Plan to do this kick-off craft early in your lesson on compassion. You’ll begin by making a special poster – a poster that encourages your children to fast from junk food for a week so you can use the money saved to buy food for your local food bank. (If your family already lives junk food free, consider fasting from another privilege instead.)
Your goal is to put into practice the concept of “true fasting” from Isaiah 58:6-7, with particular emphasis on the Scripture verses that say:
Is not this the fast that I choose . . . to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him . . .?”
Fasting is giving up a need or desire in order to honour God. Many people fast by not eating any food at all for a period of time – they might give up food for a day, or a week, or sometimes even a month.
God asks us to care for the needs of others when we fast. So for this part of our lesson on compassion, we’re going to help others in a special way – by giving up junk food for a week. Then we can use the money we saved on junk food to buy food for people in our area who don’t have enough food to eat.
Isaiah 58:6-7 “
Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?”