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Everything was created by him, everything in heaven and on earth, everything seen and unseen, including all forces and powers, and all rulers and authorities. All things were created by God’s Son, and everything was made for him. Colossians 1:16

Table of Contents Chapter 1 Sin & Sickness.............................................. Page 2 Chapter 2 Protecting Your Body...................................... Page 6 Chapter 3 Making Good Choices................................... Page 11 Chapter 4 Healthy Living............................................. Page 17 Chapter 5 Staying Healthy........................................... Page 21 Chapter 6 Sharing What I’ve Learned............................... Page 25 Living for Jesus........................................... Page 29 If you are already wise, you will become even wiser. And if you are smart, you will learn to understand. Proverbs 1:5 English Book of Hope: Hygiene Matters Upper Primary (HMUP) ISBN 978-1-59480-676-6 Copyright © 2011 by OneHope, 600 SW Third Street, Pompano, FL USA 33060. Developed in cooperation with Hope Educational Foundation.

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Scriptures used in this publication are taken from the HOLY BIBLE, Contemporary English Version (CEV), and prepared in a Bible story format, Copyright © 1995 by the American Bible Society. Used by permission. Text quoted directly from the Bible is in blue.

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I praise you because of the wonderful way you created me‌ Psalm 139:14

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This is your very own Book of Hope. It will help you learn about God, his Son (Jesus) and you. This book will also teach you how to stay healthy. God has a special plan for your life. He wants you to follow him. He also wants you to be healthy. Keep this book. Read it often. It will remind you about God and how much he loves you. It will also remind you how to stay well. Draw a picture of yourself in the space below.

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Chapter 1 Sin & Sickness In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Then God put these lights in the sky to shine on the earth, to rule day and night, and to separate light from darkness. God looked at what he had done, and it was good. God said, “I command the ocean to be full of living creatures, and I command birds to fly above the earth.” God said, “I command the earth to give life to all kinds of tame animals, wild animals, and reptiles.” Then he looked at what he had done, and it was good. God said, “Now we will make humans, and they will be like us. We will let them rule the fish, the birds, and all other living creatures.” So God created humans to be like himself; he made men and women. God gave them his blessing…

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The Lord God put the man in the Garden of Eden to take care of it and to look after it. But the Lord told him, “You may eat fruit from any tree in the garden, except the one that has the power to let you know the difference between right and wrong.” Genesis 1:1, 1:17, 1:20, 1:24-28, 2:15-17

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The snake was sneakier than any of the other wild animals that the Lord God had made. One day it came to the woman and asked, “Did God tell you not to eat fruit from any tree in the garden?” The woman answered, “God told us not to eat fruit from that tree or even to touch it. If we do, we will die.” “No, you won’t!” the snake replied. The woman stared at the fruit. It looked beautiful and tasty. She wanted the wisdom that it would give her, and she ate some of the fruit. Her husband was there with her, so she gave some to him, and he ate it too. The Lord called out to the man and asked, “Where are you?” The man answered, “… I was frightened and hid!” God asked, “Did you eat any fruit from that tree in the middle of the garden?” “It was the woman you put here with me,” the man said. “She gave me some of the fruit, and I ate it.” The Lord God then asked the woman, “What have you done?” “The snake tricked me,” she answered. “And I ate some of that fruit.” The Lord said, “These people now know the difference between right and wrong… But they must not be allowed to eat fruit from the tree that lets them live forever.” So the Lord God sent them out of the Garden of Eden. Genesis 3:1-4, 3:6, 3:9-13, 3:22-23

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Hope and Hygiene: …The Lord your God chose you to be his own. You belong to the Lord… Deuteronomy 14:2

You are made in the image of God. He made you special. There is no other person on earth just like you! But we all suffer from a very real problem. This problem is sin. All of us have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. Romans 3:23

Sin is anything we say or do that does not please God. When Adam and Eve sinned, the special relationship they had with God was broken. Sin separates us from God. It also impacts the world around us. The beautiful world God created is no longer perfect. There’s pain and sickness. But God loves us. He has a plan to make all things better! God says, “I will point out the road that you should follow. I will be your teacher and watch over you.” Psalm 32:8

God wants us to be healthy. He created ways for us to stay healthy. This book will help you learn how to stay healthy by keeping your body clean.

