Sample Life on Life Curriculum

David C Cook’s Life on Life focuses on three important areas for children.  Spiritual Formation, Character Building, and Life Skills.

These are samples from the thousands of resources that David C Cook provides around the world. Some are lessons. Others are training for leaders. All are simple to use, but powerful for developing full life in Christ. Click on a brief description below and you will be able to download the resource.

SPIRITUAL FORMATION

  • Rahab Helps Others This is the first of several lessons on women in the Bible. Today’s lesson focuses on how women can help others even at great risk to themselves. In order to have access to this file, you must submit your name and email in the following form. Use of this form indicates that you agree to receive communications ...
  • God Works through Elizabeth and Mary God chooses humble and ordinary women to bring about His grand plan and this is seen in the lives of Elizabeth and Mary. While not knowing what God was doing, they both trusted Him and choose to rejoice in Him. In order to have access to this file, you must submit your name and email in ...
  • Deborah and Jael Lead in Battle This is another lesson in the series highlighting how God uses women in surprising ways. This lesson helps children see that women can lead in unexpected and dangerous places, including into battle! In order to have access to this file, you must submit your name and email in the following form. Use of this form indicates that ...
  • Abigail Gives Wise Advice This is the third lesson in the group showing how valuable women are. In this lesson, children learn that God can use women to give valuable advice to men, and those in authority. Abigail’s wise advice saved many lives. In order to have access to this file, you must submit your name and email in the ...
  • Teach Boys the Way God Made Them Children’s leaders all too often teach in ways that are more effective with girls than boys. How we teach shows boys whether they are welcome in our programs. Marlene LeFever, an expert on learning styles and teaching methods and curriculum developer from David C Cook, challenged 200 leaders from 35 countries in a series of training ...
  • Jesus Respects Women “Jesus Respects Women,” a lesson from David C Cook’s program for children-at-risk and orphans, uses eight New Testament stories to show children how Jesus treated women and how He expects them to treat women. These children have been rejected by their families, sold, raped, and trafficked. Children, often girls, see themselves as worthless, of no ...

CHARACTER BUILDING

  • Self-Control Helps Me Stay Safe Self-control is hard for many adults! For children at risk or in abusive situation, it is even harder.  The tendency is for children in these situations is to react (often in a harmful manner) without thinking.  This lesson helps children understand how important it is to use self-control and help them stay safe.  Anshuri, a ...
  • Awe in the Little Details Did you know that experiencing awe might contribute to the healing process? Moments of awe share the same space in the brain and are remembered with the same amount of detail as great trauma. Bad experiences cannot be erased, but with the Holy Spirit’s help, awe-filled experiences can fill a child’s heart and mind in ...
  • Love Forgives In this lesson, children like Needa, learn how to forgive those who have hurt them.  Our J127 Orphan Initiative curriculum contains 8-10 specific lessons on forgiveness plus 25-30 other lessons which address forgiveness in some form. Here is another lesson on forgiveness which helped Esther forgive her father.     In order to have access to this file, you must submit your ...
  • God Shows Me How to Forgive Our J127 Orphan Initiative curriculum contains 8-10 specific lessons on forgiveness plus 25-30 other lessons which address forgiveness in some form.  Here is a sample lesson like the one which helped Esther forgive those who killed her father. In order to have access to this file, you must submit your name and email in the following form. Use of ...
  • Grief Lessons for Children Everyone eventually experiences the loss of a loved one or some other kind of personal crisis. Such experiences are especially intense for children and further compounded in their effect when the heartbreaks come with extreme cruelty or other form of evil. This lesson series is specifically designed to gently lead children to process their unresolved hurts, ...
  • Orphan Summit sample lesson This is a sample lesson from a unique and effective curriculum, the David C Cook J127 Orphan Initiative. We regularly post individual stories of children changed forever by this ministry. Your support is making the program available, at no cost, to orphan ministries in India, Uganda, Mexico, Bangladesh and Romania. Soon, even more countries will have it as ...
  • God Cares When I’m Sad! Children-at-risk learn to deal with their emotions in this character development lesson. Murder of parents, abuse, sexual exploitation: these children often live with sadness and depression. They may smile on the outside, but their hearts feel full of tears. This lesson helps them realize that God gave them their emotions for a purpose, and that He ...

LIFE SKILLS

  • God Made My body. It is Special. In many, if not most areas where our curriculum is used, human trafficking is common and children are often victims of sexual abuse.  Anshuri is one of those children.  This lesson helps children understand what is acceptable and unacceptable touching.  Read Anshuris’ story and how God is helping her heal.       In order to have access to ...
  • Say ‘NO!’ to Tobacco, Alcohol, and Drugs Substance abuse leads to poverty. Poverty leads to substance abuse. It’s a vicious cycle we’re trying to break one child at a time. The World Health Organization (WHO) recently ranked Uganda as the leading consumer of alcohol in the world – that’s 19.5 liters per person. This is bad news for one of the world’s poorest ...
  • Stop Diarrhea to Save 1.5 Million Children “Understanding Disease: Diarrhea” is a life skill lesson for children ages 9-11. Part of a program for orphaned children and children-at-risk, life skill lessons teach skills that children in functioning homes learn from their parents. This lesson teaches children how to stop diarrheal diseases, preventable killers of children. Each year, 1.5 million children under age 5 ...

FOR PASTORS, TEACHERS & LEADERS

  • Story of Jesus App   Want an easy way to share the Gospel?  Have an iPhone or Android?  Download The Story of Jesus app! Working with David C Cook, the folks at Youth for Christ built this app using The Story of Jesus booklet and included 49 different languages! The Story of Jesus contains select pages from the Action Bible which was designed by ...
  • After the Earthquake This booklet contains six lessons to help children and youth heal after an earthquake. It contains Resource Articles to guide Christian volunteers and parents as they work with hurting and frightened children. This booklet was written to help the children of Nepal.  Here is that story.   In order to have access to this file, you must ...
  • Helping Children After a Tornado We realize shock, chaos, and blinding grief in Moore, Oklahoma leaves hearts in the balance. Out of respect to the victims, we’re sensitive not to “capitalize” on the tragedy. At the same time we know we have the ability to come alongside moms and dads grasping to explain this kind of suffering to little ones. With ...
  • Called to Help Children in Pain “Trauma and Child Development,” “Anger Management,” and “Insecure Attachment.”  All are issues that orphan children and other children-at-risk deal with. There is no simple or quick fix. Volunteers often give up, even when they love these children. They become frustrated with their lack of success. Some are just worn out. These simple resources explain issues ...
  • Help for those called to work with at-risk children Orphans and other at-risk children are different. Volunteers who work with them must be prepared to deal with issues for which they have not been trained. David C Cook provides short, “best-practices” articles at no cost. Each will make the leader smarter and more prepared to handle the horrific things their children are dealing with. ...
  • How to help women who have been raped This is a portion from a much larger book, Trauma Kit Haiti. The kit was a specially designed book, in both English and Creole, for use following the Haitian earthquake of 2010, although it can be used in any setting where pastors, lay leaders, Sunday school teachers, and parents are dealing with trauma. This kit, ...