As a mom of two daughters and a children’s pastor, I wish I could tell you that my children developed a heart for missions through my inspired teaching, but I cannot. My oldest daughter first became aware of the needs of others in the world through the Helping Hands for Kids program. As a five year old, she attended a preschool class at the Assembly for Children in which the teacher shared about the needs of children in Guatemala. She began to tell me all about it. A few years later, we once again attended the General Assembly, and I took her to an afternoon mission’s fair where we learned about the work of missionaries in other countries. Once again, we talked to someone about the Helping Hands for Kids program. In a moment of divine inspiration, I asked her if she would like to be in charge of the program for our church. She was excited and told me that she had been praying for God to give her something to do for Him! That year, she was able to help raise over $1000 US dollars for curriculum and supplies for children’s ministers in Central and South America. Continue reading
Each year at my church, we host a fall festival for the community. I am always amazed by the fact that our church, which averages around 150 people in attendance, is able to host an event for over 1,000 people in the community. While I love this event, it has not always brought a smile to my face.
Our fall festival started over 10 years ago simply as a way to provide an alternative activity to the American holiday, Halloween. We had small games, crafts, and candy for the children of our church. After a few years of following this pattern, a lady in my church expressed a desire to make this more of a community event by providing dinner for those in attendance. I started to catch her vision and decided to add an inflatable slide to the activities. We began to plan and announced the event to our congregation. I had no idea what was about to happen. Continue reading
In my early years of leading a bus ministry, when it all was new and exciting as well as frustrating and tiring, there were two very special sisters, Tasha and Misha.
One memory that is especially dear to my heart is when we decided to have a girls’ sleepover, with all our girls within the church. My bus ministry kids were so excited about the sleepover. They could hardly wait. I sent a flier home with all kids about a week before the sleepover with a list of different items to bring. Snacks were included on the list with a note to parents that the snacks were to be shared with everyone. Continue reading
Imagínense que hay una puerta en lo que tiene que pasar para entrar en el Reino de Dios. Ud. pasa de la puerta. Ud. mueve en los salones y encuentra un grupo de gente que son similar a Ud. Ud. siente la seguridad. Después de placticar más con la gente en el salon, Ud. mueve más atrás de la puerta.
Muy poca gente están cerca de la puerta diciendo “hola” a los que entran. Es dificíl a esperar por la puerta. Allá hay gente que tiene preguntas de las cosas que Ud. cree. Hay gente que están sufriendo, son pobre, abusadas y desperadas. Pero, si no hay alguien a la puerta, ¿quien va invitar esta gente a entrar en el reino? Continue reading
Imagine that there is a door you must go through to enter the Kingdom of God. You enter that door. You move through the rooms. You find a group of people who are much like you. You feel safe, secure. As you become more engaged with the people in the room, you move further away from the door.
Very few people stand near the door to say “hello” to those who walk by, to listen to their stories, to invite them in. It’s difficult to stand at the door. You meet people who question your beliefs. You encounter much suffering—poverty, loneliness, abuse, despair. Yet, if no one stands at the door, who will invite these people into the kingdom? Continue reading
Over one billion children (throughout the world) are suffering from one or more forms of extreme deprivation. Viva Network
We must ask ourselves, “How will we (the Body of Christ, local congregations, individual Christians, and even believing children) respond to poor children living among us and throughout the world?” We cannot ignore their poverty. We cannot be paralyzed by its magnitude. We cannot be inconsistent in confronting it. Continue reading
Prepared for Christmas?
That question may fill you with a sense of dread. It reminds me of Christmas cards yet to be addressed, favorite Christmas treats yet to be made, gifts to be wrapped.
However, what about the children to whom you minister? Will they be prepared for Christmas this year? I’m not talking about being prepared for the cultural events of the season, but rather prepared for the coming of the Christ child. Here are some things you can do to prepare their hearts for this Christmas season. Continue reading
How can I make Christmas sparkle? The tinsel, lights, and twinkling stars won’t do it! I make Christmas sparkle by keeping my focus on the true meaning of the season, the celebration of Jesus’ birth! Christmas without Christ is like a counterfeit dollar; it is worthless! Continue reading
“Some children see Him lily white,
The baby Jesus born this night,
Some children see Him lily white,
With tresses soft and fair.
Some children see Him bronzed and brown, Continue reading
Christmas! The whole earth stops its busy pace to celebrate the birth of God’s Son, Jesus Christ. Why was Jesus born? Was He born to fulfill prophecy? Was He born to bring salvation to men? Was He born to raise up followers who would carry this message from generation to generation? Jesus Christ was born to do all of these things and much more. Mark 10:45 says, “For even the Son of man came not to be be ministered unto, but to minister.” Jesus, the Son of God was born to minister. He came to this earth to meet the needs of the poor, the sick, and the sinful. Continue reading