Every day, we need certain things in order to live our daily lives. Most of us have many of the same needs in common—food, clothing, a place to sleep—and some of us have needs that are different. Ask for a volunteer to write various needs on the board as your students respond to the following question.
- What are some other things you need? (You may need to point out less visible needs, like transportation, basic abilities, or education. Others may focus on more specific needs such as medicine they take frequently, eyeglasses, etc. Let the students continue giving examples to write on the board.)
Some of the things on this list represent things we can get for ourselves. You’re all able to meet many of your own needs. But at the same time, there are definite needs that someone else has to help you with. Most of you don’t pay for all of your own food or for a place to live! Ask another volunteer to identify the needs on the board as things we can do for ourselves vs. things we need help with.
Everyone has to get help with their basic needs some time. Even adults who pay for all their own things still depend on the rest of the world.
- Who do your parents depend on for their needs? (Examples could include safe roads, electricity or other utilities, or employers.)
Let’s watch a short video about an unlikely hero meeting the needs of disadvantaged people near him.
Play the video for the students [3:05]:
4-year-old superhero has the power to feed the homeless
- What needs was Austin trying to meet? (In addition to food and drink, see if students recognize that Austin was also meeting needs for hope and encouragement.)
We all have needs—some we need help with, some we don’t. But there’s one Person who can help with all our needs. Let’s find out more about it in today’s lesson.