To The Rescue
Posted: September 05, 2012
Working Together Can Be Great!
This Davey and Goliath special created in 1975 places emphasis on working together to achieve a goal.
In the opening, we see the children at the Palm View School preparing and interacting about the summer with their teacher, Miss Lindsey. The children are adamant that they want to enjoy the summer. However, the children are about to learn about themselves this summer at the Roaring River Church Camp.
At Roaring River Church Camp, the children begin to take on responsibilities in their daily task. Davey is the camp bugler. Daily, Davey and Goliath sound the alarm to the other children that the day is beginning. Although Davey hits a few sour notes, he has a job to do. Priscilla must set the table each morning and complains to Jonathan about all the work that they must all do.
Pastor Jack must remind Nicky that he is the cookís helper as Miss Lindsey calls the children to breakfast. Rosa provides the morning breakfast prayer as Pastor Jack reminds the children that chores must be completed before the fun activities of the day. The children complain a little, but the Pastor explains that the chores must be completed before the fun can begin. George has the responsibility of cutting wood for the fire, but he has forgotten where he left the saw.
After all of the chores are complete, the fun begins. The children go fishing and Pastor Jack explains to the children that they are going to take a canoe trip. Pastor Jack has spoken to the Park Ranger to find the best location to go for the canoe trip. Pastor Jack and Ruth, Miss Lindsey, are concerned that the children are not taking the activities and the preparation for the canoe trip seriously.
During chapel service, Pastor Jack is able to remind the children that God has given us the world and it is our responsibility to take care of it. Pastor Jack also reminds the children of the scripture that says, ďAll things work together for good for those who love God and are called according to His purpose.Ē Pastor Jack told the children to keep these words in mind on their canoe trip tomorrow.
As the children sit around the campfire, Miss Lindsey asked Nicky to put out the fire. As Nicky sits near the campfire, he picks up a little stick that has an ember on the end of the stick. As Nicky holds the lighted stick above his head, he wants to twirl it like a pinwheel. Pastor Jack reminds Nicky that his actions could start a forest fire if he isnít careful. Nicky gets the message, but complains that he and the other children must always act responsible without having any fun.
The next day, the children get to visit an area which has been burned by a forest fire. The children now understand the importance of fire safety. The children also plant new seedlings in the burned area.
In the evening, as the children prepare for bed, they notice a small engine plane that has engine problems. All of a sudden, the little plane goes down. The children, Pastor Jack and Miss Lindsey go into action. While preparing for the canoe trip, the children learned First Aid and how to work together in case of emergency.
The two passengers, Jan and her Father, are hurt, but are alive. The father prays for help. Jan has been thrown from the plane and her leg is broken. Janís father has a broken arm.
Davey tells Pastor Jack and the other children that Goliath can locate the plane. Davey sends Goliath to go and help the occupants in the plane. Goliath goes right to the plane. Jan is afraid, but her father lets her know that Goliath seems friendly. Jan pats Goliath and tells him to get help. Goliath is able to lead Pastor Jack, Miss Lindsey and the children to Jan and her father. Davey tells the Pastor and the other children that they should sing a song to let Jan and her father know that they are coming to help. As they all sing together, Jan and her father hear the rescue team.
Once at the crash site, the children go into action. George cuts wood for splints; they help Jan and her father. Janís father whispers a word of thanks to God for sending help. Once Janís fatherís arm is placed in a sling and Jan has a splint on her broken leg, the group head out of the forest. As they are walking together, the Ranger sees the group and is able to take Jan and her father to the hospital for further assistance.
At the end of the day, the children have learned a valuable lesson; working together is the best way to accomplish a goal.
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