And then he told them, “Go into all the world
and preach the Good News to everyone, everywhere.
‘In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue!’ But why did he set sail?
“Christopher Columbus had a belief that God intended him to sail the Atlantic Ocean in order to spread Christianity. He said his prayers several times daily. Columbus wrote what he called a Book of Prophecies, which is a compilation of passages Columbus selected from the Bible which he believed were pertinent to his mission of discovery. Columbus’s own writings prove that he believed that God revealed His plan for the world in the Bible, the infallible Word of God. Columbus believed that he was obeying the mission God staked out for his life when he set sail west across the Atlantic Ocean.” Phyllis Schlafly Radio Script, October 14, 2002
Washington Irving writes of Christopher Columbus: “ Whenever he made any great discovery, he celebrated it by solemn thanks to God. The voice of prayer and melody of praise rose from his ships when they first beheld the New World, and his first action on landing was to prostrate himself upon the earth and return thanksgivings.”
Teach your children that each Columbus Day, we celebrate the life of a brave explorer who loved Jesus and obeyed the Bible’s command to spread the gospel. He landed in the Americas on October 12, 1492. It was first celebrated in 1866. October 12th was made a federal holiday in 1934. Since 1970 it has been celebrated yearly on the 2nd Monday of October.
The results of Columbus sailing the ocean blue was the discovery that the Earth was indeed round and also the settlement of new lands. This resulted in the further spreading of the Good News which led eventually to our hearing the Gospel of Jesus.
- Trace his journey on a globe from Spain to San Salvador Island:
- Play with a ball, preferably an inflated globe ball, and talk about the fact that Columbus discovered that the world was round.
- Tape off a boat on the floor or make one out of a large box and pretend to be Columbus discovering America. Then get out and lay on the ground and thank God and sing as Columbus did. Pretend the stuffed animals are the natives in the land and tell them about Jesus.
- Check out this site for some Columbus Day crafts: http://www.dltk-kids.com/Crafts/columbus/index.htm
- Read the pop-up book Christopher Columbus – An Adventure in Courage