Opportunities To Help Children Grow

Did you have a chance to work in children’s ministry before? If so, you will know how it feels when you are looking at the little ones while they are sitting in their seats and are listening to the story you are telling them. They might surprise you by their curiosity; and don’t you just love it when their hands go up and you see their faces sending that message to you: I know the answer! I know it! Please, call me to give you the answer!

I’ve had many opportunities to help children grow and influence them in a positive way. I worked as a daycare provider and loved it! I helped out in Sunday School while I was living in the States. I tutored and watched over younger and older students doing their homework at my house. It has always been such a blessing to me to have children around…

Since a few years things have slowed down a bit. I’m older 🙂 and I don’t come across that many opportunities anymore to help out in children’s ministry. Yes, I did an hour here and there but nothing that would call for much responsibility or involvement. So, can you imagine just how touched I had been, back in May, after my friend asked me if I would teach the memory verse in July’s kids club week? These past two days, Monday and Tuesday, I’ve had the privilege to help out at a Christian children’s camp.

I really enjoy working with children but, whenever I do, I’m usually a bit nervous, too. Leaders and teachers can have such a tremendous influence on these little ones. My worry is that I’ll end up talking too much about myself and focusing too much on people (even characters from the Bible) instead of telling them about the precious Savior and how He can be found.

If you are working in the children’s ministry, may I ask you not to take it for granted nor too lightly what you are doing? Please, do pray before each teaching opportunity and do ask for God to work through you. The less we are trying to influence the children ourselves and the more we are telling them about our amazing God, the LORD Jesus Christ, and what He has done for us, the more real He will become for them.

Let’s help children grow in their faith by teaching them about the true Source of life and how they can access it (the Word) because that is what they will need especially when hardship strikes!

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God Answers Prayers

The way God answers prayers isn’t always the way we expect Him to answer, is it? How many times do we have something completely different in mind for an answer? Well, we think we have it all figured out and that the only thing God has to do is act on it.

Monday I told you about my search to find a new Study Bible. If you read my post you’ll also know that, in the end, I decided to stick with the one I have and love — my Matthew Henry Study Bible. I was sure, I had it all figured out and so I stopped searching.

But Saturday morning last week God reached out and touched my heart. He added another purpose to my daily Bible study. See, that day I went to a seminar where I was learning more about children’s ministry. I learned how to start a Bible story, what to look for in a lesson and how to keep the children interested all the way to the end. But, most importantly, this got stuck in my mind: That there is a difference between telling stories and teaching truth. And I thought: where can we find such an abundance of truth? Isn’t God’s Word the perfect source?

The lady in the front who was showing us the available materials held up the next book and said: “I only got one copy of these with me today. …”

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It was as if I knew she has brought it along just for me 😉 During the break I went to take a closer look at it and felt like God placed it into my hands and said: “I want you to have this because this is going to be your new Study Bible from now on.” ❤