Why Should I Help My Neighbor?

by Ryan Timpte

Categories: Youth Ministry

Last summer, the kids at Vacation Bible Camp were asked during their Mission rotation the question, “Why should you help your neighbor?” This question guided them through the week as we learned what a neighbor is and the fears that might keep us from reaching out to help them. We heard from Pastor Lauren Gully about the special situation of refugees in the world, and we partnered with Blythe Rafael at the East Bay Refugee Forum to put together over 300 toiletry kits for refugees arriving right here in the Bay Area.

There are many answers to the question, “Why should you help your neighbor?” You might know them personally. You might have shared interests, or a shared faith. Your kids might play together, or you might work together, or you might not even know them at all. What we learned at Vacation Bible Camp is that the one thing that connects us all, no matter what, is that we are all created in the image of God.

As we close out the month of January and its virtue of Knowledge – learning something new so you can be better at whatever you do, we wanted to share with you the videos we used during Vacation Bible Camp to teach our kids about the importance of helping our neighbor. When we learn more about others, we learn more about the character of God – and we encounter God in the connection, too.

Watch these videos as a family, talk about the questions they pose, and then decide how your family might help your neighbor this week:

Day 1: Why should I help my neighbor?

Day 2: How do I help if I’m afraid?

Day 3: What’s a refugee?

Day 4: What do refugees need?

Day 5: How can I help this summer?