediately noticed it, went through each page, and begged me to give them one!

Order yours today at:

BTW: The boys sang the John 3:16 song that I taught them at Good News Club too!

Order the CD with the John 3:16 song at: (Wordless Book CD)

Coming soon: I will post a video with the boys singing the John 3:16 song soon!

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Help Wee Can Know Finish Our Office

You can help God answer our prayer! We need to finish the attached utility/ man cave in the back of our house into an office. Yes, my dear Phil is willing to give up a man cave for the sake of the little ones! I love that man!

So far, God provided $1100 in donations and a construction mission team for labor. Phil began work in completing the attic with the hopes of moving our supplies from storage to its new home-Lord willing, safe from floods!

We need your help with funding to complete the job!

What so we need?

  • Windows $750
  • Insulation $3,000 ( yes, we live in New Orleans and it gets really hot; plus, our attic will also provide a work space.)
  • AC/Heating unit $700
  • Toilet/Sink $150
  • Building material $1000
  • Other needs: paint and trim, electrical work to run lines for fan and AC unit, extra plumbing parts, connect sewer line to main sewer, ladder/staircase for attic entry
  • Other personal need: we will need a utility shed once we begin work on inside of office
  • Total known cost $5,686 plus additional unknown expenses

Phil’s Office Estimate Worksheet: Office Estimate

This is a work in progress and we will complete in stages as God supplies the funds.

Why do we need your help? Wee Can Know depends 100% on the donations and love-offerings of churches and individuals. You can join with us in God’s work of teaching little ones about Him. Your faith will grow with our faith as we join hands together.

Join with us in this process and watch God provide our needs so we can feed His little lambs and train others for this important ministry of the church.

Our future storage and workroom

Our future storage and workroom

Inside needs finishing and windows

Inside needs finishing and windows

Rotten wood needs replacing

Rotten wood needs replacing

Our Future Office Entrance

Our Future Office Entrance


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Busy Mom Recipe

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Hey Moms or Dads, do you find it hard to get up, get your kids ready for church, worship, and come home to a cooked meal?

Here is a family hit that is super easy to prepare, kids love it, Dads love, and our bodies love it too!

Chili Chicken Taco Soup. I prepared it this morning! It didn’t look like 3 chicken breast would be enough meat but it was plenty!

Special thanks to

Crock Pot Chicken Taco Chili Soup


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Do you like pumpkins?

Pumpkin Tract

Do you like pumpkins? I know I do and even if folks don’t like to eat them, they make great decorations!

Well, Let the Little Children Come created the neatest little pumpkin evangelistic tool for you to use at your Fall Festivals, Fall Parties, or Good News Clubs! I know kids love them because the boys across the street went crazy over mine when they saw it sitting on the counter!

The one boy suggested I can give them out as prizes at our next Good News Club. When kids open the little pumpkin up and that is what kids will do, they will see the Gospel message printed simply and in bright attractive colors.

I asked the boys what type of candy I should put inside the pumpkin for a treat? They thought for a minute and decided on Jolly Ranchers! In my work with children, I know they do love Jolly Ranchers. Most kids choose the hard candy even over chocolate! (As far as candy corn or candy pumpkins, some kids like them but a lot don’t.)

Here’s where you can order your pumpkin tracts: click here.

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How to Teach Girls to Dress Modestly

I thought this was godly wisdom and worth sharing, I work with a lot of preteen girls and some of them do not know how or why they should dress modestly.

Teach them early

Teach them early

Two young ladies arrived to a meeting wearing clothes that were quite revealing their body parts. Here is what the Chairman told them: He took a good look at the ladies and made them sit. Then he said something that, they might never forget for the rest of their lives.

He looked at them straight in the eyes and said; “ladies, everything that God has valuable in this world is well covered and hard to see, find or get.

1. Where do you find DIAMONDS? Deep down in the ground, covered and protected.

2. Where do you find PEARLS? Deep down at the bottom of the ocean, covered up and protected in a beautiful shell.

3. Where do you find GOLD? Way down in the mine, covered over layers of rock and to get them, you have to work hard & dig deep down to get them.

He looked at them with serious eyes and said;

“Your body is sacred & unique” You are far more precious than gold, diamonds and pearls, and you should be covered too. So he added that, “If you keep your treasured mineral just like gold, diamond and pearls, deeply covered up, a reputable mining organization with the requisite machinery will fly down and conduct years of extensive exploration.”

Then he said, “First, they will contact your government (family), sign professional contracts (wedding) and mine you professionally( legal marriage). But if you leave your precious minerals uncovered on the surface of the earth, you always attract a lot of illegal miners to come and mine you illegally. Everybody will just pick up their crude instruments and just have a dig on you just freely like that. So, keep your bodies deeply covered so that it invite professional miners to chase you.

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