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Intestinal Worms Make Us Sick Did you know there are different kinds of worms? Some are good and some are bad. The bad type of worms can make you sick. They can live in your intestines* and steal the nutrients* from your food. They can make you feel tired. They can make it hard for you to learn at school. The worms might also make your body grow more slowly. You can have worms inside you and not even know it. Some children who have worms get a stomachache or diarrhea. But other children with worms may feel fine. Even if you don’t feel sick, you might have worms. They could be stealing the important nutrients that your body needs! But where do worms come from? In the next chapter, you will learn how worms can get inside your body.

* Your intestines are like a long tunnel inside your body. Food goes into your intestines after it is in your stomach. Your intestines help you digest food. Worms can live in your intestines. * Nutrients are the good things in food that help your body grow and fight sickness.

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Chapter 2 Protecting Your Body God often uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things. God used a man named Moses to help free the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt. Moses also spoke to God on behalf of his people. Moses met with God on Mount Sinai and there He gave Moses the 10 Commandments. Because God loves us, he provided us with rules or laws that can help protect us and our bodies from harm. The Lord said: I have seen how my people are suffering as slaves in Egypt, and I have heard them beg for my help because of the way they are being mistreated. I feel sorry for them, and I have come down to rescue them from the Egyptians. I will bring my people out of Egypt into a country where there is good land, rich with milk and honey. In Egypt and at the Red Sea and in the desert, Moses rescued the people by working miracles and wonders. Two months after leaving Egypt, they arrived at the desert near Mount Sinai, where they set up camp at the foot of the mountain. Moses went up the mountain to meet with the Lord God, who told him to say to the people: 
You saw what I did in Egypt, and you know how I brought you here to me, just as a mighty eagle carries its young. Now if you will faithfully obey me, you will be my very own people. The whole world is mine, but you will be my holy nation and serve me as priests. Moses, that is what you must tell the Israelites.
After Moses went back, he reported to the leaders what the Lord had said, and they promised, “We will do everything the Lord has commanded.” So Moses told the Lord about this. The Lord said to Moses, “Come up on the mountain and stay here for a while. I will give you the two flat stones on which I have written the laws that my people must obey.”


Exodus 3:7-8, Acts 7:36, Exodus 19:2-8, Exodus 24:12

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God said to the people of Israel: I am the Lord your God, the one who brought you out of Egypt where you were slaves. 1. 1 Do not worship any god except me.

belongs to me, your God. No one is to work on that day.

2. 2 Do not make idols that look like anything in the sky or on earth or in the ocean under the earth. Don’t bow down and worship idols. I am the Lord your God.

55. Respect your father and

3 Do not misuse my name. I 3. am the Lord your God, and I will punish anyone who misuses my name.

77. Be faithful in marriage.

4. 4 Remember that the Sabbath Day belongs to me. You have six days when you can do your work, but the seventh day of each week

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your mother, and you will live a long time in the land I am giving you.

66. Do not murder. 88. Do not steal. 99. Do not tell lies about others. 0. Do not want to take 10

anything that belongs to someone else.

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Hope and Hygiene: God rescued his people from slavery in Egypt. He provided them with food and water. And he gave them rules to follow. These rules are called the Ten Commandments. The Lord is your God, so you must always love him and obey his laws and teachings. Deuteronomy 11:1

God wanted his people to obey his laws. He gave the people rules because he loved them. He wanted them to know what was right and wrong. He gave them rules to keep them safe. The Lord your God commands you to love him and to serve him with all your heart and soul. If you obey him, he will send rain at the right seasons, so you will have more than enough food and there will be plenty of grass for your cattle. Deuteronomy 11:13, 14a,15

God said he would bless his people if they followed his rules. And he did. God still wants us to obey the Ten Commandments. He also wants us to love and obey him. There are also rules that will help us stay healthy. Rules for good hygiene can help keep us well. Good hygiene can help protect you from getting worms.

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Where Do Worms Come From? You aren’t born with worms in your body. They have to come from somewhere. Worms come from worm eggs that live in the dirt. But where do worm eggs come from? To find out, look at the Worm Cycle!


Worms grow Inside us, the little worms grow into big worms. They eat the nutrients our bodies need.


Child with worms This child has worms. The worms live in his intestines.


The Worm Cycle


Healthy children get worms from worm eggs Worm eggs can Other eggs get on our hands hatch into tiny or on our food. If worms that live we accidentally in the dirt. These swallow them, worms can go they hatch into into our feet if worms inside our we walk outside bodies. without shoes.


