We live in a world of plenty and a world in need. While there seems to be plenty to go around, many people don’t seem to have what they need. Perhaps you feel that you lack something you need. Perhaps you think if you had that something, it would change everything for you. Perhaps you have looked around and seen others’ needs unmet. Perhaps you wanted to do something about it or wondered if you could. Here is a story about someone who saw a need and did something. These are neighbors who have been providing very basic needs for others in their community.
Play the following video for your teens [1:50]:
Utah Family Uses Fence to Provide for Homeless, Struggling Families
- These items on this fence are provided freely. What difference does it make to be offered something without cost or expectation? (Accept all reasonable answers. This means there are no hoops to jump through to qualify and no burden of repayment. It means you can have what you need regardless of your circumstances. It is a gift. It is gracious.)
- What impact will the provision of clothing and other items have on the recipients? (Accept all reasonable answers. These items meet a need—perhaps a physical one in the case of clothing or food, or an emotional or social need in the case of toys for children. Having these needs met helps recipients survive. Additionally, with one need met, the recipients may be better able to meet other needs. Having what is needed also provides dignity.)
- Name some things that have been provided for you. How do those provisions impact your life? (Accept all reasonable answers. These could be the essentials of food, shelter, and clothing, or deeper needs such as friendship, love, or forgiveness. Students may also consider opportunities such as an education, or experiences such as travel, or the financial ability to make choices about college or internships. Some may have stories of scholarships or donations of other kinds that allowed them to do, face, or overcome something.)
It is important to recognize what has been provided for us in life, and it is good to return the favor or pass it on. Some of us begin with more advantages than others. Most of us won’t get far on our own, but we benefit from what others provide for us. None of us can earn or obtain on our own the things that God has provided for us. God meets our deepest needs, offers us salvation, and gifts us to do His work.