Last week, I posted an article about doing something to help the world in need. Well, how about creating an event dedicated to this very topic, of being “World-Changers” and helping those across the world, from poverty to persecution, from sex slavery to sweatshops, and from forced child labor to forced child military.
Here’s an idea that might work for your student ministry…create a World In Need Event or WIN event. Get out your box cutter and open up this box, and inside you’ll find a kit to create this event.
Allow your students to open their worldview from pin hole to wide view lens. Not just in their sense and compassion of the world’s needs, but also compassion for the lost in far off countries, and faces and names to go with these issues.
Over the course of the year, I collect articles & stories of poverty, persecution, and problems across the world. My primary resource for these articles is Relevant Magazine, with the Reject Apathy project being a huge contributor. Other resources could include national news publications such as Time Magazine. Also, it may be a good idea to contact missionaries to see needs in their regions.
Dispatches from the Front DVD Series: This may need to be edited in some parts, because there are some issues that are more adult. However, this series is powerful to gain an inside look at other cultural issues, and provide a real view of these far places of persecution and unrest.
Finally, purchase Operation World. No, seriously. Put in your order right now, here. This will provide a valuable research during the prayer time of the WIN event. Did you buy it yet…do it!
Opener Video – Choose an opener video to introduce your event. I’ve used these: World Edition of How Great is Our God, First World Problems (this one is especially powerful), & Audio Adrenaline – Kings & Queens.
Main Bible Passage – Use a passage that depicts the compassion God urges us to have for those in need. Click here for some examples.
Presentations – Choose several world regions you would like to focus on helping. Dispatches from the Front provide numerous options of where there is persecution and needs. You can use these DVD’s to introduce the region and needs. Or you can use your research to provide areas of needs.
Presentations can be adult or student led. I would suggest doing the adult or youth leader led projects with a leadership student assisting. After doing this a year or two, move to student presentations.
Give the youth leader or student a packet with the research you have compiled over the year. Provide the location and problem/issue. Inside the packet, provide a cover sheet of what the presentation should include. For example: Project Assignment, Title for Presentation, Bible Verse or Main Passage – Short devotional & How verse relates to topic/presentation, Presentation of World Issue – Present the Problems, Give statistics, Provide visuals – pictures, videos, Provide Solution – What can the audience do? How can we help?, Close in Prayer
Preparation – Allow for several weeks and half your youth group time for students to collect their data and work on their presentations. With youth leaders, you will want to provide the material 1-2 months in advance to give them enough time to prepare their presentations. Choose a month where you can present the idea of helping others or loving others, and take time each week to pray for needs and problems in the world using your Operation World book that you just purchased earlier =)
Travel the World. Make it special. Have your leaders dress up as flight attendants and have students “fly” to their location for the presentations. Use your worship center or gym to provide space between presentations, or use separate rooms.
Provide tools. Allow each group to have access to internet and computer. This will allow them to show Power Point and/or videos to enhance their presentations.
Be Creative. Have each group bring in a cuisine or appetizer from their region. Bring in a missionary speaker from that region as your main speaker. Find someone who was originally from that culture who can speak from experience.
Summation: This WIN (World in Need) Event can provide an eye-opening experience for your students. Did they know about the epidemic of sexual slavery? Do your students realize the devastation of AIDS in Africa? Do they understand how good they have it with clean, hot water whenever they want it? Or most of all, how much do they take for granted their Bible in their hands and their freedom to worship, where many die for those two things? It’s time we take some time and wake up our young people to the needs of this world…and allow them do to something about it!