I grew up as a missionary kid in Indonesia. As a young child, my parents taught me to serve, to minister to those around me, and I was thrust into the crosshairs of intense spiritual warfare.
I have worked in KidMin in various capacities throughout the U.S. and the world (volunteer, Christian school teacher, and vocation) for the past twenty years. Through these experiences, I have become thoroughly convinced that “they’re already ready” – to serve, to minister, to engage in spiritual warfare, and to set an example for the believers (1 Tim. 4:12).
Ready to Serve
Serving in our church children’s ministry for 4 1/2 years, I provided the staff support for our 5th and 6th Grade ministry – a service-based pre-youth group experience based on Acts 1:8. Our students had opportunities to serve in our children’s ministry, our church, our city, and through Operation Christmas Child and Kids Against Hunger.
Again and again, these 5th and 6th Graders rose to the challenge – serving with joy, purpose, and maturity. Over and over I saw their hunger to make a real difference in their world, so much so that they inspired the adults who served as their small group leaders.
Our kids are Already Ready to serve.
Ready to Minister
I taught 3rd Grade at a Christian school this year. One of my student’s father was diagnosed with a fast-acting cancer. Over the year as she would share updates with us, I saw my class of eight and nine year olds effectively minister to her and to each other.
As we discussed the realities of life, death, suffering, and God’s answers to our prayers; I saw my students process, understand, and apply the concepts we conversed about. I saw them minister with compassionate honesty, genuine comfort, and biblical wisdom & maturity. Time and again during our Bible time, they would gather around, placing their hands on her, ready to comfort and intercede for her.
Our kids are Already Ready to minister.
Ready to Engage in Spiritual Warfare
For two years, I led a week long children’s ministry outreach in conjunction with a ministry my church partners with in Asia. Having grown up in Indonesia, I know firsthand the level of spiritual warfare these children are already dealing with in their youth.
During one outreach, I shared the testimony of my experience with spirtual warfare and oppression with this group of children whose ages spanned from two to fifteen years old. I will always remember the look of understanding and connection I saw in their eyes.
Children worldwide are dealing with spiritual warfare and are in dire need of knowing the principles of how to effectively deal with spiritual warfare.
Our kids are Already Ready to engage in spiritual warfare.
Ready to Set an Example
In every setting I have engaged in KidMin – camps, Christian schools, churches, mission trips – I have seen kids who are ready to set an example for the believers (1 Tim. 4:12). They only need to be esteemed, empowered, and equipped to do so.
They’re Already Ready . . .
What are we doing to enable them to soar?