In September, Jesus Our Savior Lutheran Outreach began Kidz Bible Adventure Hour (KBAH) for children ages 5 to 12 years old. Preschool teacher/director Sheryl Tietz and I offer an hour of fun that is centered on the saving Word of God, plus songs, snacks and a craft! We average about 18 children each week, with a high of 21. We began this outreach following the closing— prayerfully temporarily— of our elementary school to children in Kindergarten through 3rd grade. Unfortunately, we closed the school due to the inability to replace our former teacher who took a call. We took this opportunity to begin a new ministry to reach those we were unable to serve previously!
At present, we continue to offer two classes at Jesus Our Savior Lutheran Preschoolwith nine students attending: three in our morning class and six in our afternoon class. Our preschool is open Tuesday through Friday. The first class runs from 9-11:30 a.m., and the afternoon class is from 1-3:30 p.m.
The children learn our theme Bible verse in John 6:35: Jesus said, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me will never go hungry, and he who believes in Me will never be thirsty.” They also have been taught the Apostles’ Creed, Ten Commandments and the Lord’s Prayer (the last one in the Ho-Chunk/Winnebago language). They have learned several other Bible verses and a number of hymns. Our theme hymn is verse one of “Guide, me, O Thou Great Redeemer.”
Jesus Our Savior Lutheran Preschool was recognized by Winnebago Tribal Chairman John Blackhawk at a recent Winnebago Tribal Council with LCMS Nebraska District President Rev. Russ Sommerfeld and Mission Executive Rev. Rich Boring as having raised the bar by proving the children of our community can excel in academic education. In addition to this compliment, Louie LaRose, School Board Chairman, said we also teach the children about Jesus as their Savior.
To learn more about these programs at Jesus Our Savior Lutheran Outreach in Winnebago, NE, visit our website at jesusoursavior.org/outreach or call the Outreach Center at 402-878-2522.
Pastor Ricky Jacob, Jesus Our Savior Lutheran Outreach, an associate ministry of Lutheran Indian Ministries.
"I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me will never go hungry, and he who believes in Me will never be thirsty." (John 6:35)
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