The Justice Mission (Leader's Guide)
"Learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed, defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow." Many American kids today - even in Christian churches - don't have a full idea of the challenges presented...
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"Learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed, defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow." Many American kids today - even in Christian churches - don't have a full idea of the challenges presented by brutality, by crying children, by grieving widows; nor what in the world they can do about it! That's about to change. The Justice Mission is a video-based curriculum that depicts the stark facts about oppression and injustice around the world ... and presents a Bible-based approach to dealing with them! In the DVD segments, students will follow the visit of four American teens to squalid corners of India. They will be prompted to think again, and again, about the evil they find ... and about bullying, prejudice, and attitudes that God hates in their own neighborhoods and the hallways of their schools. The Justice Mission is a partnership between Youth Specialties and the International Justice Mission, an organization that, through educating the church and mobilizing effective intervention, serves those who cannot rely on local authorities for relief. The Justice Mission surely will ignite holy passion for the oppressed victims of injustice. It will change lives - of your students in these sessions, and of untold numbers of victims across God's earth.
Here, in one kit:
- 5 video segments
- 5 leader-prompted sessions of depth and foundational clarity - Oppression, What God Hates, Joining The Fight Against Injustice, God's Vision. Do It Now
- An abundance of worksheets, action items, group activities, journaling assignments, web links, and agenda-items!
." . . learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow."For kids raised in contemporary American churches, these words from Isaiah might ring true but they wouldn't have many ideas about how to do those things. They just haven't heard much in Sunday School about actually creating justice.That's about to change.For 25 years Jim Hancock has been a youth worker and creator of youth ministry resources like The Compassion Project (to help adolescents make a difference for the poor), EdgeTV (to help youth workers create safe places to talk about unsafe things) and Good Sex (to help kids wrestle with sexuality). Now, collaborating with The International Justice Mission, Hancock has created a process to engage youth groups in God's call to seek justice on earth.In the last decade of the 20th century, The International Justice Mission emerged as an effective global instrument for extracting children from forced labor, re
For 25 years Jim Hancock has been a youth worker and creator of youth ministry resources like The Compassion Project (to help adolescents make a difference for the poor), EdgeTV (to help youth workers create safe places to talk about unsafe things) and Good Sex (to help kids wrestle with sexuality). Now, collaborating with The International Justice Mission, Hancock has created a process to engage youth groups in God's call to seek justice on earth. In the last decade of the 20th century, The International Justice Mission emerged as an effective global instrument for extracting children from forced labor, releasing girls from prostitution, bringing murderous cops and soldiers to justice and restoring stolen land to poor farmers--all in the name of Jesus. Now they're telling the American church what they've learned about the character and methods of oppression, God's passion against injustice and how to join the fight against evil. What a story!
Jim Hancock invested two decades as a church-based youth worker. Now he spends his days in Leucadia, California, writing and creating digital movies and learning designs for youth workers, parents, and adolescents. He's the author of Raising Adults, Ten Things We Should Never Say to Kids, The Justice Mission, as well as many other resources, and co-author of The Youth Worker's Guide to Helping Teens in Crisis, The Parents Guide to Helping Teenagers in Crisis and Posers, Fakers & Wannabes.
Jim Hancock invested two decades as a church-based youth worker. Now he spends his days writing and creating digital movies and learning designs for youth workers, parents, and adolescents. He's the author of many youth ministry resources including How to Volunteer Like a Pro and The Justice Mission, and co-author of Good Sex 2.0 and The Youth Worker's Guide to Helping Teenagers in Crisis. SPANISH BIO: Jim Hancock ha trabajado por dos decadas con la juventud. Ha escrito numerosos libros para padres, adolescentes, lideres juveniles y jovenes solteros. Es el productor general de una serie de vid
- God Is Big On Justice...10
- 1 Oppression...17
- 2 What God Hates..33
- 3 Joining The Fight Against Injustice..53
- 4 God 's Vision Brings God 's Provision....69
- 5 Do It Now..87
THE JUSTICE MISSION 1 OPPRESSION STUFF * List-making setup for brainstorming; video playback; The Justice Mission video cued to Oppression; Personal Inventory sheets, pencils or pens. GATHERING * Brainstorm: Compile and rate a list of sources that give us information about the world. THE BIG IDEA * Discussion: Defining oppression. * Video-driven Discussion: Oppression OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS * Bible Study: Isaiah 1:10-17 REFLECTION * Personal Inventory:What's most important? ACTION * WebSite: visit ijm.org/JusticeMission for more about the nature of injustice * Dig: mass media survey * Journal: Personal Journaling THE JUSTICE MISSION I I 20 I I oppression THIS SESSION When C.S. Lewis began explaining Christian faith to his post-Christian culture, he chose the notion of unfairness because everyone knows how it feels to be treated unfairly. We've all been bullied by someone stronger. We've all been lied to, tricked, cheated, and fleeced. And no one likes it, not a tiny bit. In a surprising twist, unfairness generates such deep resentment that many people end up doing to others what was done to them. It's impossible to find the logic behind hurting people---not because they hurt us but because someone else hurt us. There is no logic; it's unfair, but there it is. Oppressors use lies and force to take what rightly belongs to someone