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The Stolen Blessing

Dear Parents,

The Gospel Project for Kids continued its journey through God’s story by learning about a little sibling rivalry. Any child with a sibling can attest to the struggles that sometimes plague this special relationship. Jacob and Esau were no different. Jacob’s name means “heel grabber,” an apt description of who and what he was.

Esau despised his birthright in favor of some tasty stew that Jacob was making. The birthright was an important right in Hebrew culture, and for Esau to look on it with disdain was contrary to all that it was designed to do. Jacob took advantage of his brother and secured for himself a better familial position.

Jacob is a perfect example of why people need a Savior. He tricked his father into blessing him instead of his brother. Jacob lied and was a devious manipulator to gain something that wasn’t rightfully his. Like Jacob, we seek a birthright and a blessing that don’t belong to us, but we can’t lie, cheat, or deceive in order to gain it. Instead, Jesus shared His birthright and blessing with us when He paid for our sins on the cross and gave us His righteousness.

Blessings,
Jeana
ICF Sunday School Coordinator

Upcoming Lesson
Session Title: Jacob’s New Name
Bible Passage: Genesis 32–33

The Promise Reaffirmed

Dear Parents,

In the next installment of God’s story, we learned that God’s plan that began with Abraham extended far beyond his lifetime. When Isaac grew up, he started a family of his own. Isaac’s wife, Rebekah, had twin boys, Jacob and Esau.

Yesterday’s story was about the promise God gave Abraham. Abraham passed the knowledge of the promise to Isaac, who told the promise to his son, Jacob. In order to reaffirm the promise, God gave the promise to both Isaac and Jacob.

God’s plan didn’t stop with the promise He gave to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The promise was extended to Jacob’s descendants—and ultimately to an entire nation—leading to the birth of a baby boy named Jesus. Jesus fulfilled God’s plan to provide salvation and redemption for all of God’s people.

Blessings,
Jeana
ICF Sunday School Coordinator

Upcoming Lesson:
Session Title: The Stolen Blessing
Bible Passages: Genesis 25:27-34; 27: 1-45

God Tested Abraham

Dear Parents,

God’s story continued this week in The Gospel Project for Kids with the story of God testing Abraham. Imagine being Abraham, trusted in old age with the son God had promised. Now God instructs you to offer your son as a sacrifice. What would go through your mind? The sacrifice of a child was not common among God’s followers, but Abraham obeyed God.

Think about your children. Not only was Abraham obedient to God, Isaac was obedient to his father, likely not knowing what was happening but trusting that his father knew what was best. Isaac was willing and ready to do what his father asked him to do.

God provided a ram as a sacrifice instead of Isaac. This story is a clear depiction of what God was willing to do when He sent Jesus as the sacrifice for the sins of mankind. Jesus was willing to do what was necessary for God’s plan to succeed. God spared Isaac by providing a substitute. Likewise, we need a perfect substitute for our sin; that substitute is Jesus.

Blessings,
Jeana
ICF Sunday School Coordinator

Upcoming Lesson:
Session Title: The Promise Reaffirmed
Bible Passages: Genesis 25:19-26; 26:1-6; 28:10-22

Back-to-School picnic

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Thank you to all who helped plan the Back-to-School picnic and who came to join us! Shinae and her team did a fantastic job with organizing the event and coordinating the food. Seby, thank you for putting together the games to get things rolling. It was a wonderful evening and we look forward to seeing you all again on Sunday!

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The Sons of Abraham

Dear Parents,

This week in The Gospel Project for Kids, we heard the story of Abraham’s sons! That’s right, two sons!

Abraham and Sarah took into their own hands the fulfillment of God’s promise to bring a son into the world. God, as always, did not need their help—only their faithfulness.

God fulfilled His promise to Abraham, but only in His timing, not Abraham’s. Isaac was the hope of Abraham and Sarah for a future. The ultimate fulfillment of God’s promise to Abraham is the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus is the hope of the world for salvation and redemption.

Blessings,
Jeana
ICF Sunday School Coordinator

Upcoming Lesson:
Session Title: God Tested Abraham
Bible Passage: Genesis 22:1-19

Visiting our mission partner

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As ICF Dakar we have three mission partners, last Saturday we spent a day with Amet et Alexia Fall who minister in the suburbs of Dakar. We visited a school where pastor Amet teaches Bible classes, and went to present a gift of school supplies to families in the area. Due to the rain we could improve our balancing skills as we walked on the rocks through the flooded streets.

Life circumstances are hard in the suburbs, and we are thankful for the work Amet and Alexia are doing. We heard many testimonies of how people are blessed by their presence. Let’s continue to effort and pray for them and the people they are serving.

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Back-to-School picnic!

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Back-to-School picnic pot-luck on Sunday the 28th of September!

An email with details and RSVP information will be sent out soon. If you are not yet receiving our emails, sign up by writing to icfdakar@gmail.com.

We hope to see you there!

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