Friday, February 17, 2012

VeggieTales Robin Good and His Not-So Merry Men . . . I'm Giving One Away

By Lynda Freeman



This new Veggie DVD, Robin Good & His Not So Merry Men, releases on March 3rd and is one children and families in your ministry are sure to love . . . and you will love the way it gives you so many opportunities to talk with them about important lessons!


It all begins with the short - Lenny and the Lost Birthday, in which Lenny thinks everyone has forgotten his birthday. He doesn't know about Leap Year and how it pushed his birthday back one day and ends up feeling like he is not special to anyone. "Of all of my days, mom, this was the worst. My family, my teacher my friends all agree. There's nothing at all that's special about me." His mom sings, "But this is the day the Lord has made. You're special to me and you'll be okay. Tomorrow will dawn and I'll love you still. Things will get better, I promise they will! When your days been a mess and you feel it intensely, don't forget Whose you are and Who loves you immensely! God made you His child and you're treasured as such. You're precious, you're treasured, He loves you so much! And this is the day the Lord has made. You're special to Him, you'll be okay! Tomorrow will dawn and He'll love you still! Things will get better, I promise they will!"


While we may not "misplace" our birthdays, we all have bad days from time to time. This little short story gives you the opportunity to talk with children about how they feel when they have a bad day . . . and share with them how you feel when you have a bad day, too! Just as Junior's mom encouraged him with the truth God made him His child and he's treasured as such, you can share this incredible truth with the children in your ministry! They are special to God and He will love them each day and each tomorrow! (And be sure to remember this yourself of this truth when you have a bad day, too!)


This video goes on with the new Silly Song - Bubble Rap- which you can see in the box on this blog!


As with many Veggie stories, Robin Good is a Veggie version of Robin Hood and has all the humor and fun we have come to know and love with Veggie stories! Robin "fundraises" from the rich to help the poor, but with the economy as it is, this day, "times are as tough as granny's shoe leather!" Robin Good makes the point even when times are tough and people are hurting, "there's no hurt too big for God!" When the ham Robin and his merry men bought for a needy family is "purloined" by Prince John, his men get discouraged and angry and decide to turn to robbery - "Rob from the rich and give to the poor." Robin tries to tell them stealing is wrong, but they don't listen and leave Robin, which leaves him wondering if the hurt and burden of losing his friends is a hurt which is too big for God. Robin learns to give his burdens to God by, telling "God your heart is hurting. Tell Him you're feeling blue. You can't make it yourself and you need His help to comfort and see you through. He'll care for you. He'll care for you. He loves you and He's always there for you. His burden is light His promise is true. God will take care of you. God will take care of you!"

Bouts with the dungeon of despair, which takes all your hope, and giants ends with a funny and powerful lesson about sharing, helping others and trusting God because "there's never been a hurt too big for Him, God will take care of you!" This story also makes the point it is never okay to steal. As always, this Veggie story ends with a verse, this time from Psalm 55:22 "Give your burdens to the Lord, for He will take care of you."


One of my favorite things about VeggieTales is not only do they tell a fun story with a point, but they provide opportunities for families to live what they learn from these stories by helping others! Once again, VeggieTales "has teamed up with long-term partner World Vision®, to continue building a greater awareness of how families can help care for those in need with opportunities to sign up for child sponsorships through World Vision at www.worldvision.org, as well as in person at numerous Christian retail stores across the country. A promotional clip on the DVD will encourage families to learn more about World Vision’s child sponsorships along with information in World Vision’s Spring Gift Catalog." I especially love the gift where for just $25 you can help provide $125 worth of food for a family in the horn of Africa where people are starving and for $30 you can provide a family in need with five ducks which they can use for eggs, raising more ducks and for food! These are do-able projects which make a huge difference in the lives of children and families around the world. Talk with the children in your ministry about what they can do to help others and then select a project out of the World Vision gift catalog, work together to raise money and send the money they raise to help others!


I'm happy to announce, not only did VeggieTales make a copy of Robin Good available for me to review, but they are also making one available for me to give away! If you have "liked" About the Children's Department using the tab in the "find us on facebook" box ON THE BLOG, then you are entered in the drawing which will be on February 24th. If you have not "liked" 
About the Children's Department yet, please take a moment to do so and you will be entered in the drawing. It is this simple! Thank you for reading About the Children's Department and thank you for sharing it with the people you know!

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