- Identify some of the resources already in the community.
- Think of practical ways they can help using what they already have.
- Open the students’ eyes to the problems in the community.
Pastor Wong’s Vision
Read Pastor Wong’s story in Appendix 1.
In small groups discuss:
- What are some of the problems that are found in Pastor Wong’s community? Divide these problems into four lists: spiritual, social, physical, and mental.
- What was God’s intention for this community? Go through each of the problems and look at what Jesus showed the solution to be.
- What did Jesus tell Pastor Wong to do?
Case Study: Jose & Maria
In small groups go through the following case study. (For each of the questions, some sample answers have been listed.)
Jose and Maria’s house has just burnt down; absolutely nothing was left. Yesterday, they—with their five children—stayed with relatives. However, there are already 10 people living in this very small house, so there isn’t space for seven more. Jose is a farmer and he has already finished planting his small field, but there are still another three months until he will harvest. He spent all the money he has on seed for his field and all he owned was burnt in the fire.
What are some of the needs of this family?
- Things to cook with
- Somewhere to sleep while there house is being rebuilt
What are some of the things available in the community to help?
- Labor to help build a new house
- People to help prepare a meal for the volunteer builders
- People to help look after the children
- People to comfort and support the family
- People to help clean up the spot where the house burnt
- Government officials that can provide emergency support
- Spare pots and pans
- Somewhere to stay
Divide into small groups and answer the following questions. If you are able, then encourage the groups to walk around their community for 10-20 minutes to remind themselves of some of the key problems in their communities.
- What are some of the problems in your community?
- What do you think God’s intentions for those situations are?
Select the top three problems using seed voting (see teacher’s notes).
What is God asking your church to do? Take the three problems you identified and for each of them think about what you have in your community that could help to solve this problem. Think about what people, materials, funds and facilities are available to help solve that problem.
There are two ways you can do seed voting with the class:
- Give each person ten seeds (toothpicks, leaves, stones, etc.) and ask them to place their seeds as follows: four seeds to the project they think is most important, three to the next most important, two to the third most important, and one to the fourth most important.
- Give each person ten seeds and ask them to distribute them among the projects, giving more seeds to those projects they feel are most important.
Both ways will show which projects receive the most votes or seeds.