- What are some ways you’ve helped others? (Answers might include: I helped my little brother learn to ride his bike; helped my neighbor mow her grass; helped my dad wash the car, etc.)
- What are ways others have given of themselves to help you? (Answers will vary; be prepared to share your own experience.)
What a difference it makes in our lives when others reach out to help us when we’re in need. You may have heard of the difficulty many other countries have had in getting access to COVID-19 vaccines. Even though many countries have wanted these vaccines for their citizens, limited supplies and resources have made it difficult to get access to vaccine doses. As new variants of COVID-19 spread, countries want to protect their citizens.
Thankfully, humanitarian organizations, such as UNICEF, have partnered with the COVAX organization, which works towards global access to vaccines. As organizations such as UNICEF and COVAX partner together, millions of vaccines are distributed in countries that lacked dosages. Over 7.4 million doses have been distributed in Vietnam alone! Vietnam has experienced severe outbreaks of the virus. However, with the help of organizations distributing vaccines, it’s estimated that 70% of their population will be vaccinated in the next six months.
- What resources were donated during this mission? (Time, vaccine doses, etc.)
- If humanitarian workers from around the world hadn’t freely given their time to distribute vaccines, how might Vietnam’s defense against COVID-19 be different? (Answers will likely include: It would have taken a lot more time for vaccines to be distributed, high numbers of cases would continue, etc.)
Organizations like UNICEF and COVAX are on the same team working together and giving time and resources in order to save the lives. Through their work and generosity, people around the globe have access to vaccines and protection against COVID-19 they wouldn’t otherwise have. Giving freely of our resources matters!
Today we’re going to talk about some people in the Bible who lived by these same principles. Helping their brothers and sisters in Christ through generous giving was Paul’s message to the people in Corinth and ultimately to us. Let’s find out what he had to say.