Welcome back to Summer Family Sunday School at Our Savior Hawaii! This week starts our adventure through the beautiful country of Peru. Today, we will learn about where Peru is and some of its customs, as well as an animal that is important to Peru's history. We will explore God's good gifts and the comfort that He gives.
Supplies for Today
- Various hats or socks or mittens (things that portray warmth and comfort)
- A bowl of ice cubes (one for each child)
Let's sing our new theme song!
LEARN ABOUT IT Where is Peru?
Peru is an amazing place that’s awfully far away! You can’t walk there, and you can’t drive there—at least from here! You have to take a looong plane trip to get there! Everyone stick out your arms like an airplane and let’s fly to Peru. Be careful not to crash into your neighbor! Allow a few seconds for kids to “fly.” You’ve made it! Welcome to Peru! Now that we’re here, let’s take a closer look at this amazing place.
Wow! Peru looks like such a colorful and fun place to visit. It’s really far away from here. Let me explain. We’re in Hawaii, which is in the United States. To get to Peru, we have to leave Hawaii and travel south to another continent called South America! When you travel to a far away country like Peru, you need what’s called a passport. A passport is a document issued by the United States that says you can legally visit other countries and then get back into the United States. What kinds of trips have you taken? Maybe you visited family in another state, or maybe you went camping nearby.
As you saw on our video, Peru looks beautiful, but there’s much more to discover about this exciting country—and the kids who live there. In Peru, when people meet each other, they say “hola” (OH-la). Greet your friends, and practice saying “hola” as if you were in Peru! Let’s find out some other special things about Peru.
LEARN ABOUT Neil and Sharith
Most of us have never been to Peru, so we can only imagine what it’s like. Or maybe we could find facts from websites or books. But what if we could learn about Peru from kids who actually live there? Let’s watch a video to learn about Neil and Sharith (“Sharith” is pronounced “shah-REET”), kids just like you who live in Peru. Neil and Sharith are brother and sister—10-year-old twins, in fact! As you watch, look for ways their lives are the same or different from your own.
Discuss: How are Neil and Sharith’s lives like or unlike your daily life? Neil and Sharith may not have as many toys or as much money as some kids here do. But they have God, just like we do! And God comforts Neil and Sharith, just as he comforts us! No matter what we’re going through, God loves us and will comfort us. This week you’ll find that kids in Peru are a lot like you…but they also do things that are different from kids here in Hawaii. Of course, just like here, everyday life can be different depending on where you live in your country. Some kids live in big, modern cities, and some kids live in the jungle.
Kids like Neil and Sharith know that God is good. He takes care of us and guides us. He comforts us and provides everything we need. God’s love and comfort are with us wherever we go and through whatever is happening.
TALK ABOUT IT Animals in Peru
One thing that’s part of everyday life for most kids is animals. What pets do you have? Aside from pets, what other animals do you see most often in parks or fields here in Hawaii? Depending on where you are in Peru, it’s likely you’ll see this guy somewhere.
This is a llama—he has a cousin that looks a lot like him, called an alpaca. Both of them are related to camels. Alpacas and llamas are both pretty common in Peru. They’re not always pets—you’ll even see them in the wild. Let’s take a look at llamas!
Discuss: What did you see the llamas doing? What do you think would be awesome about having a llama in your backyard?
EXPERIENCE IT Llama Wool
Today we’re learning that God gives us comfort. There’s something about llamas that’s definitely comforting. Llama's have wool that is comforting, soft, thick—and as you could see on those fluffy fellows, there’s a lot of it! That comes in handy because a lot of places in Peru are cold and wet.
- Give each child a piece of ice from a bowl and tell them to hold it firmly in their hand (don't change hands!)
- After a minute, let them their ice back in the bowl. How do their hands feel?
- Give them each an article of warm clothing to put their hand in. Now how do their hands feel?
- Have each child tell of a time when they were cold and needed warmth. What comforted them?
If you lived in Peru, you might have a blanket made from llama’s wool. Or mittens. Or a warm hat. That soft, cozy wool is pretty comforting when it’s cold outside. These articles of clothing might not be made out of llama wool, but they still provide warmth and comfort, just like llama wool! But there’s another way that llamas offer comfort—something that might sort of surprise you!
LEARN ABOUT IT Llama Burdens
In some parts of Peru, there are really, really, really tall mountains. These are called the Andes mountains.
A long time ago, a people called the Incas lived in Peru. They made villages way up in those high, high mountains. That meant they had to carry all their things all the way up those mountains. Let’s see how you like carrying heavy things. The Incas learned that it was good to have help carrying those burdens! A llama can carry about 100 pounds - that's more than 10 gallons of milk! Plus, they’re really good at going up and down steep mountainsides. Today, people aren’t building villages in the mountains, but they do need help carrying things. In some parts of Peru, people don’t have cars. Imagine you make blankets or grow potatoes and you sell them at a local market. How can you get piles of blankets or hundreds of pounds of potatoes to the market? It would be a great comfort to have a strong animal like a llama!
LEARN ABOUT IT God's Comfort
Sometimes we think of comfort as soft and gentle. Like a cozy blanket or your mom’s hand on your forehead when you have a fever. But the Bible tells us this about God’s comfort in 2 Corinthians 1:4.
“He comforts us in our troubles so that we can comfort others.”
Sometimes comfort is sharing our strength with someone who’s struggling. God gives us comfort, but we can pass that comfort along to others by helping them—or just being with them—through hard times. God has put so many people in your life—right around you—who you can comfort every day. God comforts you—carrying your heavy burdens and walking with you. You can comfort others in the same way.
Discuss: When has someone comforted you when you were going through a hard time? How did you feel? How can we comfort others? How does God comfort us?
PRAY ABOUT IT
Pray: God, we’re so thankful that you’re strong enough to carry our hurts, our sadness, and everything that makes life hard. That’s so comforting! Help each of us share that comfort with hurting people in our lives. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Challenge: Where will you see God this week? Can you find a time to comfort someone struggling?