The journal begins with a section on the importance of prayer then continues to give ways that the children can use their journal and learn about the needs of others. Next there is a section with the trisagion prayers, a morning, mid-day and evening prayer.
It works alongside the Ecclesiastical calendar by listing the month (starting in September) and it focuses on a different part of the world and discusses their specific needs and ways that IOCC helps the people of that region. The margins include Scripture verses, quotes from holy fathers, etc. Then on the opposite page it has a space where the child writes a list of the things they are praying for and a list of things they are thankful for.
Here’s our month of September:
my family, my nono, my class and my teachers
I thank God For:
our home, family, toys, health, food
This month’s focus is on the United States, which I think is great because as much as I love when he learns about the hardships of people in other countries, I think it’s equally important to realize that poverty and hunger exist here at home as well.
If you have children who are old enough to write, or can even understand well enough, I would click on over here and order a journal for your home. Also, consider giving to some of their programs. Like I mentioned in my last Handmaiden article, $0.92 of every dollar donated goes directly to their aid efforts.
Check out “My Prayer Journal Online” to see what place children are studying each month and learn different facts, how the IOCC is aiding that country and ways you can help.