Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Fourth Meeting - Candle Making

"For thou wilt light my candle:  the Lord my God will enlighten my darkness."  Psalm 19:28
We continued our Candle Making for our next meeting.  This time we made taper candles.  Terri led us again in the process of making taper candles.  To make tapers you have a large pot of hot wax, dip the wick, which is doubled over in half, straight into the wax.  Hold it in the wax for 5 seconds.  Pull the wick out of the wax and wait three minutes before dipping again.  As you go through this process the wax begins to build up and you get a taper candle after much dipping and patience. 
Since this process takes some time, we had the girls get started right away and had our devotion time as they dipped.  Since the weather was nice, we brought everything outside and had the girls get in a large circle with the pot of hot wax in the center.  The girls each took turns dipping their wicks into the wax.  By the time we went around the circle, enough time had elapsed that it was time to dip the wick again.
While the girls waited for their turn to dip they read the verses they looked up during the week on "candles".  They came up with some great verses using the variations of "candle" found in the bible.
We also discussed missionaries in the 10/40 window.  I told the girls what the 10/40 window was and showed them on our large wall map where this area is located.
10/40 Window
We discussed how this is the area in the world with the most unreached population.  Here are some mission statistics for this area of the world:

Missions statistics from the places of the 10/40 Window:

  • Center of population:Two-thirds of the world’s population — more than 3.2 billion people — live in the 10/40 Window.
  • Unreached and unevangelized: 95% of the people living in the 10/40 Window are unevangelized. Many have never heard the Gospel message even once. There are either no Christians or not enough of a Christian movement in many cultures of the 10/40 Window to carry out vibrant near-neighbor evangelism. If those groups are to be evangelized, believers will need to leave their own culture to enter another where they will seek to plant the gospel. Such cross-cultural evangelism is required because there are people groups with no church movements that are understandable or relevant to them.
    • Good news: There’s a difference between unreached and unreachable. In 1989 there were only four known Christians living in Mongolia. That country now has an estimated 10,000 indigenous believers. Also, Christian television programming can now be received in many closed 10/40 Window nations.
  • Poverty: Eighty-five percent of those living in the 10/40 window are the poorest of the world’s poor.
    • Good news: Christians delivered more than $1 million worth of food to just one 10/40 Window refugee camp in a recent year. In one North African country that is hostile to the Gospel, abundant rain fell after an Easter service. A local news channel reported, "Christians have brought rain to the desert."
  • World religions: Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism are centered within the 10/40 Window.
  • Least evangelized cities: Half of the world’s least evangelized cities are in this window.
My oldest daughter than taught everyone a song she had learned to help remember who lives in the 10/40 window.  The song is sung to the tune of "BINGO" .
What are the peoples of the world
the peoples inthe window.
T*H*U*M*B, T*H*U*M*B, T*H*U*M*B
The peoples inthe window.
T stands for Tribal
H stands for Hindu
U stands for Unreligious
M stands for Muslim
B stands for Buddhist
The song makes it easy to remember this population of the world and to keep them and the missionaries who are witnessing to them in our prayers.
The girls did a fabulous job on their candles as you can see them proudly holding up their handiwork.
To complete this badge the girls need to make three different candles.
Next meeting we will be learning the art of Letter Writing and Rubber Stamping!

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