Scripture: 1 Kings 10 and 2 Chronicles 9
- Students will review the Story of Solomon and the King of Sheba.
- Students will collect Bibles and Christian books to donate to people who have difficulty accessing Bibles and books.
Guiding Question: How can we help spread God’s Biblical wisdom to other people?
Materials: Christian books and Bibles, organization or shelter to donate them to
Procedure: Review the story of Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. Focus on how she was so in awe of his wisdom and God-given blessings that she traveled a long distance and brought many gifts just to learn from him. Explain how our Christian lives should inspire others to want to learn more about God too. Explain that the students have an opportunity to collect and donate Bibles and Christian books to people who otherwise might not have the opportunity to read about God. Have students bring in books to donate to a local urban ministry or shelter. If your church sends missionaries to other countries, students can collect Bibles to send to other countries. Students can organize books by age/reading level. Students can write encouragement notes to the receiver to let them know that they hope they enjoy the book and are praying for them. Place these in the front cover. Before sending the book, pray over them as a group. Discuss with students how reading can change a person’s life and how they think that the stories will encourage the reader.
If time and resources are available, take students to a thrift store or recycled book store to purchase gently used books together. (This can be a life-skills shopping opportunity too.)
Additional Question: Which Bible stories have had an impact on your life? In what way?
Supplemental Activity: Students can provide peer tutoring through reading. Check for opportunities and programs at local libraries. Some libraries have extra rooms for events. Students can read to younger children. Bookstores, community centers, shelters, and malls are other places to set up an opportunity. Make sure that if your students are reading to other students, they pre-select the book and practice reading it with expression and fluency beforehand. Discuss ways of reading with emotion, voice, projection, and how to display the picture for others to see. Another option could be to prepare and perform a skit based on a story for children at a library.