Poop with worm eggs When someone who has worms poops, the poop has worm eggs in it. The eggs are so small you can’t see them.

Dirt with worm eggs If the person with worms poops outside, the worm eggs go into the dirt.

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How do children get worms?








Imagine a tiny speck of dust. The eggs of the worms can be even smaller than that! Since they are so small, it’s easy for them to get inside our bodies. Worms and worm eggs live in the dirt. So we can get worms by getting dirty! We can come into contact with dirt, worms, and worm eggs in in several ways:

1 Dirty hands can have worm eggs on them. Even our

own hands can have worm eggs! If we eat food that has been touched by unclean hands, we can get worms.

2 Flies and other animals may have dirt and worm eggs

on them. They can leave worm eggs on anything they touch. They can even leave them on our food.

3 Worms can also get into our bodies through our skin. 4 5


We can get worms by walking barefoot outside or playing on the ground.

Dirt with worms or worms eggs can get into wells and other water sources. It can also get into the containers we use to carry and store water. People sometimes use human poop (also known as “nightsoil”) to fertilize crops. This should NEVER be done because poop can have worm eggs in it.

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Chapter 3 Making Good Choices This is the good news about Jesus, the Son of God. God sent the angel Gabriel to the town of Nazareth in Galilee with a message for a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to Joseph. The angel told Mary, “Don’t be afraid! God is pleased with you, and you will have a son. His name will be Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of God.” Mary asked the angel, “How can this happen? I am not married!” The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come down to you, and God’s power will come over you. So your child will be called the holy Son of God. Nothing is impossible for God!” Mary said, “I am the Lord’s servant! Let it happen as you have said.” And the angel left her. An angel from the Lord came to Joseph in a dream. The angel said, “Joseph, the baby that Mary will have is from the Holy Spirit. Go ahead and marry her. Then after her baby is born, name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” Joseph and Mary were soon married, just as the Lord’s angel had told him to do. But they did not sleep together before her baby was born. Mary traveled with him to Bethlehem. While they were there, she gave birth to her first-born son. She dressed him and laid him on a bed of hay, because there was no room for them in the inn. Mark 1:1, Luke 1:26-35, Matthew 1:20-21, 1:24-25, Luke 2:5

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That night in the fields near Bethlehem some shepherds were guarding their sheep. All at once an angel came down to them from the Lord, and the brightness of the Lord’s glory flashed around them. The shepherds were frightened. But the angel said, “Don’t be afraid! I have good news for you which will make everyone happy. This very day a Savior was born for you. He is Christ the Lord. You will know who he is, because you will find him dressed in baby clothes and lying on a bed of hay.” Suddenly many other angels came down from heaven and joined in praising God. They said: “Praise God in heaven! Peace on earth to everyone who pleases God.” The shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see what the Lord has told us about.” They hurried off and found the baby lying on a bed of hay.

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When the shepherds saw Jesus, they told his parents what the angel had said about him. Everything they had seen and heard was just as the angel had said. Luke 2:8-20

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Hope and Hygiene: There is only one God, and Christ Jesus is the only one who can bring us to God. Jesus was truly human, and he gave himself to rescue all of us. 1 Timothy 2:5

God is perfect and holy. He does not want to punish us for our sins. But he is also just. So he must punish sin. Sin broke our relationship with God. But God had a plan. He would send someone to take the punishment for ours sins. You know that Christ came to take away sins. He isn’t sinful. 1 John 3:5

He sent his son, Jesus, to take the punishment. Jesus never sinned. He lived a perfect life. He could take the punishment for our sins. In the past you were dead because you sinned‌ But God was merciful! God loved us so much that he made us alive with Christ. God raised us from death to life with Christ Jesus, and he has given us a place beside Christ in heaven. God did this so that in the future world he could show how truly good and kind he is to us because of what Christ Jesus has done. Ephesians 2:1, 2:4-7

Without Jesus, our spirit is sick because of sin. But Jesus can heal our relationship with God. He can make our spirit well again. Our bodies can also become sick and in need of healing. Worms can get into our bodies. They can make us weak. But there is good news! You can help protect yourself from worms!

