And Social Justice for All: Empowering Families, Churches, and Schools to Make a Difference in God's World

And Social Justice for All: Empowering Families, Churches, and Schools to Make a Difference in God's World

by Lisa Van Engen


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Equips parents to inspire kids to take on social injustice—at any age

With the constant barrage of difficult stories through news and social media, today's kids are increasingly aware of the real problems real people confront every day. And they're quicker than ever to come to parents and other trusted adults to ask how they can help—or why they're not already doing so. And Social Justice for All equips Christian families to tackle social justice issues together. It inspires them to bring light and love to a dark and scary world.

Educator and mom Lisa Van Engen creates innovative resources to engage kids in understanding and responding to fourteen justice issues such as clean water, creation care, immigration and refugees, hunger, race, and poverty. After placing each issue in kid-friendly context, she offers interactive features:
  • High-interest conversation starters for each age group to challenge thinking and assumptions
  • A family devotional to anchor each social justice issue in God's Word
  • Engaging, age-tiered activities for reading, playing, observing, creating, connecting, and experimenting in God's world
  • Tips and internet links to extend awareness and invest resources in social justice

Throughout each chapter, children speak their own thoughts about injustice and what they think God is calling them to do.

By looking at both the roots of injustice and what Christians can do right now to help, And Social Justice for All empowers both adults and children to encounter a broken world with insight and empathy. Simple yet powerful, it lights the path for families to make a real, God-directed difference together.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780825445064
Publisher: Kregel Publications
Publication date: 02/26/2019
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Lisa Van Engen is a freelance writer and a Title I reading and writing interventionist with kindergarten through junior high kids. She is coauthor of the Changed for Life curriculum. Lisa lives in Holland, Michigan. This is her first book. Find her at

Table of Contents

Preface: Proximity 11

Introduction 17

1 Clean Water and Sanitation; Cracked Cisterns 21

2 Creation Care: An Open Window 41

3 Disabilities: A Place for Everyone 63

4 Education: Summoning the Best of Us 85

5 Fair Trade: Giving Beyond Our Means 105

6 Families: Those We Love 121

7 Health Care: To Touch the Hem of His Robe 141

8 Human Trafficking: Modern-Day Abolitionists 161

9 Hunger: Gleaning the Edges 179

10 Immigrants and Refugees: The Gift We Received 199

11 Peace: How We See Others 219

12 Poverty; Having Been Entrusted Much 237

13 Race: Mend Our Fractures 257

14 Changemakers: Fierce Light 279

Epilogue: Let This Be Written 297

Acknowledgments 299

Appendix A How to Plan a Community Gathering 301

Appendix B Book Resources for Adults to Deepen Understanding of Global Issues 303

Appendix C Film Guide for Adults to Deepen Understanding of Global Issues 309

Appendix D Raise Awareness by Month 311

Notes 317

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