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Back to the Basics of Sharing the Gospel with Kids (Episode 28)

Back to the Basics of Sharing the Gospel with Kids (Episode 28)

January 25, 2022

Back to the Basics of Sharing the Gospel with Kids

Lee and Kori get back to the basics of sharing the gospel with children in this episode. It can seem awkward to talk to kids about the gospel and salvation because we’re afraid they won’t understand. But kids CAN make the decision at any age to accept Jesus as their Savior, and we’re here to help make it easy!

So, how do you begin the conversation about salvation with kids? We have a resource just for you! The CBA Cross is a very simple and effective way to communicate the salvation message with children. [Download it now.](https://bible2school.ac-page.com/welcome) Kori and Lee discuss how to use this resource and other practical ways to engage a child in the prayer that will change their life forever. 

It’s such a privilege that we can share the gospel with children — because after all, it’s the BEST NEWS ever. We are the experts in engaging children with the Word of God, and we want to equip you to do the same. So, don’t miss this important episode! Let’s go….

 

 

LEE NIENHUIS is an author and passionate Bible teacher. She is on the national speaking team for Moms in Prayer International and the Co-host of The Martha and Mary Show. Her books, Brave Moms, Brave Kids (2018) and Countercultural Parenting (2020), published by Harvest House, have helped countless parents gain a biblical perspective on parenting a godly and countercultural generation. Lee’s writing and speaking have been featured on Focus on the Family broadcast and magazine; True Woman; Proverbs 31, Hearts at Home, Iron Sharpens Iron conferences; GEMS Girls Clubs; and American Heritage Girls. Lee shares a dynamic vision for the next generation of Christ followers. Lee is an inductive Bible study teacher who leads a Bible training program for Women’s Ministry leaders in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. While she travels extensively, home is her favorite place to be.

Lee and her husband, Mike, have been married 22 years. They have four great kids and live at Grace Adventures, a Christian Camp and Conference Center in West Michigan where her husband serves as the Director of Facilities and Maintenance for three campuses. Mike and Lee have four great kids who make her need Jesus. Lee loves hot cups of coffee, laughing till her sides ache, and Jesus.

KORI PENNYPACKER has served with Bible2School since 2011. In her current position, Kori oversees the mission of Bible2School and Engagement by speaking to businesses, churches, and community leaders on the topic of the importance of spiritual training for elementary age children in our communities, especially those who are not able to attend church. She loves inviting people into the Bible2School Team as valued Members, Volunteers, and Donors.

Kori lives in Lititz with her husband, Blaine, and has three sons. She enjoys spending time with her family, playing tennis, and volunteering with her husband to mentor engaged couples at her church.

Resources For You:
John 3:16
CBA Cross
Other Helpful Resources 

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How to Have Hard Conversations with Kids, with Columbine Survivor Crystal Woodman Miller (Episode 27)

How to Have Hard Conversations with Kids, with Columbine Survivor Crystal Woodman Miller (Episode 27)

January 18, 2022

How to Have Hard Conversations with Kids, with Columbine Survivor Crystal Woodman Miller (Episode 27)

In this powerful episode, Crystal Woodman Miller describes her experience as a survivor of the Columbine school shooting when she was 16 years old. Crystal was in the library at the time of the shooting — the room where most of the violence occurred. She explains how she relied on God that day and the desperate prayers she prayed with her friends. She truly believes that prayer should be our first defense!

In the years that followed, the grief was suffocating, but Jesus kept her anchored. Today, Crystal categorizes herself as a “recovering fear addict” which is a daily reminder of how desperately she needs God. 

Crystal is now a mother, a speaker, an author, and an advocate for having difficult conversations with our kids. She believes that our job as parents is that we can frame these conversations so that our kids feel safe and that we can speak through the lens of Scripture and provide hope. 

Ready to be inspired by someone who has gone through immense tragedy and learn ways to approach difficult topics with your kids? Let’s go…

CRYSTAL WOODMAN MILLER is a young woman whose life was forever changed by the tragic events at Columbine High School in 1999—seven eternal minutes that served as the ultimate wake-up call. And in the aftermath of tragedy, Crystal found herself at a crossroad of fear and faith. 

