www.maranatha.org -- This week, we’ll meet Denis Silber, a second grade teacher in Stockton, California. Denis noticed that toward the end of the school year, sometimes his students at Clairmont Elementary would lose focus and start getting into trouble. He thought it would be great if they could focus their energies on trying to help others instead. Denis suggested that they raise money for Maranatha to build a school in Honduras, and the students and his fellow teachers bought in. They even started friendly competitions between classrooms to keep up their motivation. As your children watch this story, they’ll see how a group of kids can make a big difference when they work together, and consider how they might make a difference of their own.
Pre-video Discussion Questions
- Have you ever been a part of a musical group, sports team, drama production or another type of group working toward a common goal? What did you enjoy about working together with the people in the group? What is hard about having to work with others to reach a goal?
Introduce the Video
In today’s video, students in California work together to help raise funds for a school in Honduras.
Post-video Discussion Questions
- Why do you think the friendly competition was so useful in helping the students raise money?
- In the Bible, Jesus’ disciples also got competitive at times, but not in a good way. They wanted to see who was most important, but Jesus always showed them how important it was to help others instead. Are there people or a problem in your town, neighborhood, church, or school that you could help? Are there some friends, classmates, or neighbors you could invite to join you as you work to make a difference?
- Help us to find opportunities to work with others to make a difference for You.
- Ask kids what they would add to the prayer list.
Did You Know?
- The school in Honduras that the kids raised money for is called Escuela Educativo Ideal Adventista - Choluteca. Maranatha built a large school building with numerous classrooms, as well as dozens of smaller classrooms, for a total of 42 classrooms! What’s more, 1,370 volunteers helped at this school as well.