I guess while the World Cup is on, many of our kids may be watching the results closely, particularly if their countries are competing.. or even if they are not. Both Moses (Uganda) and Kefa (Kenya) once asked me to pray for their rival countries to win in soccer! :o If you are writing to your Compassion child about their favourite sports, here are some ideas to get you started.
Just a note here about Bible verses. The KJV is without copyright, so I can paste to my heart’s content, however, some verses may be better in other versions. Simply click on the link to find other versions that you may prefer.
2 Chronicles 1:10 Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people: for who can judge this thy people, that is so great?
Joshua 1:9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee wherever you go.
Psalm 27:1 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
Psalm 28:7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoices; and with my song will I praise him.
Psalm 30:1 I will extol thee, O LORD; for you have lifted me up, and hast not made my foes to rejoice over me.
Psalm 62:2 He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defence; I shall not be greatly moved.
Psalm 88:9 LORD, I have called daily upon thee, I have stretched out my hands unto thee.
Psalm 115:1 Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth’s sake.
Psalm 118:6 The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?
Psalm 136:12 With a strong hand, and with a stretched out arm: for his mercy endures for ever.
Psalm 139:2 You know my sitting and my rising, you understand my thought afar off.
Psalm 144:1-2 Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teaches my hands to war, and my fingers to fight. My goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield, and he in whom I trust; who subdues my people under me.
Proverbs 2:8 He keeps the paths of judgement, and preserves the way of his saints
Proverbs 28:1 The wicked flee when no man pursues: but the righteous are bold as a lion.
Zechariah 4:6 Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, says the LORD of hosts.
Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
John 3:21 But he that does truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
Romans 9:17 Even for this same purpose have I raised you up, that I might show my power in you, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.
Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
1 Corinthians 9:24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receives the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.
1 Corinthians 10:31 Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, for as much as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
1 Corinthians 16:13 Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.
2 Corinthians 13:11 Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.
Ephesians 3:16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man
Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
Philippians 2:10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth
Philippians 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.
Colossians 1:11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness
Colossians 1:29 Where unto I also labour, striving according to his working, which works in me mightily.
Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
Colossians 3:23 And whatsoever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men.
1 Thessalonians 3:8 For now we live, if you stand fast in the Lord.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing.
1 Timothy 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, where unto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
2 Timothy 2:15 Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Hebrews 10:39 But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.
James 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
1 John 4:4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
DEVOTIONALS / POSTERS
FCA resources.com is a great site with heaps of resources designed by ~ and for ~ Christian athletes about courage, integrity, perseverance, etc ~ free printable Bible studies, devotionals, articles, posters, wallet cards, wallpaper. Fabulous for older boys and girls, like these: Pray like a champion today; Aim for Perfection.
Word Art Type in any Bible verse – e.g. whatever you do, do to the glory of God – in your child’s language into one of these cool word cloud generators; click a button and it will do creativity for you! Or type in your child’s name; their favourite sport (use their team’s colours); some sporting terms; or add some ‘good sport’ words or character words. e.g. courage, integrity, perseverance, honesty, self control, seek God, follow the pursuit of excellence…
SPORT ~ COLOURING PAGES / PUZZLES FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
Mother lode of sport colouring pages for boys heaps of sports and Olympics related colouring pages suitable even for older boys; free printable
Sport theme printables (Activity Village) colouring pages, puzzles, worksheets, booklets, bookmarks, learn to draw, writing paper, writing prompts, crafts; free printable
Soccer theme sponsor packet (ages 2-10) put together by Sonja for her Compassion child; free printable
Sports puzzles (Goodsearch)
Soccer ball shaped maze (pdf) free printable
Sports simple word search (Printable Treats) 10 words; free printable
Learn to draw cartoon sports free printable
Jazz up your colouring pages specifically for your child using their favourite sporting team colours; add a border, a title, a Bible verse and some clip art to make your colouring and puzzle pages unique and more interesting.
