Dwight L. Moody said, “If I could relive my life, I would devote my entire ministry to reaching children for God!”
Starting a children’s ministry can be difficult and very time consuming, but teaching children about salvation, the love of our Savior, and how to live life as a child of Christ, is and has to be the focus of our families and church. As adults, mothers, fathers, laborers, pastors, missionaries, etc… we can be prepared for the difficulties in life if we have been prepared and trained to face the unknown and unexpected.
Colossians 2:7 says:
“Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.”
During the past nine years in Bolivia, we have been investing in children’s lives, and I can honestly say, that through years of working with children there have been many times that I wanted to “throw in the towel.” In a country where traditions cannot be broken and the Bible is considered a decoration it has been an uphill battle. I have often thought, “Lord when will there be fruit, is all this work worth it?” Now please don’t judge or think badly of me; because if you have ever worked in the nursery with ten screaming children or taught a class of 4-6 year olds with the energy of five Tasmanian devils I’m sure that the thought of running away has crossed your mind! But I am always reminded that Jesus said to His disciples… “Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” Children are important to Jesus and are a very important part of our lives and church.
There are many things to consider in starting an effective children’s ministry, but the main thing is to have a goal. The goal should be that children understand why they are here on earth and what their purpose is during the time that the Lord has given them. It is our responsibility as mature Christians to train up, encourage, and teach children the purpose of why they were created and how to live life as Christ wants us to.
After 9 years of working with children I can say that the Lord has given fruit and “my cup runneth over” with blessings from time spent with them. It is amazing to lead a young child into the fold of Christ, watch them testify to others, and give their life to Christ to serve Him. There is no greater joy!
Do you serve in a children’s ministry? What are some ways that the Lord has blessed you by working with children?