This particular reading was about changing our perspective on how we view poverty and our contribution towards making a difference. It leant itself well to an hands on demonstration, and so we gathered the necessary supplies.
We can view poverty as one big problem - one big bucket that needs to be filled OR we can view the individuals living in poverty as tiny buckets that need to be filled.
I gave each girl a glass of water (not big by any means) to represent the resources God has given them.
When they poured their water into the large bucket, it hardly made a difference. It would take a lot of water to fill this bucket. Much more than the one cup they were given.
Then I let each girl use their water to fill the three smaller buckets - representing children we sponsor through Compassion.
Each girl was able to fill each smaller bucket to the top, and they had water left over.
I love how easy this demonstration was. And although I'm not one who usually takes the time to do things like this, I think it made a lasting impression on each of us. I also really like the visual of pouring ourselves out to do the work God has equipped us to do.