All are Precious in His Sight
There are many ways to enhance this international theme by using things you already have around.
We put a world map on the wall. At the top we put 4 cut-out paper dolls, one red, one yellow, one black, one white and the words “All are precious in his sight.” [This comes from the old children’s song, “Red and yellow, black and white, all are precious in his sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world.] If you are afraid that emphasizing skin color may offend some, just leave the paper dolls off. If you have pictures of people in international dress, you can display the pictures around the world map.
Ask for any items that church people own that come from other countries and display these items.
Display landmarks from other countries. You may find a calendar that shows photos of various landmarks. We found clip art of famous landmarks and used that. This display is needed for the game.
If some in your church own traditional clothing from other countries, ask them to wear it.
As guests arrived, we gave them a blank list. They were supposed to guess and write down the names of the various landmarks and what country they are located in. We also had them identify the country that the people in the pictures came from by their traditional dress. The one with the most correct answers got a prize.
You can arrange for people to do special numbers that are in other languages or are traditional tunes from other countries.
Have ladies bring food from other countries.
You will have to tailor your devotional to the speaker. It will help if you have a missionary or a person who has lived in another country for some years. I will list what I did to give you an idea of what can be done.
God’s pattern for people was to scatter over all the earth. Since people resisted this, he confused their languages.
[Several people quoted Bible verses in other languages.]
I told some funny stories about different things that missionaries had to eat in different countries.
I talked about different ways people eat in different countries.
I talked about living as a foreigner in a country and about the cultural diversities in several countries.
God is the God of all. Romans 3:29
God made individuals different.
God made me. Psalm 139:15-16
God knows me. Psalm 139:1-4
The hairs of my head are numbered. Matt. 10:30
God doesn’t want anyone to perish. 2 Peter 3:9
God wants us to be saved. John 3:16
Since the beginning of the world about 10 billion people have ever lived. But God loves you, wants to be your Savior, helper, and friend. All are precious in His sight.