Faith in Joppa


After Saul’s conversion in Acts 9, the churches throughout the region were walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit. (Don’t you all hope and pray your church would  experience this level of commitment?  Let’s keep  praying for revival!) Peter  went  to edify  new believers  and came across a paralyzed man in Lydda named Aeneas.  He told the bedridden man that Jesus was healing him, and as a result many converts were made.  About ten miles away in Joppa, a disciple named Tabitha (gazelle) became sick and died.  This woman was greatly beloved and described as being full of good works and charitable deeds.   The disciples in Joppa , having heard of the great miracle in Lydda and realizing Peter was still in the vicinity, rushed to implore Peter to accompany them to pray for their departed sister.  When he got to the place where she was laid, he noticed the grief of the widows, who stood holding the garments she had made for them when she was alive.  Peter privately knelt down before the body and prayed… “And turning to the body he said “Tabitha, arise.’ And she opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter, she sat up.”  This also resulted in many believing on the Lord.  Peter continued his sojourn  in Joppa and was there when the servants of Cornelius came looking for him.

Peter prays for Tabitha – worksheet

Using the pattern, cut your tunics out of felt.  Older kids can do a simple running stitch to add another dimension to the project.  Color your page before tacking down the tunic.  When I was out walking this morning, I came across some twigs that would make a good walking staff for Peter.  There are other amazing bits of nature you might be able to find, to make a broom.

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