The reason Crystal has chosen to speak and share her story is and always has been to share a message of Hope.  The common thread woven throughout the fabric of humanity is our shared experience in suffering and hardship.  Regardless of race, religion, gender, or geographic location, no one is immune to the difficulties of this life.  Therefore, Crystal shares candidly of her own journey of hardship, faith and hope so that it may encourage others in the challenges they face. Crystal also speaks in effort to prevent school violence and to help those who, unfortunately have already been impacted by it. 

Resources For You:
Hebrews 6:19
Hebrews 12:28
Habakkuk 3
A Kids Book About School Shootings
Marked for Life: Choosing Hope and Discovering Purpose After Earth-Shattering Tragedy
https://www.crystalwoodmanmiller.com/

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How to Become a Great Disciple Maker to the Children in Your Life with Don MacLafferty (Episode 26)

How to Become a Great Disciple Maker to the Children in Your Life with Don MacLafferty (Episode 26)

January 11, 2022

How to Become a Great Disciple Maker to the Children in Your Life with Don MacLafferty (Episode 26)

Don MacLafferty, Founder & President of In Discipleship, unpacks the importance of being a great disciple maker to the children in our lives. He also offers a few effective ways to disciple kids that can be simple for anyone! He believes that discipleship is all about relationships and that we must come alongside children in their faith journey.

Ready to learn some tips on how to become a great disciple maker? Let’s go…

 

DON MACLAFFERTY is a disciple of Jesus Christ, a husband to April for 31 years, a dad to Jason, Julie and Jessica and Founder/President of In Discipleship.  

In 2002, God moved the hearts of Don and April to launch Kids In Discipleship—a ministry to call parents back to discipling their own kids to Christ and to find their God-given dream in serving others. Today this ministry is named In Discipleship and disciples young and old to have a daily revival with Jesus in His Word and to disciple the new generations through a partnership of the home, school, and church. Don has launched this ministry in 34 countries.

 

Resources For You:
Deuteronomy 6 
Malachi 4
Visit InDiscipleship.org for free, downloadable resources 

 

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Praises from 2021 and Prayers for 2022 with Lee Nienhuis and Kori Pennypacker (Episode 25)

Praises from 2021 and Prayers for 2022 with Lee Nienhuis and Kori Pennypacker (Episode 25)

January 4, 2022

Happy New Year! Co-hosts Lee Nienhuis & Kori Pennypacker are back together for this special podcast episode where we review 2021 and look ahead to 2022. At Bible2School, we are dreaming new dreams together for this year and we continue to be blown away by the growth that God is bringing. A new year brings new possibilities, and we can’t wait to see what God has planned!

Some of the highlights from 2021 include:
- Over 1,000 kids are now registered for a Bible2School program. Almost 60% of these kids have no church home.
- We have seen a 50% growth within our program, despite COVID-19. Wow, God is good!

Ready to hear more? Listen to this episode to hear more praises from the past year, special Godstories, how to get involved, and learn how you can pray for us in 2022. Let’s go…

LEE NIENHUIS is an author and passionate Bible teacher. She is on the national speaking team for Moms in Prayer International and the Co-host of The Martha and Mary Show. Her books, Brave Moms, Brave Kids (2018) and Countercultural Parenting (2020), published by Harvest House, have helped countless parents gain a biblical perspective on parenting a godly and countercultural generation. Lee’s writing and speaking have been featured on Focus on the Family broadcast and magazine; True Woman; Proverbs 31, Hearts at Home, Iron Sharpens Iron conferences; GEMS Girls Clubs; and American Heritage Girls. Lee shares a dynamic vision for the next generation of Christ followers. Lee is an inductive Bible study teacher who leads a Bible training program for Women’s Ministry leaders in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. While she travels extensively, home is her favorite place to be.

Lee and her husband, Mike, have been married 22 years. They have four great kids and live at Grace Adventures, a Christian Camp and Conference Center in West Michigan where her husband serves as the Director of Facilities and Maintenance for three campuses. Mike and Lee have four great kids who make her need Jesus. Lee loves hot cups of coffee, laughing till her sides ache, and Jesus.

