Thursday, July 29, 2010

Celebrating Summer

It’s hard to believe that the Kid’s Club for the summer has already come to an end. It’s time to rejoice in all that the Lord has done over the past 8 weeks, and start looking toward all that the Lord has in store for the fall.

This summer, we have had a total of 170 kids come to our Kid’s Clubs.

That’s 170 children who are understanding that they fit in God’s heart, and that God loves them deeply, and how He wants their hearts to be clean and full of all the wonderful things He has to say to them.

That would be 170 little ears that have heard about who they are - sons and daughters of God, the KING. They’re royalty, and they love it. They might actually be catching onto how to treat each other like royalty, about how to honor each other.

There are 170 kids who now know a secret to living in freedom from the chains of injustice – FORGIVENESS. We helped the kids make paper chains one week that symbolized the mean things that people had done or said to them. And then we literally wrapped the chains around all of the kids, and they broke out of them as they shouted, “I forgive you!” It was a beautiful picture of what we've been praying for these kids for a while now.

We shared with these 170 that they are the light in the world around them.

And we finished up our last week by celebrating the Lord with them. They are developing hearts full of praise for the Lord. I wish you could have seen them. They were shaking the shakers that they made, dancing, and singing as we worshiped God together.

Have I ever mentioned that I love my job?

And now we get to plan for even greater things for the fall. We’re hoping to be able to have something a little more age-appropriate designed for the junior high and high schoolers.

We’re hoping to get the families more involved by sending home scripture and such with the kids so they can have tools to share what they’re learning with their families.

We’re hoping to design a curriculum with the things that we have already done, and will be doing with the kids.

We have high hopes because the Lord has already done great things. We have high hopes because the Lord is going before us. We have high hopes because it’s the Lord who is at the heart of this. He’s the one downloading strategy and ideas. He’s the one with all the love and patience and authority.

It’s so cool that we get to be a part of what God is doing. SO COOL.

I love my job.

1 comment:

  1. What a powerful image of the children breaking out of the chains-praise the Lord!!! -JF