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How can you protect yourself from getting worms? Do you remember the two ways worms get into our bodies? 1. 1 Worm eggs usually get into our bodies through our mouths. This happens when we put dirty fingers, dirty toys, or unclean food or water into our mouths. 2. 2 Worms can also get into our bodies through our skin. This happens when we walk outside without shoes. Good choices can help you not get worms. Here are some things you can do.

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Keeping Your Community Clean How can you help take care of your community? Always use the latrine! Never poop on the ground. You never know if you have worm eggs in your poop. When you use a latrine, it traps your poop - and those nasty worm eggs! That way, the worm eggs can’t make anyone else sick. Help keep your community clean! Help people stay healthy and safe from worms! Keep YOUR BODY Clean • Wash your hands before eating and after using the latrine. • Keep your fingers and objects out of your mouth. • Wear shoes or sandals, especially to the latrine. Keep YOUR FOOD Clean • Wash fruits and vegetables with clean water before eating them. • Wash your hands carefully before preparing food. • Keep flies and other animals away from food. • Don’t use human feces (nightsoil) as fertilizer in the garden. Keep YOUR WATER Clean • Only use clean containers to carry and store water. • Never put fingers or dirty objects inside water containers. • Keep the bucket and rope used to draw water from a well off the ground. Hang them up.

Keep YOUR ENVIRONMENT Clean • Always use a latrine. Don’t defecate on the ground. • Encourage friends and family to use a latrine also. • Help keep the area inside and outside the latrine clean.

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Good Hygiene Hygiene* is how we take care of ourselves. Good hygiene helps keep us healthy. Who can do the best job of this? YOU! You can make choices that will lead to good health. You can protect yourself from worms.

Look at the pictures below. What is each person doing to keep themselves clean and healthy?

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* Hygiene means keeping your body clean on the inside and outside. Good hygiene helps keep you healthy.

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Chapter 4 Healthy Living Jesus went all over Galilee, teaching the good news about God’s kingdom. People with every kind of sickness or disease were brought to him. Some of them had a lot of demons in them, others were thought to be crazy and still others could not walk. But Jesus healed them all. A man named Nicodemus went to Jesus and said. “Sir, we know that God has sent You to teach us. You could not work these miracles, unless God were with you.” A man came and kneeled down in front of Jesus. His name was Jairus. He begged Jesus to come to his home because his twelve-year-old child was dying. She was his only daughter. While Jesus was on his way, someone came from Jairus’ home and said, “Your daughter has died!” When Jesus heard this, he told Jairus, “Don’t worry! Have faith, and your daughter will get well.” Jesus went into the house. He took hold of the girl’s hand and said, “Child, get up!” She came to life and got right up. Jesus told them to give her something to eat. Her parents were surprised. Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s go to a place where we can get some rest.” But many people saw them leave and figured out where they were going. So people ran on ahead and got there first. When Jesus saw the large crowd, he felt sorry for the people. He started teaching them many things. That evening the disciples said, “This place is like a desert, and it is already late. Let the crowds leave, so they can buy something to eat.” Matthew 4:23, John 3:1, Luke 8:41-43, 8:49-56, Mark 6:30-35

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Jesus replied, “How much bread do you have? Go and see!” One of the disciples said, “There is a boy here who has five small loaves of bread and two fish. But what good is that with all these people?” About five thousand men were in the crowd. Jesus took the bread in his hands and gave thanks to God. Then he passed the bread to the people. He did the same with the fish, until everyone had plenty to eat. Jesus told his disciples to gather up the leftovers, so that nothing was wasted. They filled twelve large baskets with what was left over. Some people brought their children to Jesus. But His disciples told the people to stop bothering Him. When Jesus saw this, He became angry and said, “Let the children come to Me! Don’t try to stop them. I promise you that you cannot get into God’s kingdom unless you accept it the way a child does.”


Then Jesus took the children in His arms and blessed them. Mark 6:38, John 6:8-9, Luke 9:14, John 6:11-13, Mark 10:13-16

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Hope and Hygiene:

He [Jesus] healed everyone who was sick. God’s promise came true, just as the prophet Isaiah had said, “He healed our diseases and made us well.” Matthew 8:16b, 17

While he lived on earth, Jesus performed many miracles. He showed God’s love to the people around him. He brought Jairus’ daughter back to life. He made blind people see. He made deaf people hear. He made lame people walk. He cast demons out of those who were possessed. And he gave food to hungry people. I praise you because of the wonderful way you created me. Everything you do is marvelous! Of this I have no doubt. Psalm 139:14 God created our bodies. He knows exactly how they work. He gave our bodies ways to fight sickness. Often when we are sick, our bodies get better on their own.

