Where Children Sleep - For After Your Mission Trips

Kara Powell | Aug 22, 2011

One of the really important findings in our Deep Justice research is that we as parents and youth leaders need to help kids’ mission and service experiences last longer than normal. If the kids in your life did a short-term mission trip or service day sometime earlier this summer, it might already feel like a distant memory. Part of what wise youth leaders and parents do is think about how to keep the conversation and the memories alive.

My husband send me this fascinating short set of pictures from “Life” Magazine entitled “Where Children Sleep”. It shows pictures of kids’ bedrooms all over the world, ranging from kids who have more stuff than your kids do to kids who are sleeping on primitive cots on dirt floors.

As you click through these slides with kids, ask questions like:

-How do these pictures connect with or remind you of what you experienced this summer?

-How do you feel about your own house and bedroom having seen these slides?

-Are there any actions you want to take or consider at this point?

If it feels appropriate, share how you feel about your own bedroom, having seen these pictures of kids’ bedrooms from around the world. Maybe you can together agree with your students to make certain giving or service commitments this fall.

Kara Powell

Dr. Kara Powell is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI), a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary, and Fuller's Chief of Leadership Formation. Named by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women You Should Know,” Kara serves as a Youth and Family Strategist for Orange, and also speaks regularly at parenting and leadership conferences. Kara is the author or coauthor of a number of books, including Growing Young, Growing With, The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family, Sticky Faith Curriculum, Can I Ask That?, Deep Justice Journeys, Deep Justice in a Broken World, Deep Ministry in a Shallow World, and the Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum. Kara lives with her husband Dave and their three children, Nathan, Krista, and Jessica, in Southern California.


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