I was sitting at the Grand Rapids Griffins hockey game on New Years Eve.
Three 4th or 5th grade kids went walking down isle next to us. The 2 boys were laughing and the girl was making faces at them.
Completely out of no where and definitely unexpectedly, my heart tore in two.
Our reason for walking this crazy road of missions and raising support.
I watched them continue down the isle and meet another group of kids.
At that moment, my reaction was raw and made me miss children’s ministry, made me anxious to get to Senegal and start once again working hands on with kids.
I must admit that when Jeremy and I started full time ministry, although I loved kids, they weren’t my focus. I didn’t feel the same pull that Jeremy did. In fact, I went into kids ministry with a reluctant attitude. I had a hard time adjusting to the “I’m in kids church every single service” mode we were in. and going to be in for years.
It was very hard for me.
And that might surprise you because it actually surprises me to think about that time in my life.
Well, kids are the best place in ministry to be. The very best place in a church to serve. The very best place a person can invest their time, funds and energy.
Kids are incredibly important to the heart of God and therefore, they are incredibly important to us.
Not only that… kids are just plain amazing. And ministering to them is a joy. Sharing Jesus with them is priceless.
Magnify that with bringing hope to kids who have never heard… kids who may never have an opportunity to hear… even more priceless… if that is possible.
In our efforts to raise support, we have had a few opportunities to work with kids but the majority of our year has been preaching in adult services, talking to pastors, meeting with our giving team…
It has been a great year… but I was surprised how much I desperately missed having our own group of kids to work with on a weekly basis. I miss our church kids! I can not wait to get to Senegal to begin our new ministry to kids.
And we have much more to go through before we get there…
Next, we head to language school where we will put our entire focus on learning to communicate with a new culture.
We will go through culture shock, living in a new country, new school situations, and so much more we can’t even begin to know yet.
We have more roads to journey…
More days to navigate…
more things to learn.
This journey is long. It is in depth. It is taking faith and trust and the hope that God is at work in every part of our days.
We are in this for the long haul.
Ready to take on everything this process will bring…
Because of kids.
These kids. And the many more kids just like them that are waiting to hear the precious name of Jesus.
But we need your help. Your support. Your prayer. Your giving.
We are anxious.
Anxious to get there… excited to be in ministry to kids.
It is our heartbeat… and we miss it.
I miss it.
Will you help us get there?
Every prayer, every financial gift, every encouraging note brings us one step closer to that moment of ministry to kids in Senegal.
Thank you for being a part… thank you for joining our journey.
Thank you for helping us get to the kids in Senegal.