I think God knew what he was doing when He included Primary girls in the audience when the new initiative “I Was a Stranger” was announced at the General Women’s Meeting in March 2016. I think God knows that children have something important to contribute to this good work. Not only that, but the Sharing Time theme for the very next month was “Jesus Christ is the perfect example for me.” And what did Jesus do? He served others with love.
You may have already noticed our blog post Serving as Jesus Served: Sharing Time project or family activity, with ideas for pint-sized service projects, with new ideas directly related to the new #IWasAStranger initiative. For example, one ward Relief Society in my area recently did a service project for refugees through a local community organization. They put together bags of items children could play with or might need during the refugee screening process. Primary children could help collect the items or decorate the bags.
“I Was A Stranger” (available in multiple languages) has suggestions of how folks can get involved (scroll to the bottom of the webpage and look for “Getting Involved”). Some ideas are as simple and child-friendly as this:
- Make a new friend
- Do something you enjoy with someone new
- Invite someone to your family night
We hope you’ll prayerfully read that website, and see what you feel inspired to teach your Primary about service, perhaps even about refugees in age-appropriate ways. Remind the children about times when they were strangers and how much they appreciated people helping them feel at home.
Also see the Church News article, Teaching Kids About Refugees: Every One of Us is a Child of God.
And now a question for you: Have you read any children’s books that taught the concepts addressed in I Was A Stranger? Any child-friendly service projects in your area?
Yours in this great work,