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What should you do if you have worms? God also gives wisdom to doctors. They can give us medicine to help our bodies fight sickness. There is a special type of medicine that fights worms. It is a small pill that gets rid of the worms in our bodies. It is a pill that is easy to take.

It gets rid of the worms in your body.

You can get this pill at your school’s Deworming Day or at a health center. It can be chewed up or swallowed whole. The pill will make you better. But it will not keep you from getting worms again. Only you can do that by making good choices. You can have good hygiene. You can stay healthy and well. Good personal hygiene includes: To stay healthy, you have to protect yourself by making good choices!


• Help wash fruits and vegetables with clean water before eating them. • Wash your hands carefully before preparing food. • Keep flies and other animals away from food.

A Healthy You! A CLEAN BODY


• Wash your hands with clean water and soap before eating and after using the latrine. • Keep your nails short. • Don’t go barefoot outside. • Wear shoes or sandals.

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CLEAN ENVIRONMENT • Only use the latrine to go to the bathroom. • Help your parents keep the latrine clean.

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Chapter 5 Staying Healthy Many of the people saw the things that Jesus did, and they put their faith in him. Others went to the Pharisees and told what Jesus had done. Then the chief priests and the Pharisees called the council together and said, “What should we do? This man is working a lot of miracles. If we don’t stop him now, everyone will put their faith in him.” Then Satan entered the heart of Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve disciples. They [religious leaders] paid Judas thirty silver coins, and from then on he started looking for a good chance to betray Jesus. Jesus already knew everything that was going to happen. Judas had told them [the soldiers] ahead of time, “Arrest the man I greet with a kiss.” The men grabbed Jesus and arrested Him. All of Jesus’ disciples left him and ran away. John 11:45-48, Luke 22:3, Matthew 26:15-16, John 18:3, Matthew 26:48, Mark 14:46, Matthew 26:56

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When the soldiers came to the place called “The Skull,” they nailed Jesus to a cross. They also nailed the two criminals to crosses, one on each side of Jesus. Jesus said,” Father, forgive these people! They don’t know what they’re doing.” Jesus knew that he had now finished his work. Jesus shouted, “Father, I put Myself in Your hands!” Then He died. At once the earth shook, and rocks split apart. The officer and the soldiers guarding Jesus felt the earthquake and saw everything else that happened. They were frightened and said, “This man really was God’s Son!” That evening a rich disciple named Joseph went and asked for Jesus’ body. Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth. Then Joseph put the body in his own tomb that had been cut into solid rock and had never been used. He rolled a big stone against the entrance to the tomb and went away. Very early on Sunday morning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. Suddenly a strong earthquake struck, and the Lord’s angel came down from heaven. He rolled away the stone and sat on it. The angel looked as bright as lightening. The angel said to the women, “Don’t be afraid! I know you are looking for Jesus, who was nailed to a cross. He is not here! God has raised Him to life.”


Luke 23:33-35, John 19:28, Luke 23:46, Matthew 27:51, 27:54, 27:57-60, Mark 16:1-2, Matthew 28:2-3, 28:5-6

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Hope and Hygiene: Remember the problem of sin? It separated us from God. But God had a plan. But that plan could only happen if Jesus died. God loved the people of this world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who has faith in him will have eternal life and never really die. John 3:16

When we sin, we’re separated from God. God is holy and just. So he cannot stand our sin. The only way to get rid of sin is if somebody dies as punishment. Jesus did that. He died on the cross. He took the punishment we deserve. Because of Jesus’ death, we can have our sins taken away. You were saved by faith in God, who treats us much better than we deserve. This is God’s gift to you, and not anything you have done on your own. It isn’t something you have earned, so there is nothing you can brag about. Ephesians 2:8-9

No one can save themselves. Everyone should be punished for their sin. But Jesus took the punishment. He gives us forgiveness. And he gives it freely. Only Jesus has the power to save! His name is the only one in all the world that can save anyone. Acts 4:12

Jesus is the only cure for our sin problem. He willingly gave up his life for us. He offers us his gift of salvation. Will you choose to follow him? This is the most important decision you’ll ever make.

