Today’s lesson: Bugs, worms and other yucky things
Verse of the day: Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked (Psalm 82:3-4, ESV).
Worms are often found in communities that don’t have access to clean water, good quality soaps and cleaning supplies, among others. These worms, which can enter the body through contaminated food or water, can often lead to a number of health problems. There are a few different ways that we can help communities dealing with worms.
One thing that we can do is provide deworming medication. While it is often unavailable or too expensive for people living in poverty, deworming medication can quickly get rid of the worms and get people on the road to recovery. However, this doesn’t completely solve the problem. To truly help people dealing with worms, we need to look bigger.
Fixing unclean conditions in communities can go a long way. For example, sometimes, communities don’t have good plumbing systems like the ones that we’re used to. This means that worms – as well as bacteria and viruses – can easily be passed from one person to another, because waste is not safely contained in pipes. If we help a community build a sewer and plumbing system, this can get rid of one of the biggest ways that worms travel through communities.
Finally, we can also help to teach good hygiene. Showing people the importance of proper hand washing after using the bathroom and before eating, can help each person take their health into their own hands. We might also talk to people about why it’s important to use clean water to wash with, and how hot water is more effective at getting rid of yucky stuff than cold water.
Worms, bugs and bacteria are some of the biggest causes of poor health in areas suffering from poverty that lack of access to clean water. With our compassion and help, though, people in such communities can soon begin to live healthier, happier lives.
Today’s activity: We’re coloring some pages to send to our sponsored kids! Attached are five coloring pages you can download, print and color. You can send them to your sponsored child here.
Today’s prayer: God, thanks for our day and the opportunity to learn about yucky things affecting people around the world. We pray for them, Lord, that you provide them clean water and the medicine they need. Amen.