Training the Little Ones

Today I had two opportunities to spend time with kindergarten-2nd graders.

1. Assistant during Children’s Worship (you know, making copies, writing on the board, passing out animal crackers…)

2. Story-telling with Sparks in AWANA (the story of the paralytic man from Mark 2:1-12, using a hand-made Ugandan mat as a visual aid)

Most of my volunteering at church these days has been in the nursery. So, I don’t always get to spend time with groups of young kids like this, and I just have to say I’m impressed. Both groups were so well behaved and excellent listeners. But they weren’t simply quiet, they are clearly learning about God’s Word in a way that is sticking. They could answer questions correctly from tonight’s story, and previous weeks too (though some will always answer every question enthusiastically with “Jesus!”…and I did catch a “Christopher Columbus” once).

Tonight I was reminded that I was just a little older than these children, going into 3rd grade, when I accepted Christ as my Savior. Let’s keep praying that God’s love penetrates their hearts in BIG ways!

Keep up the good work teachers and parents!

Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. Proverbs 22:6

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