Our Friends Around the World live in places like Afghanistan, South Sudan, Uganda, Mexico and Jamaica! Each week Summit Kids learn how our friends in other cultures dress, talk, play and sing.
Flatirons Kids also have friends right here in our own communities! We’re friends with people who are helping make a difference in the lives of people in our own neighborhood.
We’re learning how Flatirons Kids can help our friends by giving money each week. Encourage your kids to save up allowance, chore money, or money they find in the couch, to give to help others.
Thanks Flatirons Kids for helping our Friends Around the World!
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Watch the story of Miguel, and ask yourself “What can I do?”
FAMILY MISSION IDEAS
- Pray for one of our Friends Around the World at bedtime or meal time.
- Hang up a world map and use markers to find the places in the world where our partners live.
- Invite people from different cultures into your home for a meal.
- Download this PDF to make a bank for saving coins.
PARENT BIBLE STUDY
Read: Mark 12:41-44
Watching two very different kinds of people give money to God gave Jesus a good teaching opportunity. The rich men obviously gave out of excess and obligation. They only gave a small portion of what they had, and they were putting on a show so that anyone watching could see how “good” they were. In contrast, the widow gave at a high cost. She gave out of a place of sacrifice. She gave all she had.
It’s easy to get into a selfish mindset and only consider giving extra money or resources. Sometimes the world’s wisdom even advises that mentality. But the point of this story is to give sacrificially, like the poor widow, and not just from surplus, like the rich men.
King David said it this way in 2 Samuel 24:24, “I will not sacrifice to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.”
We get to share this important truth with kids every week. We all can give. Whether we are rich, poor, or somewhere in between. And our giving from a generous heart – a heart that puts others ahead of ourselves – points people all around the world to a generous God. Our giving should also come from a mindset that sees what we have, what we can give, and what we can do to help others – rather than what we don’t have. Thankfully, Jesus takes our hearts bent toward selfishness and begins to grow seeds of righteousness and generosity. Everything we have is already his, and that kind of perspective can help us give first, give freely, and give much.
Are you more like the rich men or poor woman in your giving?
How would your giving change if you thought about what you have rather than what you don’t have?
Intentionally pray and ask Jesus to sow seeds of sacrificial generosity in your heart.
“Jesus said to the followers, ‘Go everywhere in the world. Tell the Good News to everyone,” Mark 16:15. (ICB)