A FaithWorks! mom shared with me recently about a conversation she had with her daughter on the way home from church one Sunday. Her young daughter was surprised to find out that a friend of her’s didn’t go to church. Their conversation led to talking about the fact that there are people in the world who not only do not go to church but do not believe in God. Her response was, “Mommy, I’m glad I’m not one of those people because I love Jesus sooooooo much!”
FaithWorks! is stepping out on a new adventure this week as we share God and his Son, Jesus, with our community through Step Up 2012. We’ll begin with our own kids and neighborhood on Monday, June 25 at Clay North. Then over the course of the week, we’ll be meeting children who possibly do not go to church and perhaps have not been introduced to God. This is scary to me as well as exciting! For one thing, we’ve never done this before. So there’s a lot of unknowns: will kids show up? will they learn something new? will they be excited to hear what we have to say? will they go home encouraged to talk to God? will what they learn grow?
On the other hand, it’s pretty exciting! This is a direction God’s been gently pushing me toward. He’s been working on me for a few years to push our limits, challenge our families, and strike out into new territory. It’s a vision that Myshelle Babcoke and Jon Martin believe in (they’re the champions of this event!) as well as the FaithWorks! staff. It resonates with others as I watched heads nodding while explaining what we’re doing to congregation members at our recent volunteer training. And it furthers Clay’s vision of walking with more people toward a transforming relationship with Jesus Christ.
The little girl’s mom in the story I shared above, had tears in her eyes as she said that her daughter came to love Jesus because of what she learns and experiences in FaithWorks!. God is working through our fabulous ministry partners every Sunday. He’ll continue to work through all of us this next week.
But to answer the questions I have above, I cannot. I can, however, wait for God to. There will be kids. They will learn that they are a masterpiece, created by God, to do good works (from Ephesians 2:10). They’ll learn that their body is a gift which is to be taken care of! And they’ll hear that they were created to be in relationship with their loving, perfect Father, God.
He’ll take what we have to offer and make something of it. We may see it happening and we may not (that’s the unknown). We’ll be faithful and plant the seeds in the children who come and we’ll trust that God will continue to water in His ways. And children will one day come to say, “I love Jesus sooooooo much!” (and that’s the exciting part!).
Want to know more about Step Up 2012?
Here’s the info and schedule of when we’ll be where
Here’s a recent blog post about why we’re not “doing VBS” this year
Here’s where I can volunteer to help at any one of the locations!!