Aim: To gain a better understanding of the world around us. A seniors project taken from BB The Challenge Plus+ Pro Pack - Community C-3
Aim: To see how much we know about world geography, Aim: To consider how our views of the world are shaped, Aim: To hear about somebody’s first hand experiences of travelling, Aim: To highlight how Jesus showed compassion and explore how this affects our relationships.
• Flip chart pad
• World maps/Globe
• Newspapers (with an international section)
• World maps
• ‘Everyone Needs Compassion (Mighty to Save)” by Ben Fielding & Reuben Morgan
• Internet Access
• Holiday brochures
Activity 1 - Where in The World
We all live on the same planet, but how much do we know about different cities around the UK and Republic of Ireland let alone countries around the world?
* Distribute flip chart paper and pens, or alternatively use a whiteboard.
• In groups draw an outline map of the British Isles,
• On the map, mark the cities of Edinburgh, London, Belfast, Cardiff and Dublin.
• Compare the maps and discuss any difficulties.
• Show a real map and compare. There could be a prize for the most accurate.
• Repeat the process, but this time draw an outline map of the world.
• Share a real world map and compare.
• Place ten countries on the map (UK, USA, Australia, Brazil, Kenya). If you don't really know have a guess.
• Identify major cities around the world.
• Compare with each other and an atlas.
• Why are some places easier to locate?
Looking at the real outline map think about:
• Which areas are developed/developing?
• Where would you like/not like to live?
• Where is there conflict/peace?
• Where is there poverty/wealth?
Discuss the reasons for the answers
- Make sure that you have an atlas with you to give the correct answers.
Tips / Advice:
Remember to challenge any stereotypical comments or prejudice.
Activity 2 - World Wide
When we think of the world it is often only from our own perspective. However it is a big place!
• Identify the Middle Last and Far East on a world map.
• Why do we use the terms Middle East and Far East? If you lived in Hong Kong, where are you Far East from?
Often we have a Euro centric view of the globe. Think about:
• How often do news stories from other parts of the world reach us?
• Do we receive more news about some countries than others?
• Are some countries never mentioned?
Use a week’s newspapers. Look through and identify the countries that are featured in the International News section. Form a tally chart on the map for every time a country appears in the news.
• Why are these countries mentioned?
At the time of writing, the civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo was killing 45,000 people per month.
• How much coverage does this receive?
• Would it be the same if it was happening in the USA?
Identify an issue of world importance that gets very little coverage.
Collect newspapers for the week leading up to the session.
Remember to challenge any stereotypical comments or prejudice
Activity 3 - Experience
Invite someone to come and talk to the group about their experiences of travelling abroad- This could be a member of the church, a SB leader, an ex member who has been on a gap year etc. This might include pictures, tales from their travels and a question & answer session.
• Make sure that you prepare some questions in advance and research the country that the person had travelled to.
• Find someone appropriate to talk to the group.
Tips / Advice:
Try and choose someone who has been somewhere for a reason other than holidaying
Christian Faith Link - Compassion
• If you hear the word compassion, what do you think of?
• Compassion means to suffer with — How does this relate to travel in pans of the world afflicted by poverty? Are we just a passer by?
• Read Matthew 9:36 (Jesus has compassion for the people as he passes among them).
• Jesus’ compassion addressed both the spiritual roots and social consequences of people’s problems. In Luke 4:18-19 he quotes from Isaiah:
The spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
because the Lord has anointed me;
he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed,
to bind up the broken hearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and release to the prisoners;
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour
• Are there times when we are oppressed or captive?
• What can these words mean in addition to the literal meaning?
God made individuals with an inbuilt responsibility for the Earth, its people and resources. Play ‘Everyone Needs Compassion (Mighty to Save)” by Ben Fielding and Reuben Morgan:
• How can we bring good news to others?
• How can we suffer with others on our journeys?
Pray that God will be with us as we act in ways that show the Kingdom of God now to all people.
There are a number of issues that could be selected to explore the issue of globalisation, e.g. world trade, child labour aid etc. This project example looks at tourism, but if one of these other issues is more appropriate then feel free to explore that.
• What do you think of if you say the following .... ? (e.g. men, women, Americans, elderly people, Chinese etc.)
• Are there stereotypes that are built upon prejudices?
• How does this influence our view of parts of the world?
• Where have you travelled around the world? Identify on a world map places where you have been as tourists. Look at the trends that emerge. There may be a member of the group who has taken or intends to take a gap year travelling.
• What experiences have you had?
• What knowledge of local culture, customs and people did you experience?
• Looking at some holiday brochures, what do these brochures emphasise? Is it possible to identify experiences that emphasise the culture of the country to be visited?
• What are the costs and benefits of tourism? Does this depend on whether you are the tourist or host? If the tourism is designed for the benefit of the poor, it can reap large benefits for the local area and its people — if it is managed for the richer sections of society and governments, it can destroy the livelihoods of local people and the natural environment.
• If some tourism is seen as exploitative of the local environment and people should it be stopped? Would this deprive already poor people of essential incomes?
• Develop a role play/sketch to show the issues surrounding tourism to be shown in a church service or to other members of the Company.
• Develop Guidelines for Sensitive Tourism’ encouraging others to become responsible for their actions whilst abroad.
Tips / Advice:
• Be aware of cultural diversity within your own group.
For full details see BB Seniors Challenge Plus Pro Pack Community C3