Entries in compassion (4)


Level 2 Lesson Plan: The City of Nineveh

Note to the parent or teacher: Here is a 30- to 45-minute lesson plan to fill out the class “Cities of the Bible: The City of Nineveh,” that covers the lesson objectives: “Learn of more of the lives of the great men and women of the Bible” (Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-2a); and “Be able to describe what it means to be judgmental, and the negative effects of such an attitude; identify ways to show compassion rather than passing judgment.” (Character Building: Social Skills: Compassion-2b).

ReadCities of the Bible: The City of Nineveh.”


Read Genesis 10:1–11 and help the children find the answer to these questions:

  • Was Nineveh built before or after the flood in Noah’s lifetime? (Answer: After.)
  • Besides being the founder of Nineveh, what else was Nimrod known for? (Answer: Being a great hunter.)
  • What was the ancient name of the region where Nineveh was built? (Answer: Assyria.)

Read 2 Kings 19:31–36 and Isaiah 37:33–37 (For those interested, here is the fuller story in Isaiah 37:10–37.)

  • The historical context


Read Jonah, chapters 1–4 or a shorter version in a children’s Bible.

Reflect with the children about how it must have been for Jonah. The people of Nineveh were known for being cruel and evil, even posing a threat to the people of Israel. Maybe that’s why he didn’t want to warn them. When he finally did, thinking they would be judged, he was disappointed when they repented and were shown mercy.

Ask the children if they have ever been upset at another child who has been unkind to them, and maybe even thought it was unfair when the other child received attention from other friends, family, or teachers rather than consequences. Talk about how in such situations, even if it’s difficult to show the same mercy God shows, we can look to Jesus for help to do so.

Reflect with the children on how the people of Nineveh did not know how to live right (Jonah 4:11). Then talk about how helpful it is for us to have the examples in the Bible, especially in Jesus’ life, of how to live in a compassionate and caring manner.


Read Matthew 12:38–41.

Ask the children what similarities there were between Jonah’s and Jesus’ messages to the people, and how these messages helped to change them.


Find on a map the city of Mosul, where remnants of old Nineveh can be seen today.

Additional material:

S&S links: Christian Life and Faith: Witnessing and Missionary Training: Great Men and Women of God-2a and Character Building: Social Skills: Compassion-2b

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2019 by The Family International


DOCX: Level 2 Lesson Plan: The City of Nineveh (Spanish)
DOCX: Level 2 Lesson Plan: The City of Nineveh (Portuguese)


Level Two Lesson Plan: The City of Dothan

Note to the parent or teacher: Here is a 30- to 45-minute lesson plan to fill out the class “Cities of the Bible: The City of Dothan,” that covers the lesson objective, “Learn the major stories of the Old Testament.” (Christian Life and Faith: Bible Knowledge: General Bible Knowledge-1d)

ReadCities of the Bible: The City of Dothan.”

Genesis 37:13–17.

Locate the city of Dothan on a map of Old Testament Israel.

Genesis 37:3–11.

Discuss together what the causes might have been for Joseph’s brothers being jealous of him.

Discuss together what Joseph could have done differently concerning the dreams he had.

Explore what steps the brothers might have taken to overcome their understandable jealousy in this difficult situation:

  • They could have ignored Joseph when he began to boast.
  • They might have talked with their father directly about why they felt jealous, telling him how they felt he loved the youngest sons more than them.
  • They might have also told their father how they were hurt by Joseph boasting.
  • It’s possible they took these steps but their father wasn’t able to stop Joseph from bragging. If so, the brothers could have focused more on being thankful for good things in their personal lives and not as much on these difficult issues. Though this would not have solved the problem, it would have made it easier to bear.

Read Genesis 37:12–36.

Point out how originally the brothers had not planned to sell Joseph, and how the oldest brother, Reuben, protected Joseph by having him put in the pit instead of being killed as the others were planning to do.

Discuss how due to the brothers not having dealt with their jealousy of Joseph, they now acted out on it. Explain why it’s important to talk about negative experiences or conflicts with a parent, counselor, or teacher who can help to work out a solution or even just to express a conflict with a responsible individual who can help one navigate difficult situations and emotions. By talking with someone responsible, it allows one to get input on possible steps to take to rectify the situation or look for ways to deal with hurt or misunderstanding.


Read 2 Kings 6:8–23 or “Elisha’s Secret Army.”

Recall together the following points from the story:

  • three miraculous occurrences,
  • one act of mercy,
  • the conclusion.

Talk about God’s mighty power that is available for us to call on for help, and how even if we don’t see specifics that show us it is God’s intervention, we know that He’s at work giving us the assistance we need, just as He was there for Elisha and the people of Dothan.

Talk about the power of the mercy shown to the members of the Syrian army.


View a picture of Tell Dothan in recent times, found here. (You can follow this link to other pictures of Tell Dothan.)

Additional material:

S&S links: Christian Life and Faith: Bible Knowledge: General Bible Knowledge-1d

Compiled by My Wonder Studio staff.
Copyright © 2019 by The Family International


DOCX: Level Two Lesson Plan: The City of Dothan (Spanish)
DOCX: Level Two Lesson Plan: The City of Dothan (Portuguese)


Level 2 Lesson Plan: Thinking of Others

Note to parent or teacher: Here’s a 30-minute lesson plan on thinking of others. It highlights the following lesson objective: “Learn the joy of thinking of another’s need for encouragement instead of being self-absorbed with one’s own problems.” (Character Building: Social Skills: Compassion-2c)


Watch Little Missionary.” (Look at the right-hand side for the title.)

Read Luke 10:30–37.

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“Madeline’s Misdemeanor” Supplement (Compassion-2a)

The story “Madeline’s Misdemeanor” highlights the following learning objective: “Understand that when one shows compassion to another one is giving another a bridge of acceptance that will help that person overcome something that may be discouraging or holding that person back.” (Compassion-2a)

Look up the following Bible verse with your child:

  • When I am with those who are weak, I share their weakness, for I want to bring the weak to Christ. Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some. (1 Corinthians 9: 22 NLT)

Discuss the following with your child:

  • Think about a time when you were going through difficulty. What kinds of encouraging words or actions did you appreciate receiving from others during such times?
  • Discuss stories of Bible characters, people from recent or ancient history, or fictional characters who showed compassion in such a way as to help a person suffering come to a better place in their life through their words and actions (e.g., the compassionate bishop who helps Jean Valjean in the novel Les Misérables, etc.).
  • What kinds of situations do you think are difficult for those in your peer group? Of those situations, in which do you feel you may be able to do something to help?

S&S link: Character Building: Social Skills: Compassion-2a


DOC: Suplemento de «La falta que cometió Madeleine» (Compasión-2a)
DOC: Suplemento de “O Delito de Madeline” (Compaixão-2a)