- What does it mean to serve someone? (Answers will vary but might include: you can serve or bring someone food at a restaurant; doing a job for someone; helping someone out, etc.)
- What are ways you have served someone? (Answers will vary. Be sure students think beyond chores to include helping a younger sibling learn a skill or a kindness extended to an elderly neighbor.)
- What was the reason you wanted to help someone? (Accept all reasonable answers.)
Helping and serving others in the spirit of love is so important. If we only choose to help someone because we are told to do it, it doesn’t seem as meaningful. Eight-year-old Keoni Ching wanted to help out his classmates at Franklin Elementary school in Vancouver. He discovered that some students weren’t able to get a hot lunch because of their unpaid school lunch debt, so he decided to do something about it. Let’s watch his story.
Play the following clip [2:19]:
Vancouver 8-year-old raises $4,015 to pay off school lunch debt
- How do you think the students felt whose debt was paid off because of Keoni’s help? (Answers might include: Grateful that he cared about them; excited; happy to have a hot lunch each day, etc.)
Keoni gave up his free time to make keychains, selling them to earn money to pay off the school lunch debt. His attitude inspired many others to jump on board and help as well. Together they earned so much money! Keoni served his classmates through his kindness and affected their lives for the better by giving them a hot meal.
When others see that kind of selflessness…wow! It makes a difference. In today’s lesson we’re going to watch Someone else make a huge impact through His loving service to His friends. Let’s see how this powerful act changes the minds of many on what it means to be great.