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The Hunger and Thirst Games

By Paul Turner | Disciple Project Ministries | March 30 2012

"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled" (Matthew 5:6).

Changing the Context of Culture

We all know the impact culture has on our students. We implore them from Scripture and from our own hearts not to conform to this world. At times it seems to be a losing battle, but our God is bigger than culture.

We can't stop culture, but we can change the context of how our students look at and receive this culture. This series is a result of prayer and a desire to change the way our kids perceive the music they listen to, the movies they watch and, in this case, the books they read.

This series could be used multiple ways. This material could be used as a retreat, a camp theme or as we used it—a 4-week meeting theme.

As a line from the book says, "May the odds be in your favor." I will say, "May God richly bless you as you teach your kids what it means to hunger and thirst after Him."

How to Use this Curriculum

If you have not read the book The Hunger Games, I suggest you start there. In reading the book, you will achieve a few things:

1. You'll earn street cred among your kids. If you are trying to make a point from the book without having read it, the kids will know you are faking it.

2. You'll get more ideas than what I have packed into this short outline.

3. You'll understand the philosophy of the book, the writer and the major themes.

Once you have read the book, talk with your leaders, students, parents and your pastor about this series. The book is semi-controversial, in the sense that it involves kids and death. It's not Lord of the Flies by any means, but the theme of survival in a post-civilized world is very strong.

Upon obtaining approval, get the dates on the calendar; you should take two or three weeks to promote the kick off, "The Hunger Games Are Coming!" Take time to explain the goals of the 4-week teaching. We used it as as an outreach tool so kids could bring their friends, but it met many other needs, as well.

Take a list of your kids and break them into teams. If you have eight kids, that's OK. Four and four works. Assign each team an adult leader to help with points, etc. Find the tally sheet here.

I made cards based on the 12 districts in the book, printed them off and allowed the kids to choose a card and which district they represented (Mining, Agriculture, etc.).These cards are located toward the end of the book.

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