|Lesson 2: The IOCC
Below is suggested use for a 40-minute class duration
Objective: The students will be able to explain three types of aid the IOCC offers, and two countries where IOCC is giving aid.
Materials Required: Slips of paper (or index cards) on which are written the following: 83%, 6, 20%, 47%, 50%, 6%, 1%, 9500, 35000; "IOCC in Brief," the IOCC video "New Beginning", issues of News & Needs, map of the world, assignment sheet
"Lord, please help the people who are poor and suffering. I want to help too. Teach me, Lord, how to give love and happiness to the hungry and needy people all over the world. Bless the IOCC and show me how I can participate as an Orthodox Christian in what they do. Amen."
1. Use the following questions and comments to introduce discussion.
- Have you ever been involved in charity work? How did you feel about it?
- What kinds of needs are waiting to be addressed?
- Say, "To help us realize the needs, we have some statistics." Lay out the index cards face up on the table. "I'll give you a question, and you try to find the statistic that is the correct response."
- How many of the world's children aged five and under die of malnutrition and related preventable diseases each day?
(Allow responses. Answer is 35000.)
- What percentage of U.S. children under the age of eighteen are part of families that live below the poverty line?
(Allow responses. Answer is 20%.)
- How much of the world's food do North Americans consume?
(Allow responses. Answer is 30%.)
- How much of the world's wealth is held by 20% of the world's people?
(Allow responses. Answer is 83%.)
- If the world's population consisted of 100 people today, how many would live in North America?
(Allow responses. Answer is 6.)
- What percentage of the world's population has a college education?
(Allow responses. Answer is 1%. In the world, 47% of all people cannot read or write.)
2. Say, "There are many needy people in the world. Why?"
"How does our affluent lifestyle affect poor people in other countries?"
Allow responses. If you need to give examples, try: "when you fill your plate with more food than you can eat, how does that affect people elsewhere?" or "when you buy a pair of expensive athletic shoes, how does that affect people world-wide?"
3. Ask the students what they know about IOCC.
4. Distribute the assignment sheets and place the students in work groups or if you have only a few students let them work as a single group.
5. Explain the need for the group to elect a facilitator, recorder/reporter, and gopher. The facilitator keeps the group on task by encouraging members to interact and work together. The recorder/reporter keeps the assignment sheet and records the group's responses. The gopher is the only one allowed out of his or her seat. He may be asked to get any further resources, for example, pencils, Bibles. The gopher is also in charge of returning all supplies back to where they came.
Closing Prayer: "Remember, O Lord, those who bring offerings and do good in Thy holy churches, and those who remember the poor…Fill their treasures with every good thing…support the aged; encourage the faint-hearted…free those who are held captive by unclean spirits…defend the widows; protect the orphans; free the captives; heal the sick. Remember, O God, those who are in courts, in mines, in exile, in harsh labor, and those in any kind of affliction, necessity, or distress, and remember each man and his request, his home and his need. Amen."