else. That, in a nutshell, is injustice. Injustice is woven into the fabric of life. Open a news magazine, turn on your television; oppressors are there. In fact, most people are numb to it. Joseph Stalin, who ordered the killing of millions, is credited with the notion that the death of one person is a tragedy, but the death of thousands is a statistic. That's numbness. Who has what it takes to look at global oppression without flinching? Not many. Not me. It's too big. I feel too small. I suspect you feel that way too. And I think the kids we serve have grown up more or less expecting injustice; more or less accepting injustice as a statistical probability. This is a problem. Here's a solution. We took four American kids to meet individuals who are the victims of oppressors. Ben, Charissa, Lindsay, and Trever are eyewitnesses to injustice. While we looked over their shoulders these four looked in the eyes of a girl who was forced into prostitution when she should have been in seventh grade. They met a boy whose 10th-grade year was interrupted when he was forced out of school to roll beedi cigarettes for a loan shark. These are not statistics, they're tragedies, and there are a lot more like them. Why India? We took Ben, Charissa, Lindsay, and Trever there because it was convenient timing. Consequently, you're seeing only what we saw. We're not saying this is the only---or even the worst---oppression in the world. We could have visited dozens of other places in India and hundreds, if not thousands, of locations around the globe. There's no political violence in these videos, no forced relocation, no ethnic cleansing, no crooked cops, dishonest soldiers, corrupt judges, or paramilitary terrorism. We went to India for 10 days and this is what we found. Truth be told, it hasn't been that long since all this oppression and more was common in North America. Oppression is every place. So, no finger pointing. Except at oppressors. Whatever they look like and wherever they live, they're the bad guys. God, who is enormously tolerant of failure, mistakes, slips, backslides, and screwups, is pointedly, passionately intolerant of oppression. That's what we want your kids to get in this session. They already know what God loves. We want them to start thinking about what God hates. GATHERING Brainstorm: Compile and rate a list of sources that provide information about the world. [ ASK SOMEONE TO WRITE THE LIST ON A BOARD SO EVERYONE CAN SEE IT. PUSH YOUR GROUP TO THINK FAST AND SPEAK THEIR MINDS.] I'll go first: CNN. MSNBC. FoxNews. OK, fill out the list with other sources of information about the world. I have another one: The Daily Show.What other sources give us information about the world? [WITHOUT HIJACKING THE PROCESS, KEEP PRIMING THE PUMP IF THINGS MOVE SLOWLY. ] * How about business travelers? * What about tourists? * Missionaries? * Military travelers? * Diplomats? * Artists and storytellers? Let's rank this list from most to least reliable? [ ASK YOUR LIST MAKER TO NUMBER THE LIST AS THE GROUP VOTES. ] Do some of these sources strike you more as propaganda than reliable eyewitnesses? Talk about that:What do you think makes one source more reliable than another? Let's make a list of sources that give us information about the world. THE BIG IDEA Here's a working definition of justice: [ THIS WOULD BE A GOOD PLACE FOR A SLIDE OR POSTER] Can you improve on that definition? Here's a working definition of oppression: [ THIS WOULD BE A GOOD PLACE FOR A SLIDE OR POSTER] Can you improve on that definition? What are some things our most reliable sources tell us about justice and oppression around the world? VIDEO: OPPRESSION I want to show you a short story about some people who have seen what we're talking about with their own eyes. It's called Oppression. [WHEN THE VIDEO ENDS. ] On a scale of one to five, how credible do you find these storytellers? [ IF YOU WISH TO CREATE SOME PHYSICAL MOVEMENT AT THIS POINT, HAVE THE GROUP RESPOND BY MOVING TO A PLACE IN THE ROOM THAT REPRESENTS A SCALE OF ONE TO FIVE AND COMPLETE THE SENTENCE TO EACH OTHER. OTHERWISE, ASK THEM TO RESPOND WITH A SHOW OF HANDS OR SIMPLY SPEAK UP.] 1 2 3 4 5 They're I'd need more I'm I think I They're hard to evidence, torn, believe them, easy to believe, because ... because... because... believe, because... because... Were there any surprises for you in their stories? What's the most significant thing you heard or saw in the video? * Why do you think that's important? 'Oppression is using force and lies to deprive others of what is rightly theirs.' 'Justice is working to see that every person has what is rightly hers.' Compare what you saw and heard about oppressors with the worst bullies you ever knew at school or in your neighborhood. * What differences do you see between ordinary bullies and oppressors? * Have you ever been at the mercy of a bully? [ IF YES, ASK HOW THAT FELT AND HOW IT WAS RESOLVED (IF IT WAS RESOLVED).] Ben says oppressors trap their victims. What do you think about that? * What evidence did you see that supports or contradicts Ben's claim? Charissa thought the rock quarry was the worst thing she saw. Describe the worst thing you saw. * Why do you think that struck you? Lindsay thinks the church focuses on what God loves to the exclusion of what God hates. What do you think about that? * How can we make room for both? Trever says if it weren't for oppressors we could solve the problems of poverty. What do you think about that? * What do oppressors do to make difficult circumstances impossible? Ben just graduated from high school where he was one of those athlete/scholars who make the rest of us feel uncoordinated and/or ignorant. Ben is on his way to college to study computer science. Charissa recently moved to a new city, so she's still adjusting to her surroundings. After school, Charissa indulges her passion for water polo and opera (is that well-rounded or bipolar?). She just completed her sophomore year in high school. Lindsay's parents rescued her from an orphanage in Korea (where they were told she was hopelessly autistic). Lindsay went to college on a diving scholarship. She just finished her sophomore year. Trever is a high school senior. You may recognize him from his after school job as a Hollywood actor. But he's not acting here. Trever is on this trip because he loves Jesus and cares about people. The other two Americans in the video are Bob Mosier and Gary Haugen.