Dear Education Leaders, Children’s Department Leaders, Sabbath School Teachers, Union or Field Presidents, and Parents,
In 2 Samuel 2:1, we read the following. “And it came to pass after this, that David inquired of the Lord, saying, Shall I go up into any of the cities of Judah? And the Lord said unto him, Go up. And David said, Whither shall I go up? And he said, Unto Hebron.”
Last year, the Corona Virus Pandemic swept around the world with lightning speed. As one country after another closed their borders and required citizens to stay home on lockdown, God pressed upon our hearts the need to provide biblical activities for our children and young people. Many families took up these challenges. It wasn’t long before our inboxes were filled with notes and pictures and letters of happy children using their talents to learn about God. The Hebron Challenge was born!
Although, by the grace of God, the pandemic is lessening, we would like to continue the Hebron Challenge in 2021. Like the city of refuge for which it was named, we pray that it will offer a safe haven of creativity for our children and youth, where they can learn about God through special activities.
The Hebron Challenge includes a variety of different projects to choose from for children and youth from ages 4 – 18. (Adults are also invited to participate!) Participants can complete one challenge, or they can complete them all. Here is how it works:
1) Register your child through the Google Form on our website. Registration opens on April 18, 2021.
2) A child or young person will read through the list of challenges and choose one. (Look for updates and new activities on our website.)
3) ALL requirements for that specific challenge must be completed and the finished project submitted to the local church’s education leader. (If the local church does not have an education leader, a Children’s Sabbath School teacher can be in charge.)
4) The Education Leader or appointed Children’s Sabbath School Teacher will give a certificate (this can be download- ed from www.imseducation.org/projects/ ) to the participant, take photos, and, if the parent agrees, post the photo(s) on social media using the hashtag #Hebronchallenge2021
5) We strongly encourage local churches to partner with us to support this project by providing motivational prizes along with the certificates for those in their church who work hard to complete multiple challenges:
a) One motivational prize for those who complete four challenges
b) A motivational prize of a little greater value for those who complete six challenges
c) A motivational prize of even more value for those who complete all eight of the challenges
6) Education leaders, Children’s Department leaders, Children’s Sabbath School teachers, and parents are encouraged to promote the Hebron Challenge by posting the announcement, as well as photos or video clips of completed projects on social media. When posting, please use the hashtag #HebronChallenge2021
7) Please join us in praying for this project and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit for our children and youth.
Our Hebron Sabbath is scheduled for July 17, 2021. Before submitting videos, please carefully read the video require- ments and check to make sure your video follows every single requirement. A separate Google Form that will be set up on our website specifically for video submissions.
Let us all come together now to help our children advance and grow as we near the Second Coming of Christ. Let us all pray that God will touch hearts and change lives. May we all be ready to meet Him soon! This is the hope and desire of the Education Department!
In His service,
Margie Holmstroem Seely
Director of the Education Department
The IMS Education department invites you to participate in the Hebron Challenge.
From May 2nd through July 2nd 2021.
Enrolment Date April 18th
Children and youth from the following age groups: 4 - 8, 8 - 12, 13 - 18
These challenges are offered in eight different areas:
1. Bring a friend
2. Vegetable Garden
5. Tell a Story
8. Bible memorization
Individually, with the family, or with the church (as specified by the challenge)
Register by completing this Google form
Children and teenagers can develop their creative talents, grow spiritually, and be challenged to use this time at home in a fun and useful way.
A Certificate from the IMS Education department will be issued for every challenge completed. special prizes should be given to those who are ambitious enough to complete all 8 of the challenges.
Available in 16 languages
More information on www.imseducation.org/projects