How To Teach Your Child About Poverty

Food for the Hungry’s new eBook, Seven Lessons to Teach Your Kids About Serving the Poor by Jeremy Reis, can help you have some fun with the children in your life while giving them important lessons on compassion. It contains seven days of great resources and fun games that Jeremy and his wife invented to teach their own children.

Jeremy and Jennica have sponsored a child for each of their seven children (ages 18 months to 14 years). Being a fun-loving family, the parents have come up with creative ways to help their children internalize the idea of compassion, whether through child sponsorship or by choosing a creative gift through he FH Gift Catalog, from which they’ve chosen things like guinea pigs, plastic shoes, and earthworms as part of their Christmas celebrations.

The parents wanted to share a few of the inventive ways they’ve installed love and compassion into their children. Food for the Hungry is happy to present their free eBook containing a seven-day guide that includes:

  • DAY 1: You Can Make a Difference
    Your children will be able to interact with a child from a different culture and see how she lives…expanding your child’s understanding about poverty. You’ll even be able to make a paper airplane together!
  • DAY 2: A Heart for Giving
    God provides us our Skittles – how we choose to use them reflects our heart for giving. You’ll treat your kids to a game of Skittles using the different colors to spark conversation about how God provides.
  • DAY 3: What Causes Poverty
    The answer may surprise you. Poverty is breakdown of relationships. Today, you can play a game that illustrates the hard choices people in poverty face, and you’ll get to cook a dish from another culture!
In the Community Board Game

The In the Community board game will help you teach your children about pulling together to end poverty!

  • DAY 4: Clean Water is Life
    Your child will learn that the human body is made up of about 60 percent water. Clean water is one of the most important things for life to exist. Yet, nearly one billion people around the world do not have access to clean and safe water in their communities. Your child will learn how to be a good steward of the resources God created.
  • DAY 5: Bugs, Worms and Other Yucky Things 
    We’ll show you a not-gross way to teach your child about dangerous worms (like intestinal). These are often found in communities that lack clean water, good quality soaps and cleaning supplies, among others. These worms can often lead to a number of health problems. You’ll finish the day with some nice artwork to send to your sponsored child!
  • DAY 6: But, God…?
    From the Bible’s story about the loaves and the fishes, your child will learn about how God can provide for us even when we have only a little. To illustrate the point, you and your child will plant seeds together, giving you the opportunity to talk about how God provides in His own timing.
  • DAY 7: Praying For the Most Vulnerable
    With the knowledge your child has gained this week, we can look to God for ways to help repair what’s not working. Your child will have learned that God wants us to be cheerful givers, and that helping people become stronger feels good because it’s an opportunity given to us by God.

We look forward to sharing with you the lessons with which Jeremy and Jennica have been able to help their own seven kids develop generous and caring hearts!


7 Lessons to Teach Your Kids About Serving the PoorSeven Lessons to Teach Your Kids About Serving the Poor

We all want our children to develop generous and caring hearts, but how do you teach them about love and compassion in tangible ways?

Food for the Hungry has developed a free eBook to help you do just that!

With Seven Lessons to Teach Your Kids About Serving the Poor, a free eBook download from Food for the Hungry, you’ll discover:

  • Lessons that instill compassion from a biblical viewpoint.
  • Devotionals that help your child discover God’s heart for the poor.
  • Fun activities that show your children how they can put their compassion into action to make a difference for people in need.
  • And a Scripture verse for each day.

Download Your Free eBook Now!