Teaching Worldview


By Kara Isaacson-McLean

view a sunset from the desert30 Hour Famine can be life changing. It creates an experience most teenagers would not ordinarily have being citizens of the United States. We’re pretty blessed in the U.S., but we also tend to live in a bubble. It’s easy to remember the experience of Famine during the few weeks that follow; but as your life returns to normal, things settle down, it’s just as easy to forget and the urgency wanes.

You can’t beat yourself up over this: you’re human, and so are your teenagers. When we don’t live something day-to-day or month-to-month, how can we remember the needs of others and maintain an emotional connection? It isn’t easy, but it is possible.  Here are some ideas:

  1. Make it a point to keep up on your world poverty facts. Keeping the facts top of mind can help keep it real throughout the year.
  2. Teach about the facts every quarter to keep your teenagers’ pulse on what is really going on in the world. They love to hear these updates; youth want to be challenged (they can handle it) and desire to make a difference in the world. They believe they can!
  3. Sponsor a child. It is only $30/month; and every time you see that payment, you’ll remember the experience you had and why this is as important as it is.
  4. Do local missions. Take your group to a soup kitchen or something like that once a month (maybe start with once a quarter and build from there). When they are reminded of others’ needs, they are impacted. Keep hunger in front of them.

The only way we can help our teens stay out of the bubble we live in is to build systems into it that help us remember what really goes on in the world. It’s too easy to slip back into being focused on our to-do lists and privileged “needs.” The enemy tries to distract us with. But really, those things don’t matter (the little argument with your friend, your broken phone, your job that you don’t really like).  What matters is what we do every day or month that impacts another life for the Kingdom. And, giving someone life, through food and other basic needs, is the work of the Kingdom. After all, we are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus!