5 Things you can do to help your elementary-aged children to increase their heart for the extreme poor.

Try these suggestions to improve your child’s heart for the extreme poor.  These have worked for my kids.  Suggest your own by adding a comment.

1.       When a story of poverty or disaster is on the news, pull out a world map and find the country and look up some interesting facts about the country at https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/.

2.       Have the whole family memorize Isaiah 58:10, use motions to reinforce each phrase.

3.       Choose a project to support from a Christian organization that helps the poor with their physical needs and their spiritual need to know Christ.  Explain to your children that the best way to help the poor is to not only give something for their immediate needs, but also to be concerned for their eternal condition.

4.       A child’s heart of compassion grows naturally as she is empowered to do something about other children who are poor:  Look for needs that are practical and personal; donating food, coats, or blankets.  Let the kids do the work of collecting and delivering.

5.        Regularly model thankfulness with praises to God for the blessings of your house, clothes, car, food, etc.   If you recognize the small blessings, they will too.  A thankful heart is a compassionate heart.

C.H. Dyer

About C.H. Dyer

I am the CEO of Bright Hope. I am dedicated to helping those who earn less than $1.00 a day. There are one billion people in my target market (the extreme poor) and I could use some help. I am a Christian, father of three (two are internationally adopted), entrepreneur, speaker, improving writer and amateur photographer.

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