God’s Heart for the Poor

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This December, our chapel speaker Mrs. Aldag planned a special CSL event for all middle school students. Before chapel, students were each given 1 sticker. The stickers had 5 different colors, representing percentages of the population of the world. In chapel, students were grouped together according to the color of stickers. Now we had 5 pods of students, and each group will represent 20% of the world’s population. We used “candy” as the unit representing money. Mrs. Aldag scattered 80% of the candy on one group and passed one or two candies to other groups. Instantly, everyone felt the intensity of unfairness.

Everyone grew silent at hearing, “This is what is happening now in our world.”

Students discussed among their small groups about, “What does this make you feel? What does this make you think about?” Yes, the groups that only got a few candies felt marginalized. Students started to think about people of extreme poverty, absolute poverty, and relative poverty. We realized how God can use the poor to show his Glory. We reflected on the miracle of Jesus feeding the five housand. Malachi 3:10 tells us (representing the poor) “not to be afraid because the Lord almighty is with us.”

“‘Test me in this’, says the Lord Almighty , ‘ and see if I will throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.'”-God has a plan for everyone!

Even the groups that got 80% of the candy felt the power of compassion and service. We reflected on how each of us in the room is wealthy, and we suddenly realize our true passion of serving the poor. We understand that there is no right or wrong in being rich. We shouldn’t feel guilty about it: it is God’s plan to put us in this position, but he desires that we use our wealth to bless others!

Article written by 8th grade student, David L.