Aim to learn about the meaning of indemnity conditions
* To learn about the meaning of indemnity conditions
* To learn about the power of service and sacrifice
* Story – The First 40-Day Condition, part 2, by Linna Rapkins
* Children’s worksheet
* Visual Aids:
– Teenage girl working in a rice field
– Father planting rice with peasants in a village.
– Father posing with members
2. Review the previous story
3. Tell the story
4. Some Questions
5. The power of sacrifice and service
6. Making conditions
7. Activities – worksheet, interview parents
8. Review the lesson aims
* Review homework
For homework the children asked their parents if they have done a 40-day condition like the girl in the story. Children should report back what they learnt.
* Review the meaning of indemnity conditions
Indemnity means to do something to restore a loss, injury or mistake. For example, two friends lose their friendship when they make the mistake of getting angry and having a fight.
To restore this, they have to make the condition of apologizing to each other.
Adam and Eve’s mistake was to disobey God’s word. As a result they lost their relationship with God, developed a self-centered fallen nature and became influenced by Satan. God cannot just forgive fallen people, however. People must first of all repent for their sins and demonstrate a sincere desire to return to God by making efforts to obey God’s word. They must reverse the pattern of disobedience, by making indemnity conditions. In the story so far the members are making a 40-day condition on behalf of Korean people to open the way for all people to return to God.
2) Review the previous story
The First 40-Day Condition-part 1 – Father asked the members in Seoul to go to the countryside for 40 days to teach the Divine Principle. He told them that they must serve korean people and share their suffering. This meant leaving their families and jobs for a long time. A bus was rented and each member was dropped off in a different village. The last member to be dropped off was a teenage girl . She tried to help in the village, but the people ignored her. On the first night she had to sleep outside alone.
3) Tell the story (The First 40-Day Condition-part 2)
At first people were suspicious and ignored her. So she served them by cleaning outside their homes each morning. They became curious. Gradually they changed and welcomed her. Father visited all the pioneers and they had had very similar experiences. The first 40day condition was very hard, but with hearts of love and service, the members came home victorious.
(Show the pictures as you tell the story)
Key points of the story
1. On the 2nd day the teenage girl got up early and cleaned outside the homes. Still people ignored her. She prayed for the people and realized what a hard life they had. She couldn’t stop crying. She felt God’s tears.
2. On the 3rd day she again cleaned. This time a young mother invited her for tea. The mother let her do some housework
3. On the 4th day one man gave her a tool to dig a field. As she worked villagers became curious.
4. On the 5th day the villagers became so curious that they agreed to let her speak to the whole village.
5. On the 6th day she spoke to the whole village, explaining why she had come. The people were moved by her words and wanted to know more
8. On the 7th day she started teaching the Principle to everyone.
9. Two weeks later Father and several members visited the village, and helped plant rice seedlings. 10. After 40 days all the members gathered to celebrate. It had been difficult, but with hearts of love and service, the members came home victorious
4) Some Questions
* In part one of this story what three things did Father ask members to do during the 40-days?
Teach the Divine Principle, serve the people and suffer with them
* What did the girl do to serve the people?
– Swept and tidied outside the homes.
– Gathered straw for the roofs.
– Scrubbed floors
– Washed dishes
– Cared for children.
– Dug a field
– Cut weeds with a scythe.
– Planted rice seedlings
* In what way did serving change the villagers attitude?
It opened up their hearts. They were impressed by her hard work. They became curious.
* Why were the people suspicious of her in the beginning?
They knew she was from the U.C. and had heard terrible stories about how evil it was.
* In what way did the people suffer?
They had a hard life working on the land.
* Why did the girl cry when she prayed for the people?
She could understand what a difficult life they had. She couldn’t stop crying, because she understood they were Heavenly Father’s tears
* What had Father done during the 40 days.
He had spent long hours in prayer. Several times he had slept out in a field to feel united with their suffering and feel close to them.
* What was the difference between the villagers attitude at the start and end of the 40 days?
At first they were very suspicious and ignored her. At the end they completely accepted her.
They felt she was a close friend, who had made a big difference to their lives.
* What was the difference between the girls feelings at the start and end of the 40 days?
At first she felt afraid and very lonely. At the end she felt a strong bond of friendship with the whole village and was very happy. She felt victorious.
5) The power of sacrifice and service
When you sacrifice yourself for the sake of others, a vacuum is created. Giving out positive energy means something must return to you.
When you serve someone, you are giving love to that person. This opens up their hearts, because they feel loved. In the story, after an initial resistance, the villagers opened their hearts and completely accepted her. The teenage girl who at first was afraid and lonely, felt extremely happy.
6) Making Conditions
What condition could you do to sacrifice yourself and serve others in your family? Make a condition for 3, 7 or 21 days and see what happens Some examples of serving conditions:
“ For 21 days I’m going to vacuum clean the living room.”
“For 7 days I’m going to lay the table for dinner .”
“For 3 days I’m going to give my mother a massage.”
* Draw pictures to show how the girl served the villagers
* Answer the questions
* Think of a serving condition you could do in your family over the next 3, 7, or 21 days.
Report back in the next lesson what effect it had on you and your family.
8) Review the lesson aims
* To learn about indemnity conditions
Indemnity conditions are done to restore some loss, injury or mistake. Fallen people must do conditions to restore our relationship with God.
* To learn about the power of service and sacrifice
When you sacrifice yourself and serve someone, you are giving love to that person. This opens up their hearts, because they feel loved. You also get something back in return. You feel happy in your heart
9) End with a prayer