As the students enter, ask them to share a about a time when someone helped them in a big way. Share one of your own memories as well!
When other people help or serve us, it shows that they love and care about us.
The country of Turkey was recently affected by two large earthquakes. Many people lost their homes and businesses, thousands of people were injured, and many people lost loved ones in this disaster.
Watch this recent news story about people loving others through serving them:
Share the following video with your students [2:48]:
Donations collected to help earthquake victims in Turkey & Syria
- What were some of the ways you saw people serving others in this video? (Rescuing people from the debris, collecting supplies to help the people affected by the quake, raising money, spreading the word about relief efforts, etc.)
- What do you think people could have used as excuses to not help the earthquake victims? (People could have refused to help because they were afraid of another earthquake coming to that area. Or, they could have chosen not to help because they were also affected by this disaster.)
We can start thinking about our neighbors, whoever they might be. Jesus has a lot to say about how to treat others, especially those who are different from us, but who does that include exactly? Let’s check it out.