A lot of the chocolate we love to eat comes from a very small country in African called Cote D'Ivoire (or the Ivory Coast).  In this country, a lot of kids without parents to protect them are forced to work on farms and often get hurt while doing that.  All over Africa, a lot of kids don't have parents and sometimes people from Cote D'Ivoire steal kids like that from other countries and make them farm chocolate.  It's very sad.  But, we know that God  takes care of kids without parents.  God also wants us to help take care of kids without parents.  So, talk to you parents or whatever grownups help to keep you safe about how you can help keeps kids safe by buying the rights kinds of chocolate - chocolate other little kids haven't had to work for.

Read this verse with your family:
James 1.27
Religion that pleases God the Father must be pure and spotless. You must help needy orphans and widows and not let this world make you evil.

Ask your parents what these verses mean.  How do they make you feel?  What do they tell us about God?  How do you think God might want us to behave?  

Then pray this prayer:
Dear Jesus, I am so glad you take care of kids without parents.  I know some kids without parents, especially in Africa, are hurting this year and need people who will take good care of them.  Please send people to take good care of them and please help people here in my country and my town to do what we can to help.  Jesus, help us to think before we buy chocolate and find out if it might be chocolate that has hurt some kids around the world.  Amen.



Then color this color sheet and pray for all the kids in Africa without parents.  When you color in the heart, that heart is where Cote D'Ivoire is.  Color it and say a special prayer for all the kids who have to work on chocolate farms.
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alanna
12/22/2010 22:56

Very informative for kids to learn whats going on & grown-ups as well . I got a few See's Candy boxes from co-workers for Christmas & now I wonder if See's uses this chocolate I surely wouldn't want to eat it. I am going to find out.

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