Another day, another lesson at Summer Sunday School at Our Savior Hawaii! Today, we are going to learn more about Peru and explore the importance of rain and the challenges it brings sometimes too. We will also hear about patience and how God is with us, giving us strength.
Supplies for Today
- Clear plastic cups (1 per child)
- Dirt (potting soil works best)
INSERT REVIEW VIDEO BY KAYLA explaining what we talked about last week, preview of this week
Let's sing our theme song!
LEARN ABOUT IT Patience
Today we’re learning that God gives us patience. To have patience means we’re able to wait for something. That’s hard to do—especially if we’re waiting for something fun or exciting like a birthday or our favorite app to load! It’s even hard to wait for a pizza to be delivered to our house or to get our food in the drive-through line. Other times, life may be hard and we have to wait for things to get better—like waiting for your dad to find a job, or waiting for your broken arm to heal.
Sometimes it feels like forever when we have to wait for something! But today’s Bible verse comes from Psalm 27:14. It says:
Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!
God knows exactly what we’re going through— always!—and he’ll be there to help us. Always! God wants us to trust him and wait for the good that he has for us.
Discuss: What are some ways that you have had to be patient? How did you get through it? Who helped you? Did God help you be patient? How?
LEARN ABOUT Hector
Last week, we met Sharith and her brother Neil, new friends from Peru. Today we’re going to meet another friend from Peru named Hector.
Discuss: Is you life like Hector's? How are they similar or different? What are times that Hector has to wait? What good gifts did you see that God has given Hector?
God gives good gifts to Hector, andGod gives us good gifts. In our passage, God tells us, “Wait patiently for the Lord.” That means that no matter what we’re waiting for, and even if it seems like we’re waiting forever, God will be with us. God knows exactly what we need and he’ll give us patience. God’s plans are worth waiting for!
LEARN ABOUT IT Rain in Peru
Water plays a huge role in everyday life for kids here in Hawaii and for kids like Hector in Peru. Let’s think about water that doesn’t come from our faucets, though. What about water that comes from the sky? Like every place on the planet, Peru has seasons. What is your favorite season? Why?
If you lived in some parts of Peru, you’d pretty much have two seasons—the dry season and the rainy season. In the Amazon rainforest, you could get as much as 100 inches of rain every year! That’s like 9 feet of rain! Imagine what it would it be like to go to school when it’s raining that much. Or play sports. Or do your chores.
Rain definitely forces kids in Peru to be patient and wait for things. It’s a good thing that God gives us patience! Another reason some kids have to wait is because they live along one of the rivers in the Amazon. Just about everything these people need has to come up the river from bigger cities. Kids like Hector can’t just run to the store if they need something. Let’s take a look at some of the things that have to travel by river.
Things like food, clothing, and even people have to travel by river, and that can take a long, long time. What would be the hardest to wait for from the video? What is the hardest thing for you to wait for now? Why do you think God doesn’t always give us what we want right away?
EXPERIENCE IT Waiting for Water
In many Peruvian villages, families scoop their drinking and washing water from a lake or river. That water is dirty. Some of that dirt you can see—sticks, sand, small rocks, or leaves. But there’s some dirt you can’t see—stuff that comes from animals who live in or near the water. Or things left from people who’ve washed their clothes, bodies, or other belongings in the water. Let's see what that's like.
- Hand out clear cups of water, one to each child.
- Put a little dirt in each cup of water. Ask the kids if they'd like to drink it.
- Wait for a while, watching as the dirt falls to the bottom of the cup.
Villagers have to wait for the things in the water to settle to the bottom so they’re not drinking sticks and mud. Sometimes we have to wait, because it’s not the right time yet—good things or better things are coming. The Bible says, “Wait patiently for the Lord.” We have to trust in God’s timing and God’s plan. Sometimes it’s hard to be patient. But God loves us so much He doesn’t want us to experience frustration, temper tantrums, and getting in trouble just because we can’t wait. That’s why God gives us patience. But we have to practice being patient, like counting to 10 when we’re upset.
Discuss: What do you do when you’re impatient? How can being patient help you in your friendships at school? At home?
PRAY ABOUT IT
Pray: Heavenly Father, thank you for always being with us. Please give us patience when we are doing hard things and give us your grace when we struggle. We ask that you would heal the sick and protect the healthy. Help us grow closer to you in all that we do. Amen.
Challenge: Where will you see God this week? What are ways that God is wanting you to be patient?