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Introduction, Session 7: The Gift Of Helping

In "Wonderful Welcome," a Tapestry of Faith program

Life's most urgent question is: What are you doing for others?

— Martin Luther King, Jr.

This session introduces the intangible gift of helping, and teaches children that they can help people they have never met, as well as people they know. While helping is an intangible gift, helping produces tangible results. Many organizations raise funds and offer assistance in many forms to people all over the world. Heifer International provides tangible help in the form of animals, and engages families in sustainable agricultural enterprise. Recipients help their families by feeding their children and selling the animal's milk, eggs, or wool, and also help their neighbors by sharing the animal's offspring.

The children will learn that when we help people, we affirm our seventh Principle, the interdependent web of all existence. We are all connected — to each other, to animals and to the Earth. Helping also affirms our first Principle, that each person is important, including people we may never meet, and our second Principle, that we work for peace and justice in our world.

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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.

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