|Posted by modayjo on October 30, 2018 at 5:40 AM|
All 13 of us woke up with work on our mind Monday morning. There was painting and gardening on the horizon and we spent time training the younger Missionaries. There were several trails that came and went that gave us five adults the privilege to lead these young ones down the path of righteousness. The verses from Deuteronomy 6:5-9 comes to mind. God tells us here to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your Strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.” I have always found this to guide us daily but it comes to life differently when you are on the mission field. Especially when you have several children that want to be missionaries and are little evangelists. Seeing that we have children that want to be missionaries on our team, it was important to us leaders and parents to train them in the way they should go to be missionaries so when they are older they will not depart from it.
These kids are truly so hungry to do something BIG and MIGHTY for the Lord. We don’t want people to despise them because they are young either. This trip was eye-opening for the children because they saw what real spiritual warfare is and how the enemy will divide God’s flock quickly. They learned to have grace and to forgive quickly. They also gained an understanding of how to love those that are not so loveable. NOW I must say, they are not perfected in these areas but to learn these truths at such a young age is great. May our prayers be set before God like incense for these little children. God has begun a good work in these children and He will continue until He returns.
These little missionaries worked really hard on the yard, helping with some painting and other small projects, scrubbing tables and the deck to prepare for a barbeque. In this, they were stretched in character traits of being a good teammate, good work ethic, and starting strong and finishing well. They also spent lots of time building relationships which we know from the account of Martha and Marry in the Bible, relationships are the VERY MOST IMPORTANT THING! I also heard the children getting a compliment for being peacemakers and seeking to make things right quickly and how adults don’t even do that. What an example they have been to us adults. It made my heart bubble over with Joy.
We as leaders and parents thought that we wouldn’t be able to be missionaries until the kids are grown and out of the house. We live life with our children! They are a blessing and they don't stop our lives, we can take our kids with us on this great adventure in life serving God.
Children are great imitators. So give them something great to imitate.