KORI PENNYPACKER has served with Bible2School since 2011. In her current position, Kori oversees the mission of Bible2School and Engagement by speaking to businesses, churches, and community leaders on the topic of the importance of spiritual training for elementary age children in our communities, especially those who are not able to attend church. She loves inviting people into the Bible2School Team as valued Members, Volunteers, and Donors.

Kori lives in Lititz with her husband, Blaine, and has three sons. She enjoys spending time with her family, playing tennis, and volunteering with her husband to mentor engaged couples at her church.

Resources For You:
CBA Cross Resource
• Kori on Facebook and Instagram
• Lee on Facebook and Instagram

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Spotlighting Jesus at Christmas with Carol Rabold (Episode 24)

Spotlighting Jesus at Christmas with Carol Rabold (Episode 24)

December 14, 2021

Merry Christmas! Let's put the spotlight on the best gift of all - Jesus!  Carol Rabold, an experienced Bible2School teacher and leader, is ready to share some practical ways to help our children put Jesus first this season. 

Ready for a gift of fun and practical Christmas ideas? Let's go....

CAROL RABOLD is a Program Director with Bible2School.  Carol has been involved in children's ministry for over 27 years: teaching, organizing and training other children's ministry workers in Lancaster City, Lancaster PA.

Carol and her husband, Alec, have 5 children and one granddaughter.  They also have huge hearts for fostering children.  When asked what Carol loves about Bible2School, she replied, "I love the kids, their questions, their excitement and sharing Jesus' love with them."  Carol loves Jesus, spending time with her kids & granddaughter, the outdoors and reading.

Resources For You:
What God wants for Christmas

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Building Positive Peer Relationships with Ben Vander Kodde (Episode 23)

Building Positive Peer Relationships with Ben Vander Kodde (Episode 23)

December 7, 2021

We all know it's important for our kids to feel valued in their schools and groups. Have you ever considered that our kids can be influential in creating a culture of value?  Our guest today, Ben Vander Kodde, has been helping children in public schools do just that through positive peer relationships.

Ready to learn how to equip our children to create a culture of value in their schools?  Let's go....

BEN VANDER KODDE has worked at Grace Adventures in Silver Lake, MI since 2000.  As program director for 10 of those years, he ran youth camps, family camps, adult retreats and youth retreats.  Now he speaks, trains, facilitates and coaches both on Grace's campus and wherever God leads.  He loves to learn from God's Word and share with others. He and his wife Laura have 4 kids.  
 
Resources for you:
Grace Adventures
Learn more about Positive Peer Relationships
Value Cluster Visual
James 1:5
I Samuel 16:7 

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How Science Helps Kids Understand God’s Creation with Dr. Jennifer Rivera (Episode 22)

How Science Helps Kids Understand God’s Creation with Dr. Jennifer Rivera (Episode 22)

November 30, 2021

Do your children ever wonder how science helps us explain and understand  God's creation?  Our guest today, Jennifer Hall Rivera, is a science educator at Answers in Genesis.  You won't want to miss her insights on connecting the historical account of Genesis to the science we're observing and studying today!

Ready to learn some tips on talking with children about the science of Genesis? Let's go....

JENNIFER HALL RIVERA serves as Education Content Administrator for Answers in Genesis and is a forensic science educator, speaker, and author.  She presents daily and develops top notch educational programs. Her experience in the field of forensic science includes employment in a crime scene unit, over a decade of teaching, journal publications, and numerous speaking events.

Resources For You:
Answers in Genesis
The Work of Your Hand
Articles by Jennifer
AiG Educational Programs
Connect with Jennifer Hall Rivera on Facebook
Connect with Ken Ham, Founder of Answers in Genesis, on Facebook

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5 Ways to Explore Gratefulness with Kids with Kori Pennypacker and Lee Nienhuis (Episode 21)

5 Ways to Explore Gratefulness with Kids with Kori Pennypacker and Lee Nienhuis (Episode 21)

November 23, 2021

It's time to celebrate Thanksgiving, and we are thankful for you, faithful listeners!  Today Kori and Lee uncover examples of thankfulness found in the Bible and share 5 ways to teach our kids about gratitude.

Ready to help your kids overflow with thankfulness? Let's go....

