Friday, February 19, 2016

Youth Night, Let Me Show You Jesus

We meet on Tuesday for youth nights in the city, to show kids the love of Jesus.

A lot of noise and chaos. Kids from kindergarten through high school. A healthy dinner. Crafts, games, prizes. Lots of noise. Bible stories, memory verses. The group divided between elementary school, middle school, and high school; dinner, the gym, and Bible study. “Let me tell you about Jesus.”

Music, dancing, running, laughing, shrieking. Basketball. Games—tag, Hula-hoops. More and more ball games. Did I mention the noise?

Yes, it’s chaos. But through it all, adults shower love on the kids and tell them about Jesus.

Those who run this program have big goals—show these kids God’s love, teach them to show respect and self-control, and make sure they hear the gospel of Jesus. I see this as a long-term project. Sometimes it’s disappointing that the kids don’t seem to hear much of the Bible teaching. They have a hard time staying still and quiet. But recently my husband Murray reminded us that when he became a Christian at twenty-eight, there were many voices he’d heard in the past which helped lead to that.

The verse about planting seeds is a vital part of God’s plan. We may never see when some of the seeds we sew open and grow, but we can have confidence that God’s Spirit is alive and working to use the words we speak. Our job is just to keep loving the kids and always tell them about Jesus.

1 Corinthians 3:6,10-11: I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. 10 By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.

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