Helping Flood Victims

Scripture: Genesis 5-9

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will review the story of Noah
  • Students will learn that although God promised He would never destroy the entire earth by flood again, He did not say there would be no local flooding
  • Students will learn the challenges victims face after a flood
  • Students will participate in an activity to serve victims of floods

Guiding Question: What supplies do flood victims need to begin recovering after the waters recede?

Materials: Materials will vary depending upon the size and scope of your project. See ideas below.

Procedure: Review the story of Noah, focusing especially on what happened when Noah and his family left the Ark. Ask the students what Noah and his family needed to do to start their lives over again. Remind students that although God promised He would never flood the entire earth again, He did not promise there would be no local flooding. Explain what happens in an area after flood waters recede (houses full of mud, water, and debris, etc.) Help students prepare a campaign to collect supplies to help flood victims. Make sure you have contacted an organization who is willing to distribute the flood recovery kits for you if you are unable to do it. Once your students have collected items, consider gathering needed items into separate kits. Placing items in boxes or plastic tubs will make distribution easier. (Check with distributer to see if they have special requirements.) If time allows, also have students write and decorate notes of encouragement. Consider placing a Bible with encouraging verses marked in each kit.

Suggested Items for Flood Recovery Kit:

First aid supplies – especially bandages, tweezers and hibiclens
Non-perishable foods and can opener
Plastic or disposable dishes and silverware
Bottled water
Sweat pants, t-shirts, jeans, socks and sneakers in a variety of sizes
Blankets or sleeping bags
Tools- especially hammers, pliers, screw drivers, wrenches, shovels
Buckets, rags and bottles of bleach
Large heavy duty trash bags
Toiletries – toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, razors, shampoo
Paper products – toilet paper, paper towels
Safety equipment – flash lights, crank generator for charging phones, goggles, face masks (construction)

Additional Question: In what additional ways can Christians serve victims of floods?

Supplemental Activity: Have students research and brainstorm other creative ways of serving victims of floods. Encourage them to find a way to put one of their ideas into action.