Scripture: I Kings 16:29-17:24
- Students will learn hard times can happen even to those who follow God.
- Students will learn God does not desert us in hard times, but like He did for Elijah, God cares for us during difficult times.
- Students will learn God sometimes (but not always in the ways we want!) blesses us in earthly ways for our obedience.
- Students will learn how to grow food with different mulching materials.
Guiding Question: How can students learn to use different materials to help food grow?
Materials: Choose materials from the link given in the procedure section
Procedure: Review the story of Elijah from the scriptures above. Emphasize that even when life presents challenges, God will always be there for us and will take care of us. Remind students of the importance of obeying God. There are times where God will bless us in a special way because of our obedience to Him. This is not every single time we obey, but happens when it is part of God’s plan.
Help the students research methods for growing food when there is insufficient rainfall and no way to irrigate such as mulching with various materials (https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/gardening/a20706549/how-to-mulch-your-garden/). Have students plant a small garden and mulch the plants in different ways. Which way seems to work the best for giving plants the moisture they need when there isn’t enough rain?
Additional Questions: How do countries with limited rainfall grow food?
Supplemental Activity: Have the students research and present their findings on how countries around the world with limited rainfall use unique strategies for growing food.