Theme: There are many, many people in the world that have only a fraction of what we have.
“The wealth of the rich is their fortified city, but poverty is the ruin of the poor.” (Prov. 10:15)
- A Different Life: This lesson begins the moment your children roll out of bed in the morning! Before they rise and shine, find some old, ratty clothes for them to wear. Put some water in a bucket, adding cocoa to make it look dirty. Put together a breakfast of a slice of bread each. Have one toy set aside for them to play with. Then as your children prepare for the day, only allow them to use the bucket of water to wash their hands or get a drink. Have them put on the ratty clothes. Give them just bread for breakfast (with more food to follow once the lesson is finished). How do your children react? Explain to them how millions of children live in poverty, and each day have dirty water, inadequate clothing and meager food. How would they like to live this way? Each day we’re going to look at a picture of a child from Compassion International’s Sponsorship program and then pray for that child.
- Memory: We’re going to memorize Proverbs 22:2 by singing it to the tune of “The Three Blind Mice”:
“The Rich and the poor/the rich and the poor/have this in common/have this in common/the Lord God made both of them/the Lord God made both of them/Proverbs 22:2/Proverbs 22:2.”
- Read-aloud: Fly Away Home is the story of a homeless boy and his dad who live in the airport, and highlights some of the insecurities and fears they face. Though the book is marketed to a younger audience, I think the subject matter is a bit more than my girls can grasp. Still, it will help them have a face and picture in their mind when we talk about homelessness.