Serving to Give Sight

Scripture: John 9:13-41

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will learn God cares about our problems.
  • Students will learn the vast majority of illness and disabilities from birth are not the result of the sin of the person who has them. They are the result of the curse placed an Adam and Eve that all mankind must die.
  • Students will learn nothing is impossible for God if it is within His will.
  • Students will complete a service project to provide glasses for those without.

Guiding Question: How does serving those with vision struggles show God’s love?

Materials: Old prescription eyeglasses, sunglasses, reading glasses

Procedure: Review the story of A Blind Man Healed from the scripture above. Explain to the students that because we live in a fallen world, there are illnesses and disabilities that many people have to deal with. It is important to remember that God will always provide and take care of us when we deal with problems. Even when things seem impossible, God will always be faithful even if it is in a way we dont expect.

Introduce the service project. Explain that many people around the world do not have perfect vision and need to wear contacts or glasses. Some of the students may need too as well! Tell the students that over a certain period of time (your choice), they will be collecting old prescription eyeglasses, sunglasses, reading glasses for a medical eye mission team or facility of your choosing. (Prior to the lesson, make contact with the mission team or facility to figure out items need, quantity, and timeline for needing them). Show students examples of each type of eyewear and explain why it is important to donate to those who do not have access to them or cannot afford them.

Additional Questions: How can students provide for another area of need?
Supplemental Activity: Have the students research different facilities or mission teams within their community they will accept donations of food, clothing, vision, etc.

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