Genesis 50:19–20 "Joseph said, 'You tried to hurt me, but God used it for good."
Biblical Text: Genesis 37:1–36
On day one of CampOutrageous, your kids began learning about the life of Joseph. What we quickly learn is that while God loved Joseph, that does not mean his life was easy. His brothers were jealous of him and wanted to get rid of him. When his brothers decided to get rid of him, Joseph found himself in Egypt and learned he had to trust God more than ever.
Conversation Starter: Ask your child what comes to mind when they think of the word "family." Ask them to name the people in your family and what they like most about each one. Remind them that each person in your family is special and someone God loves very much—He has a plan and purpose for all of you. Take a moment to pray for each person in your family by name. Thank God that, even though life is hard sometimes, He is always there to walk with us.
Biblical Text: Genesis 40–41:36
On day two, your kids learned all about Joseph's time in prison while he was in Egypt. God had given Joseph a special gift of being able to understand dreams. Because of this special talent, Pharaoh let Joseph out of jail and gave him a special place in leadership. Joseph had spent a long time in jail, but no matter what Joseph went through, he knew God had a plan for his life. Even when we don't understand God's ways, we can always trust that He loves and cares for us.
Conversation Starter: Ask your child if there is something they feel like they are good at. Maybe a sport or playing an instrument, or maybe they're just really good at being nice to people! God gives us all special talents and gifts. Ask them how they might be able to use that special talent to tell other people about God. Take time to pray and thank God for the ways He gives us gifts that allow us to do His work.
Biblical Text: Genesis 41:37–57
On day three, your kids were taught about a time of famine (no food) that happened in Egypt during Joseph's life time. God spoke to Joseph and told him to store food away for seven years before the famine hit. Egypt survived the seven years of famine by living off the food Joseph had instructed them to store away. Because of the way God had prepared Joseph and spoke to him about His plans, Joseph was able to help the people during this difficult time.
Conversation Starter: On your next trip to the grocery store, ask your kids how much food they think they would have to buy in order to have food for seven years. Ask them what foods they would want to buy if they could only eat that one food for seven years straight. Remind them of how God provided for Joseph and everyone around him. Even though things around them were really bad, they always knew God cared for them and was going to bring them through the difficult times. Pray and thank God that He is always with us, no matter what happens in our lives.
Biblical Text: Genesis 42–45
On the final day of CampOutrageous, your kids learned about the importance of forgiveness. Joseph's brothers had put him through a lot. They didn't like him when he was younger, and when they sold him into slavery, he spent years on his own. He went to jail, he was forgotten, he lived through a famine, and it was years before he ever saw his family again. However, despite all this, he saw God's purpose and forgave his brothers for what they did. Because Joseph was willing to forgive them, he was able to save their lives and restore his relationship with them. Most importantly, your kids also learned about the forgiveness that is available to us through Jesus. Because He gave his life for us, we are forgiven of everything bad we have ever done.
Conversation Starter: Ask your kids if they have ever had to forgive anyone. If there was someone who ever really hurt their feelings or made them mad, ask them if it was easy or hard to forgive that person and how they felt after they forgave them. Remind them that there is nothing they could ever do that would keep Jesus from being able to forgive them and love them. Pray together and thank God for loving us so much.
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