I've been sharing about our experience of going through Step Into My Shoes - a new resource for families from Compassion.
In case you missed my earlier posts:
After reading the Bible passage and talking about it, we watched the video "Enough Hope".
We talked about what our specific "callings" might be in terms of how God has gifted us and how He has given us certain talents and interests that are unique to us. We then brainstormed about ways we can give of ourselves to God by giving to others. We gathered items to represent our ideas.
We can give money to others in need and to causes like Compassion. We can draw or make cards for family and friends. We can pass down our clothes and toys to others. We can share our music with others. We can write letters and share God's love with our sponsored children. We can donate food to others.
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And we reviewed the suggested memory verse...
"Jesus replied: 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'" - Matthew 22:37-39
The big activity for this step is to mark off a 10x10 area and sleep there as a family. We did NOT do this. We've done this before and I just wasn't up for it. The girls have even slept under mosquito nets before so we just talked about and looked at our photos from Thailand.
We watched the video "Enough Safety" and then prayed that God would use what we have enough of to help others. We traced our open hands to show that we want to be generous and then each girl chose 5 of our sponsored children and wrote their names on each finger.
Our family also helps out a local family shelter and we talked about how what we do there is helping homeless families have a safe place to live and sleep.
Then we worked on the next suggested memory verse -
"'Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they go among so many?'
Jesus said, 'Have the people sit down.' There was plenty of grass in that place, and they sate down (about five thousand men were there). Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish." - John 6:9-11