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Bad choices can make us sick. Good choices can help us stay healthy. They can prevent us from getting worms. The pill you will take can get rid of the worms in your body right now. But it cannot protect you from worms in the future. Only you can do that by having good hygiene. Share what you have learned with your friends and family. Without worms, you may have more energy. Your bodies may grow stronger. You might even be able to learn better in school. ands

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Chapter 6 Sharing What I’ve Learned While Jesus’ disciples were talking about what had happened, Jesus appeared and greeted them. They were frightened and terrified because they thought they were seeing a ghost. He scolded them because they were too stubborn to believe the ones who had seen him after he had been raised to life. But Jesus said, “Why are you so frightened? Why do you doubt? Look at my hands and my feet and see who I am! Touch me and find out for yourselves. Ghosts don’t have flesh and bones as you see I have.” After Jesus said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. The disciples were so glad and amazed that they could not believe it. Jesus then asked them, “Do you have something to eat?” They gave him a piece of baked fish. He took it and ate it as they watched. When the disciples saw the Lord, they became very happy. After Jesus had greeted them again, he said, “I am sending you, just as the Father has sent me.” Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, they will be forgiven. But if you don’t forgive their sins, they will not be forgiven.” Luke 24:36-40, John 20:20-23

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Jesus’ eleven disciples went to a mountain in Galilee, where Jesus had told them to meet him. They saw him and worshiped him, but some of them doubted. Jesus came to them and said: “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth! Go to the people of all nations and make them my disciples. Baptize them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and teach them to do everything I have told you. “Anyone who believes me and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe me will be condemned. Everyone who believes me will be able to do wonderful things. “I will be with you always, even until the end of the world.” After the Lord Jesus had said these things to the disciples, he was taken back up to heaven where he sat down at the right side of God. They could not see him, but as he went up, they kept looking up into the sky. Suddenly two men dressed in white clothes were standing there beside them. They said, “Why are you men from Galilee standing here and looking up into the sky? Jesus has been taken to heaven. But he will come back in the same way that you have seen him go.” The disciples returned to Jerusalem and were very happy. They spent their time in the temple, praising God. Then the disciples left and preached everywhere. The Lord was with them, and the miracles they performed proved that their message was true. Matthew 28:16-20, Mark 16:16-17, Mark 28:20, Mark 16:19, Acts 1:9-11, Luke 24:52-53, Mark 16:20

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If we [you] confess our sins to God, he can always be trusted to forgive us and take our sins away. 1 John 1:9

Dear God,

Jesus is still alive today! He was stronger than death. God sent Jesus to take the punishment for our sins and he wants everyone to know Jesus. Now God will forgive us. Jesus has taken away our sin problem and restored our relationship with God. But we must confess our sins and ask for this forgiveness before we can receive it.

I know that you are God. I believe that you created me to love and obey you. I believe that you sent your son Jesus to die on the cross for my sins. I am sorry for the wrong things I have done.

Anyone who belongs to Christ is a new person. The past is forgotten, and everything is new. 2 Corinthians 5:17

Do you believe that Jesus died to take away your sins? Would you like God to become your Heavenly Father? Do you want the Holy Spirit to guide your life? If so, talk with him by praying these words:

Jesus, I accept your death in place of the punishment I deserve. I know I will live forever with you someday in Heaven. Please fill me with your Holy Spirit. Help me do the things you want me to do. Thank you for loving me. I pray this in your name, Jesus. Amen.� If you just prayed this prayer, you are forgiven. You now have a personal relationship with Jesus.

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Hope and Hygiene: But God showed how much he loved us by having Christ die for us, even though we were sinful. Romans 5:8

God wants everyone to be saved and to know the whole truth. 1 Timothy 2:4

Jesus’ death and resurrection is wonderful news! He wants us to share it with others. God wants everyone to know about him. Honor Christ and let him be the Lord of your life. Always be ready to give an answer when someone asks you about your hope. 1 Peter 3:15

We’re called to share God’s love and the Good News of Jesus so that others can also know his love and be saved. Go and preach the good news to everyone in the world. Mark 16:15

God loves us all. And Jesus gave his life so that everyone might be saved. In his word, he tells us to share the good news of Jesus with everyone. Who can you share the Good News of eternal life in Jesus with? You can also tell your friends and family about worms and how to protect themselves from worm infections. If more people know this important information, your whole community will be healthier and happier.

