A powerful photo essay recently released soberly compares some of the various homes kids live in.
It’s author states:
Some kids grow up in poverty, lacking food and sanitation, while others are born in countries where basic necessities are taken for granted. Photographer James Mollison came up with the project when he thought about his own childhood bedroom and how it reflected who he was. Where Children Sleep – a collection of stories about children from around the world told through portraits of their bedrooms – stemmed from his ideas.
Check out the rest of the pictures here: http://news.distractify.com/culture/childrens-bedrooms-across-the-world/
Any ideas on how to turn this into a lesson?
For example, what if you asked students to all bring in pictures of their bedrooms and share them at your gathering? It would give them a chance to talk about what matters to them and why they decorated as they did. You could then share the pictures from the photo essay and create a conversation off of it. Some questions could include:
- What do you have in common with some of these kids from around the world?
- What are some of the things they have in common with each other but perhaps not with you?
- How do you feel about the differences you see in where they sleep versus where you sleep?
- Do you think God has blessed everyone equally or not? Why?
- Do you think if you have more than others who don’t that you’re supposed to serve them somehow? Why?
- Read Matthew 5:1-11. What perspective might this offer on the blessings that are equally available to all of us?
- What do we do with this? Do we find some way to serve others around the world? Do we find some way to serve others locally? Do we not do anything but more let this change us somehow?
Hope this serves you. If you have another idea make sure to share it!