Hello, there! I’m Christopher, which you should have known if you saw my cute little green logo. So, let me not distract you from the following post. I hope you like it! I’d love to hear your thoughts after you’re done reading it! Enjoy!
I have a question for you all: have you heard of Good News Clubs?
They are after-school clubs in public elementary schools designed to present the Gospel to kids who don’t go to church. And last school semester, I had the privilege to volunteer in one of the clubs that my church oversees.
I remember in a preliminary meeting, one of the directors of the club said that she envisions the school as a battleground. This is a place that the devil is attacking and we are able to bring the light of God into this place.
Honestly, though those were good words, I didn’t really think much about it . . . until the first time we held a meeting.
Good News Club is open to kindergartners to fifth graders. And think about the long day those youngsters had. So think how tired some of them may be. And those fifth graders who have been there time and time again and don’t wanna be there. (Even though fifth graders can come, it still is geared more for the youngsters.)
So, honestly, it was a little difficult controlling the tired kids and the older kids just wanted to talk during the sermon.
I came home very worn out and wondered if we were doing any good.
But yes we were doing good. We were sharing the Gospel in a public school and, praise the Lord, kids were getting saved.
More out of obligation, I decided to keep on going. But it became, again, something I wanted to do.
So I did my best to talk with the three fifth graders. Though it was tough at times, I did my best to reach out to them. I asked them about their summer plans and I mentioned that I was going to Costa Rica for a mission trip. They were really curious about that, but as I explained, they found something to laugh at. It discouraged me, but I kept on trying.
To my surprise, one of the boys had a girlfriend! (It was insinuated that this girl wasn’t his first.) I was pretty shocked and he was pretty shocked that I didn’t have one (and never had one for that matter). I told him that I wanted to wait for the right girl to come into my life and that dating was a serious thing, more serious than what the world teases in the media. But I did tell him that I would pray that the Lord would give him wisdom in choosing the right girl. (I am just so so so glad that he didn’t ask me if I liked a girl. The current topic was hard enough.)
While the leader was sharing Bible stories, I stood in the back and kept trying to keep the youngsters still and the older boys quiet. One of the youngsters has something like ADD and there was at least one time I had to take him aside and play a letter matching game with him.
While I did not personally lead a child to Christ, I was part of a group that did do just that and planted seeds in the other’s lives. And that felt very awesome.
Sadly, the club only lasted six weeks (very short if you think how long a school semester is and if you were sick one week), and on the last day we held a “carnival.” And boy was it windy!!! There were several games to play, food to eat, and a table that had some elements from the crucifixion story, including a real crown of thorns!
At one point, the balloon artist of the town gathered all the kids together to share the Gospel story through balloons. I remember him making a cross with several brown balloons, he had some very cool balloons of Superman and Batman, and he called a kid up and made the Armor of God on him. And, yes, I had to quiet the kids several times. And it was tough to keep the balloons off the grass so they wouldn’t pop. The balloon artist joked to keep Superman away from the kryptonite. I laughed loudly. (And some know what that means.)
Let me tell you, I’mma do it again. Though it wasn’t 100% fun, it is a great opportunity to reach the lost for Christ. Ministry isn’t about making yourself feel good, but about serving others. Something I learned and still continue to learn.
But one reason why I wrote this post is to encourage you to help out at a Good News Club near you (or be involved in some sort of ministry somehow). The harvest is ready. But are you?
Hello again! I’m so happy you finished reading my post, and, boy, do I hope you liked it!
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