CERTIFICATES / TROPHIES / AWARD RIBBONS FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
Sports certificates, trophy certificates and award ribbons – soccer, golf, basketball, baseball, football, ice hockey, volleyball, swimming, tennis, lacrosse, gymnastics, track and field, netball, rugby, dance/ballet; free printable
Make your own sports certificate soccer, baseball, basketball, football templates – add your child’s photo
Blank medals, trophies, rosettes, awards, certificates (Activity Village) free printable
Trophy card adapt for any occasion requiring a trophy; remember to adapt so that it posts flat for your sponsored child; free printable
Trophy Gift Tags (Printable Treats) free printable
SPORT ~ CRAFTS / JUST FOR FUN FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
Sport items (Canon) megaphones, tiny cheering banners, 3D Soccer game; 3D Rugby game; 3D Basketball game; flags, money boxes, scrapbooking pages and photo frames (perfect for a verse like 1 Corinthians 10:31 – whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God); free printable
Soccer photo frame perfect for a verse like 1 Corinthians 10:31 ‘…whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.’ And if you like this one, you will find matching soccer party printables here and here; free printable
Soccer party printables with green and dark green stripes; free printable
Soccer jersey add your child’s name; free printable
Soccer – gift box free printable
Basketball – gift box free printable
Fun paper glasses to make and wear in your child’s team’s favourite colours; free printable
Sports cards to make with your child’s pictures on them
SPORT STATIONERY FOR KIDS ~ FREE PRINTABLE
Olympic letter template and letter ideas by Emily, another Compassion sponsor; free printable
25+ Sports stationery for kids (pageborders.org) baseball, basketball, bowling, chequered flag, fishing, football, golf, hockey, racing, roller skating, rugby, running, soccer, swimming, tennis, volleyball; free printable
Sports stationery for kids (Activity Village) lined and unlined; free printable
Sports lined stationery different sports balls on beige background; free printable
CREATIVE IDEAS – MAKE YOUR OWN:
Idea: add a favourite Bible verse to a sports photo or clip art and make your own:
Bible Poster or Bible Verse Card
Bible Bookmark – add your child’s name
Bible Note Cards
Bible Wallet Cards
Don’t forget to jazz up your envelopes if you are including any special treats like sports stickers. Sticker sheets are fine for your sponsored child.
And when you write to your Compassion child, don’t forget to tell them who created our fabulous bodies and muscle systems that all work brilliantly together so that we can play sports… :)
Warrior or Wimp? (King David vs King Saul) – FREE article and printables for kids Why is King David known as being a man after God’s own heart? Why did God reject King Saul as king? Like us, they were both great sinners. So what was the difference between them? And what can we learn from them?
Jonah ~ FREE colouring pages, puzzles, crafts and creative ideas for kids; plus a true story of a real life 20th Century Jonah!
Noah and his massive ocean-liner-sized ark FREE colouring pages, puzzles, crafts and creative ideas plus tons of information from scientists who take the Bible seriously.
Joshua – man of courage and brave warrior who took over the leadership after Moses; free colouring pages, puzzles, crafts and creative ideas
Joseph – man of integrity, leadership and wisdom; God used him to save a whole nation; the other patriarchs are also in this post – Abraham (man of faith), Isaac, Jacob.
Armour of God Free colouring pages, puzzles, crafts, posters, bookmarks and creative ideas
Bible Treasure theme ~ FREE colouring pages, puzzles, crafts and creative ideas for kids
The Secret of the Missing Scrolls ~ another fun theme specifically tailored for our boys that put them right in the middle of the adventure.
Bible Timeline of History show how the Bible dovetails into REAL history. Do our kids know that the Bible is actually THE HISTORY BOOK OF THE UNIVERSE? Regardless of how much sinful, fallible man tries to deny it. The Bible is banned in many, many countries. Why? NO ONE goes to jail for reading fairy tales… think about it!
Heaven (and how to get there) – free colouring pages, puzzles, crafts, creative ideas and vital information; make sure our kids don’t leave earth without it!
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