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Living for Jesus Salvation is not about how good you are. It is about faith in Jesus Christ. Salvation is only given to those who believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross and rose back to life for their own wrong doing. Let the mighty strength of the Lord make you strong. Ephesians 6:10

Do as God does. After all, you are his dear children. Let love be your guide. Christ loved us and offered his life for us as a sacrifice that pleases God. You are God’s people, so don’t let it be said that any of you are immoral or indecent or greedy. Ephesians 5:1-3

Accepting Jesus’ gift of salvation does not mean that life will always be easy. But it does mean you will always have God’s Holy Spirit to help you. Commit to living for Christ by communicating with him in prayer and living your life as Jesus did. He loved and served other people. And he wants you do to the same. In the space below, draw a picture or write about a specific way you can show your love for Jesus and for others.

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If you forgive others for the wrongs they do to you, your Father in heaven will forgive you. But if you don’t forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:14 Just as Jesus has freely forgiven us, so does he ask us to freely forgive. When we forgive those who have hurt or wronged us, we demonstrate God’s love and forgiveness to others too. In the space below, draw a picture or write about a specific way you can forgive someone who has wronged you. How does this show God’s love to others?

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If you have chosen to follow Jesus, here are some things that will help you. READ SOME PART OF GOD’S WORD EVERY DAY Everything in the Scriptures is God’s Word. All of it is useful for teaching and helping people and for correcting them and showing them how to live. The Scriptures train God’s servants to do all kinds of good deeds. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Before reading, ask God to help you understand and apply what you are reading. KEEP ON TALKING WITH GOD Don’t worry about anything, but pray about everything. With thankful hearts offer up your prayers and requests to God. Philippians 4:6

You can talk to God anytime and anywhere you are. Look for reasons to tell him “thank you.” Let him know when you have a problem or a need. FIND OTHERS WHO BELIEVE IN JESUS You are better off to have a friend than to be all alone, because then you will get more enjoyment out of what you earn. If you fall, your friend can help you up. But if you fall without having a friend nearby, you are really in trouble. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

Get to know people who have the same belief in God that you do. Ask them for advice in getting to know him better. TELL A FRIEND Go and preach the good news to everyone in the world. Anyone who believes me and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe me will be condemned. Mark 16:15-16

You have learned about Jesus in your Book of Hope. You can tell others about God and what Jesus did. It might help someone else discover God’s love too!

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Show What You Know about Worms and Hygiene Instructions: Circle the ONE best answer to each question 1. If you have intestinal worms, you might: a) Lose important nutrients that your body needs b) Have a stomachache or diarrhea c) All of the above 2. Worm eggs: a) Are so small that they can’t be seen b) Come out in the poop of people with worms c) Live in the dirt d) All of the above 3. How can you get your hands the cleanest? a) By rubbing your hands together while washing b) By using soap c) By using clean water d) By doing all of the above 4. You can get a worm infection by: a) Eating food or drinking water that has worms or worm eggs in it b) Not wearing shoes outside or at the latrine c) Putting dirty hands or objects in your mouth d) All of the above

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5. Which of the following is NOT a way to keep your community clean? a) Helping your parent(s) clean the latrine b) Encouraging your brothers and sisters to always use the latrine c) Using human poop to fertilize the garden d) Using the latrine 6. What is true about deworming medication? a) The pill can be chewed up or swallowed whole b) It is easy to take c) It will only get rid of the worms in your body right now d) All of the above 7. Which of the following is NOT good hygiene? a) Keeping your nails trimmed short b) Wearing shoes or sandals, especially to the latrine c) Eating without washing your hands d) Using soap and clean water to wash your hands 8. Some worms get into your body through your mouth, but others enter your body through: a) Feet without shoes b) Bare legs exposed to dirt that has worms in it c) Any uncovered, unprotected skin exposed to dirt that has worms in it d) All of the above

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My Commitment I will work hard to stay healthy. I will do my best to protect myself and my community from getting worms: • I will use the latrine more frequently. • I will always try to wear shoes or sandals whenever I’m outside, and especially when I go to the latrine. • I will wash my hands with soap and clean water after using the latrine and before eating or preparing food. • I will only eat fruits and vegetables that have been carefully washed in clean water. I also commit to following Jesus and showing God’s love to others in my life. I won’t keep secret the Good News of Jesus’ death on the cross for our sins. I will share it with others so that they may also come to follow Jesus and love God too.

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