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Submitted: Fr Bruce Willes

A little bit of preparation is needed the day before and possibly someone who is good a drawing. But I have found this talk always captivates the children and certainly brings home the difference between poorer counties and our own.

On pieces of white card draw the entire amount of food that a ‘normal’ person in the west enjoys each day. For example: (Breakfast)A cup of tea, toast in a rack, pot of jam, plate of egg and bacon. (Coffee Break) Cup of coffee, biscuit or cake. (Lunch) Burger and chips, glass of cola, cheesecake or yoghurt. (Teatime) Cup of tea, and a sandwich. (Dinner) Starter, plate with main meal plus pudding etc., (Supper or bedtime snack) Cup of coco. As you can see the list is quite long and each item once drawn needs to be cut out and made to stand up by adding a small triagle of card to the back of the cut out. You will also need an old tin can and a small bowl of rice (I add a few stones and dirt to this). Finally a jug or bottle with dirty water in it.

Begin by asking for 2 volunteers. The first can be shown to a seat set at the side of a table. The second is given the old tin can and told to start walking around the church or hall. Now as the child sets off on his journey the first child can be given his breakfast. Each item shown clearly for all to see. The child holding the can will probably return and expect it to end there but tell him to keep going – and serve the other child with his coffee break. This is repeated until the whole days meal is served. When everything is on the table (don’t remove any of the meals) the child with the can is told that he has walked far enough and arrived at the place he needs to be to get all his food for the day. At this point fill his can with the dirty water and offer him the bowl of dirty rice. Then tell him that he has to walk back home in order to share this with his family.

I leave it to you to expand on what everyone has just witnessed – but I have always found it to be a very powerful and moving sermon.


Posted August 29, 2010 by dgbmcc in Harvest

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