This year during the holiday season, my family is celebrating what we call a week of poverty. My husband and I decided to educate ourselves and our children about poverty during the holidays because many people go hungry and cold while we have plenty.
On Thanksgiving Day we had a family time of devotion where we shared with our boys that the first week of December would be our poverty week project. To begin the week of poverty we held a family devotion on Monday and again the following Monday as we ended the week.
Our budget of $50 for the entire week was quickly consumed in just gas and parking fees. The heater was turned off and we only ate what was in the pantry. There were no trips to the grocery store for the entire week. Showers were cut short and entertainment eliminated for the week. My children’s lunches were homemade and simple.
During the week we exposed our children to benevolence projects at our local church and in the community. The purpose? To teach our children that while we have a comfortable life, there are those less fortunate who can live on a lot less and still have a smile on their faces.
By the second day, our children were already experiencing emotions about poverty they could not understand. This gave us the opportunity to teach them what the Bible says concerning poverty. My children loved poverty week and have shared what they learned with their friends. They have already asked us to do it again so their friends can join in too.