Acts 9:1-31 tells the story of Saul's transformation into Paul and his early ministry. It's an important story in the Bible that teaches about change, forgiveness, and following God's call. Here's a simplified version to help teach children:
There was a man named Saul. He didn't like the followers of Jesus and would often try to hurt them. One day, Saul was on his way to the city of Damascus to find and arrest more followers of Jesus.
A bright light from heaven suddenly shone around him as he traveled, and he fell to the ground. He heard a voice saying, "Saul, Saul, why are you hurting me?" Saul asked, "Who are you, Lord?" The voice answered, "I am Jesus, the one you are hurting. Now, get up and go into the city, and you will be told what to do."
Saul got up, but he was blind! His friends had to lead him into Damascus. For three days, he couldn't see, eat, or drink.
Meanwhile, in Damascus, there was a follower of Jesus named Ananias. Jesus spoke to Ananias in a vision, telling him to find Saul and pray for him. Ananias was scared because he knew Saul was a dangerous man.
But Jesus said, "Go! I have chosen Saul for an important job: to spread my message to many people."
So Ananias found Saul, placed his hands on him, and prayed. Suddenly, Saul could see again! He was baptized and started to follow Jesus.
Saul, later known as Paul, began telling everyone about Jesus. However, some people were confused because they remembered how he used to hurt the followers of Jesus. Others were angry and wanted to kill him.
But Paul didn't let that stop him. He continued to share the good news about Jesus and helped many people become followers of Jesus, too.
This story teaches us that anyone can change, and with God's help, they can do amazing things. It also reminds us to be brave when following God's call, even if it seems difficult or scary.