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Activity 2: Story — The Caican Water Project (10 minutes), Workshop 6: Hope, Compassion and Strength

In "Gather the Spirit," a Tapestry of Faith program

Materials for Activity

  • A copy of the story "The Caican Water Project"
  • Leader Resource 1, Aquifer
  • Optional: Model aquifer from Workshop 5, Alternate Activity 2, Make an Aquifer in a Cup

Preparation for Activity

  • Familiarize yourself with the story.
  • Print at least one copy of Leader Resource 1.

Description of Activity

Gather participants. Show and pass around the leader resource; explain it is a picture of an aquifer, an area of earth and rock that contains or moves water. If the group has done Workshop 5, Alternate Activity 2, Make an Aquifer in a Cup, display a model aquifer and remind the group how water moves and how contamination moves with the water.

Read or tell the story. Then, process with these questions:

  • Do you think any of the people in this story believe that each person is important? What did they do that makes you think so?
  • Why was it important to ask so many villagers their opinions? Why not just ask the people who attended the meetings?
  • Do you think it was wise to take so much time to plan how the village was going to improve the water situation? Wouldn't it have been a better idea for Rev. Mike's congregation to just pay for the new well without any involvement from the villagers? Why/why not?
  • What can we learn from the villagers about working together? What do you think the villagers taught others about working as a community?
  • What do you think the congregants in Hawaii thought about their contribution of money for the new well?
  • How does it feel to give?
  • Does this story inspire you to do anything new or different in your life? What?

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Last updated on Saturday, December 10, 2011.

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