Tom and Nancy’s oldest child, Beatrice, shows us how to cook a meal—Ugandan style!*
We can live from enough by following in Jesus’ footsteps and caring for those in need.
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.” Matthew 25:34–35
As we close our Step Into My Shoes journey, let’s look at how Jesus calls us to care for others and ask God how we might take a next step to care for people in poverty.
*This step is great to do with another family. Consider making a meal to share together. You could make a Ugandan style meal or have a potluck. If you decide to make a Ugandan meal, consider having rice, a roast chicken and boiled vegetables, such as greens. Here is a recipe for a popular African snack to serve as an appetizer.
- Vegetable oil
- 6 plantains
Peel and thinly slice the plantains. Heat enough oil to cover the bottom of a frying pan on medium heat. Add plantains. Fry several minutes on each side until lightly browned. Place on paper towels and salt to taste. Serve with hot sauce, if desired. Serves 8-10.
READ MATTHEW 25:34–40
Say: In this passage, Jesus says that whatever we do for “the least of these brothers and sisters” we actually do for him. That’s pretty amazing!
- How does what Jesus says change the way you feel about helping others?
- What do you think our motivation should be in helping others?
WATCH “ENOUGH FOOD”:
- How did Beatrice feel when she met her family’s need with a hot meal?
- How do you feel when you meet someone’s need?
Say: When we’re finished with today’s step, we are going to pray the Lord’s Prayer again. In the prayer, we ask God to give us enough for the day.
- Do you think our family has enough? Why or why not? (Encourage kids to think about more than just material things.) Sometimes we have more than enough; we have extra.
- Do you think our family has extra of some things? What are some examples?
- If God has given us enough, how might our overflow of “enough” meet someone else’s “not enough”?
Say: Let’s commit to taking one practical step as a family to care for those in need. It could be as simple as scheduling regular family prayer for children in need around the world or as elaborate as planning a family fundraiser.
Refer to page 40 for some ideas to get you started. After you have decided on a way that you think God is calling you to help others, create a way to capture that decision. Here are some ways to commemorate your decision:
Ideas for kids:
- Trace your foot on a piece of construction paper, cut it out and write your action step on it. Put it somewhere that you will see every day.
- Draw a picture of your idea, and hang it on your fridge.
- Ask for God’s help with your commitment when you pray before dinner or before bed each night.
Ideas for parents:
- Pull out your calendar and make note of the important dates or monthly commitment you are making.
- Share your experience and commitment on social media and ask your friends to hold you accountable.
- Include your commitment in your morning or evening prayers each day.
PRAY THE LORD’S PRAYER
Say: Jesus invites us to ask God, “Let your kingdom come, let your will be done on earth.” When we pray that, we’re asking God to show us how to bring healing and hope for everyone—including people who live hard lives because of poverty. We’re also praying for the day when Jesus will make all things new. Let’s ask God to use our “enough” as a way to participate in His Kingdom now.