KORI PENNYPACKER has served with Bible2School since 2011. In her current position, Kori oversees the mission of Bible2School and Engagement by speaking to businesses, churches, and community leaders on the topic of the importance of spiritual training for elementary age children in our communities, especially those who are not able to attend church.  She loves inviting people into the Bible2School Team as valued Members, Volunteers, and Donors.

Kori lives in Lititz with her husband, Blaine, and has three sons.  She enjoys spending time with her family, playing tennis, and volunteering with her husband to mentor engaged couples at her church.

LEE NIENHUIS is an author and passionate Bible teacher. She is on the national speaking team for Moms in Prayer International and the Co-host of The Martha and Mary Show. Her books, Brave Moms, Brave Kids (2018) and Countercultural Parenting (2020), published by Harvest House, have helped countless parents gain a biblical perspective on parenting a godly and countercultural generation. Lee’s writing and speaking have been featured on Focus on the Family broadcast and magazine; True Woman; Proverbs 31, Hearts at Home, Iron Sharpens Iron conferences; GEMS Girls Clubs; and American Heritage Girls. Lee shares a dynamic vision for the next generation of Christ followers. Lee is an inductive Bible study teacher who leads a Bible training program for Women’s Ministry leaders in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti. While she travels extensively, home is her favorite place to be.

Lee and her husband, Mike, have been married 22 years. They have four great kids and live at Grace Adventures, a Christian Camp and Conference Center in West Michigan where her husband serves as the Director of Facilities and Maintenance for three campuses. Mike and Lee have four great kids who make her need Jesus. Lee loves hot cups of coffee, laughing till her sides ache, and Jesus.

Resources for you:
Psalm 23
Jesus cleanses ten lepers

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How do you know the Bible is true? with Mike Lutz (Episode 20)

How do you know the Bible is true? with Mike Lutz (Episode 20)

November 16, 2021

Have you ever had a child ask you, "How do you know the Bible is true?"  Our friend, Mike Lutz, is passionate about teaching the Scriptures and is going to help us answer that question.

Ready to soak up some tips and perspective from Mike? Let's go....

Mike earned a BS in Commerce from Rider University and a Master of Ministry from Grace Theological Seminary. He retired in 2015 after a forty-five-year career as a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Financial Planner in financial services and wealth management.

Mike committed his life to following the Lord Jesus Christ in 1976. Since then, he has served the local church in a variety of capacities, but his heart has always been in personal evangelism and teaching the Scriptures. His goal has been to emulate Ezra, the priest and scribe of Israel, who set his heart to study
the Law (Word) of God, to practice it, and to teach others also (Ezra 7:10).

Mike resides with his wife of nearly forty-nine years, Brenda, in Lititz, PA. They are the proud parents of two daughters (Jen Zepp and Erin Martin) and grandparents of two young men (Hunter and Chase Zepp).

Resources:
The Mathematical Probability That Jesus is the Christ
1 Peter 3
Young Life
Deuteronomy 6

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Mental & Spiritual Health for Children with Michelle Nietert (Episode 19)

Mental & Spiritual Health for Children with Michelle Nietert (Episode 19)

November 9, 2021

Are you curious how mental and spiritual health go hand in hand and impact a child?  Today's guest, Michelle Nietert, has over 20 years experience as a professional counselor with children and is sharing her incredible knowledge and experiences with us!

Ready to be encouraged and learn from Michelle? Let's go....

MICHELLE NIETERT is a professional counselor for over 20 years, well versed in equipping people to manage difficult emotions and speaks often about boundaries, self-control, anger, sadness, and stress. She leads a team of over 15 counselors as the Clinical Director and Founder of Community Counseling Associates.  She has authored the book Loved and Cherished and hosts the Raising Mentally Healthy Kids podcast.
 
Michelle is the mom of two school-aged children and believes that parenting is one of her highest current callings.  She is passionate about discipling them as well as equipping them to not only be successful in their endeavors but to also become great people of character who love God.  Michelle and her husband Drew have been married for almost two decades and reside in Texas. 

Resources For You:
Your Mental Health Coach, Michelle Nietert
Find Michelle on Facebook
Community Counseling Associates
Community Counseling on Facebook
Cooperative Co-parenting and Mediation Services
Loved and Cherished
Raising Mentally Healthy Kids Podcast
Jeremiah 29:11
Proverbs 13:12
Isaiah 40:31

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