Experience the Joy of Easter Through a Child’s Eyes

You have probably heard that every single Compassion-assisted child will learn about the love of God at his or her local center or church. But have you ever wondered what that looks like? What their teachers are actually sharing? Or how the story of Easter is being taught?

A girl missing her front tooth smiles, holding a chalkboard that says, "He is risen." She is wearing a pink shirt and purple pants and stands in front of a coral colored wall.

One of the beautiful things about the churches Compassion partners with is that no two are the same. Though the truths of the Bible are taught around the world, the lessons each look different based on their individual cultures.

Now is your opportunity to get some of your questions answered, and to learn about what is actually being taught to children at their local church. As you keep reading, you’ll experience what an Easter lesson might look like for many sponsored children around the world.

So, go ahead! Get your imagination rolling and put yourself in the shoes of a child in poverty.

Time for Class

Four boys in Tanzania wearing purple school uniforms run towards the camera, smiling, down a dirt road.

It’s a sunny morning. I just finished playing soccer with my friends, and my teacher has called us in for class. This is the time of the day when we learn about the Bible!

I step into my classroom, greeted by the smiling face of my teacher. The walls are covered in Bible verses and artwork — the room feels warm and inviting. I see the drawing I did last week hanging next to the chalkboard. I sit down at a table with three of my best friends. We chat about the crazy awesome goal I scored in soccer today until the teacher tells us to quiet down.

“I’m happy because today I get to tell you the happiest story in the whole Bible. Do you know what story I’m talking about?” my teacher asks.

A girl across the room raises her hand — she’s really good at knowing answers about the Bible.

“Easter!” she says.

Singalong Time

A young girl in the Philippines in a pink shirt makes a heart shape with her hands in front of her, singing and looking to the front of the class. She is in a classroom surrounding by kids doing the same thing.

Almost every day we sing a song, and today is no different. I love singing! Today we sing about Jesus’ resurrection, to the tune of “Here We Go ’Round the Mulberry Bush”:

“Jesus has risen from the dead,
From the dead, from the dead.
Jesus has risen from the dead.
He is alive!

“Will you love Jesus? Yes, we will!
Yes, we will! Yes, we will!
Will you love Jesus? Yes, we will!
He is alive!”

Story Time

A group of girls in Tanzania wearing blue uniform dresses sit on white plastic chairs, each holding and reading Bibles. The girl in the foreground smiles at the camera.

Singing helped get all my sillies out, so now I’m ready to hear the lesson. I remember that my teacher said it’s about Easter — I love the Easter story! Our teacher describes Jesus’ death on the cross and His awesome resurrection.

“But, very early on Sunday morning, three days later, something happened in Jesus’ tomb. The ground began to shake and a bright angel appeared. The angel rolled away the heavy stone that was in front of the tomb,” she explains.

It’s really cool to know that Jesus paid for our sins. That story never gets old!

Get Crafty

In a classroom full of brightly colored chairs and tables, children paint on white paper. The walls of the classroom are covered in paintings.

Now it’s my favorite time of the class — craft time! Some days at craft time we draw, other days we make jewelry. Today we get to paint with rocks! Our teacher hands us each a small stone and a piece of paper.

“Today you will be making rolling-stone paintings,” the teacher says, “to help you remember that Jesus rose from the dead for our sins!”

We dip our stone in paint and roll it around on the piece of paper. It gets pretty messy, but it’s super fun! I use green, blue and yellow paint. I’m happy with how it turned out. Our teacher says that the story of Easter gives us joy and hope, and my painting reminds me of that!

Time to Go

A group of children run down a path in Peru, next to a row of blue classrooms.

Before we go, our teacher reminds us about our Easter lesson. “What do you remember about the story we heard?” she asks. We pass around a cross as we each answer her question. When it’s my turn, I say, “Jesus died for our sins!

“Before Jesus died and rose again for us, it was like God was on one side of a cliff and we were on the other side of a cliff with a big valley in between,” our teacher says. “The big valley was made because of all of the sins or bad things we had all done in our lives.”

She moves to the chalkboard. She draws two cliffs with a valley in between.

“Then Jesus came. Because He paid for all of our sins, He built a bridge for us to God.” She draws a cross between the two cliffs. “Jesus saved us and brought us close to God! Let’s pray.”

I still love the story of Easter. And I can’t wait to tell it to my family when I get home!


Three boys stand in front of green hills in Bolivia. The one on the left holds a sign that says, Happy Easter. The one on the right holds a sign that says, Christ is alive.

I hope reading about an Easter class through the eyes of a child gives you a clearer glimpse into Compassion-assisted children’s lives. And now that you know what a lesson might look like, please pray that the story of Easter will be life-changing for children all around the world.

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Please note that this Easter lesson is not representative of what ALL Compassion-assisted children learn. Lessons may vary depending on country, culture and church-community.

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    Kathryn G Price April 22, 2019

    Hallelujah for Christ is Alive through this ministry!

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    Diana Jacobs April 20, 2019

    Thank you for helping me feel so connected to my sponsored child.

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    Joyce Barnette April 19, 2019

    I’m so glad to be a sponsor but I haven’t received my packet yet and I haven’t been able to send Kemyly a message. I tried to set up an email but the system didn’t recognize me. Please somebody help me get in contact with the child I sponsor.

    1. Sarah
      Sarah April 22, 2019

      Hi Joyce! I am so sorry for the confusion! I am emailing you this morning with your account information so that you can get the online account set up :).

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    Theresa M Fasig April 19, 2019

    I really enjoyed seeing the children in action. Learning about Jesus at this Easter Season; singing, playing. They seem so Joyful. What a blessing to be part of.

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    Sharon Jones April 19, 2019

    the smiles on their faces, says it all!

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    Dale Morissette April 19, 2019

    Thank you for the beautiful Easter pictures. It reminds me of the Scripture when Jesus said the first shall be last and the last first.Jesus must love these kids far more than He loves us who have so very much! These kids who have the least must shine the brightest in Jesus eyes! What we do for the least of Jesus kids…..we do directly for Jesus. It is an honor to help these kids as much as we can!

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    Bonnie Bristow April 19, 2019

    Praise The Lord! What a beautiful lesson, and I loved seeing the pictures of the children. They are so happy:) So thankful that He has risen, indeed.

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    JOAN GILTINAN April 19, 2019

    HOW HAPPY I AM TO LEARN WHAT MY CHILD IS LEARNING THIS EASTER SEASON.
    ONE OF MY PRAYERS FOR HIM (IN KENYA) THIS WEEK HAS BEEN THAT HE WILL
    KNOW WHAT JESUS HAS DONE FOR HIM. MAY GOD CONTINUE TO BLESS HIS TEACHERS
    AND ALL OF YOU WHO ARE LIVING OUT JESUS’ GREAT COMMISSION THROUGHOUT THE
    WORLD.

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    Ann H Aschauer April 19, 2019

    It’s such a blessing to see the beautiful, smiling faces. I can imagine my own sponsored children among them. Thanks so much for sharing this.

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    Rosemary Stambaugh April 18, 2019

    Easter, understood by the children means the world to me. Thank you for telling me their story.

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    SOUBEIGA ROGER April 18, 2019

    Very beautiful and learnful

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    Vickie Penkert April 17, 2019

    I loved your April Easter news, thank you! I printed off you April prayer calendar so I can follow the Compassion with Christ children to prayer for them.
    HAPPY EASTER!!

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