Blow Around the World

Play this international edition of “Blow Wind Blow” to introduce a lesson on evangelism and missions or the Tower of Babel. 

Bible: John 3:16; Acts 1:8; Matthew 28:19-20; Romans 10:9-15; Genesis 11:1-9; 1:28; 9:7

Ages: 6 to 14

Group Size: 5 or more

Supplies: Chairs (or anything that can mark the positions of each “seat”), Dry erase board, marker and eraser, Labels or masking tape, Pens or markers

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Blow Around the World Sunday School Game

Preparation

Set up chairs in a circle, facing the center. Set up as many chairs as there are players minus 1. For example, for 10 players, you will need 9 chairs. Alternatively, you can use anything that can mark the positions of each seat (examples: labels, masking tapes, shoes, books).

How to Play

Ask everyone to suggest foreign languages that they know or are interested to learn.

As a group, agree on which foreign languages to include in the game.

Write on a dry erase board the translations of the word “me” in these various languages. You can get help from Google translate, including how to pronounce these words.
Examples,
– English: me
– Spanish: yo
– Chinese: 我 (wǒ)
– Filipino: ako
– Vietnamese: tôi
– French: moi
– Korean: 나를 (naleul)
– Russian: мне (mne)
– German: mir
– Hindi: मुझे (mujhe)
– Portuguese: mim
– Italian: me

Have everyone learn the word “me” in these various languages.

Assign each player one language (or allow them to choose).
There must be 2 or more players assigned to each language.

Write the word “me” in that language on a sticker label or piece of masking tape and stick it on each player’s shirt.

Ask one player to stand in the center of the circle and have everyone else sit on the chairs.
There should be just enough chairs for everyone except for the player in the center.

To start the game, the player in the center shouts, “Blow wind blow!”

The other players respond by shouting, “Blow what?”

The player in the center replies, “Blow all the ________.“ (“me” in any language) For example, “Blow all the ‘yo’s!”

All the players who have been assigned that language must quickly get up and move to a seat vacated by another player; the player in the center tries to get a seat. One player will be left without a seat. This player must now stand in the center of the circle and shout, “Blow wind blow!”…

You can end the game anytime.

Bible Lesson – Evangelism and Missions

Discuss
1. Did you enjoy this game?
2. How many languages can you speak, read or write?
3. How did you learn these various languages?
4. Have you had to communicate with anyone who can’t speak any of your known languages? Tell us your experiences.
5. Have you ever visited any country outside of your own? Tell us your experiences.
6. What do you think and feel about people outside your own country?
7. How do you think God feels about them?

Read
John 3:16

Discuss
8. Do you think God loves the people in your country any more than the people in other countries?

Say
Let’s read a portion of the Bible that talks about us interacting with people that do not live in our own cities or countries…

Read
Acts 1:8 and Matthew 28:19-20

Discuss
9. What does “you will be my witnesses” in Acts 1:8 mean?
10. What did Jesus command his disciples to do in Matthew 28:19-20?
11. Where did Jesus tell his disciples to go to be his witnesses and to make disciples?
12. Do you think these commandments apply to you personally? Why or why not?

Read
Romans 10:9-15

Discuss
13. How did you know about Jesus?
14. Why do you think God wants us to tell others about Jesus?
15. Who can you tell about Jesus?

Conclude
Romans 10:14 tells us that we can know about and believe in Jesus because someone did tell us about Jesus. Jesus wants us to go and tell others about him, so that others can also believe in him. We can start by telling those close to us, but God does not want us to stop there. God wants us to tell everyone, everywhere about Jesus.

Bible Lesson – Tower of Babel

Discuss
1. Did you enjoy this game?
2. How many languages can you speak, read or write?
3. How did you learn these various languages?
4. Have you had to communicate with anyone who can’t speak any of your known languages? Tell us your experiences.
5. Did you know that at one time in the past, everyone in the world spoke the same language?

Say
The Bible talks about a time when everyone in the world spoke the same language. Let’s read about what happened.

Read
Genesis 11:1-9

Discuss
6. What were man’s motivation in building the Tower of Babel?
7. Was God pleased with man’s motivation? Why or why not?
8. What did God do?

Conclude
Man’s motivation to build a city with a very tall tower was twofold:
(i) Man wanted to make a name for himself; and
(ii) Man did not want to be scattered over the face of the whole earth.

God was not pleased with both these motivations.
(i) Man should desire to bring glory to God and not to man himself; and
(ii) God wanted man to multiply and fill the earth. God said this to Adam and Eve in Genesis 1:28 and again to Noah after the flood in Genesis 9:7.

So God thwarted their plans by confusing their language and scattering them over the face of the whole earth.

Variations

Allow calling for two or more foreign languages at a time.
Allow calling for everyone at the same time (“Blow everyone!”)

Here are some variations of this game that can help introduce or reinforce other Bible lessons:

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