Thank you for standing with us this year! We are so grateful for your prayers, support, and encouragement throughout this year. God has done abundantly above all we could have asked and imagined in allowing us to reach over 12,300 children in 559 classrooms each week this fall! God is doing mighty things and you are part of this amazing story! We are so grateful for YOU! Thank you for being part of the team!
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It was my second time giving the Bible lesson. I was really nervousabout it and kept asking God to speak through me and give me strength. We also prayed that one child would come to know Christ that day at club.
After the Bible lesson I went to the back of the room to counsel any children who had questions, and two girls joined me. I asked the first girl if she had a question, and she said, “Yes, I want to ask Jesus into my heart!” I was so excited—it was the first time I’d ever gotten to lead a child I was counseling to Christ!
As I was sharing the gospel and asking her questions, I kept asking the Lord to show me just what to say. And He did—He kept speaking through me to this little girl! At the end she was so excited about being a child of God and reading her Bible!
I was thrilled and overwhelmed with how amazingly God answered all of our prayers! Tabitha Kaneshiro
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“What do you want to be when you grow up?” I asked the class. Several children raised their hands.
“A judge,” said one.
“A teacher,” said another.
The third said, “A basketball player!”
I called on one last boy: “I want to be a preacher,” he said with a striking boldness in his voice.
“So do you think you can wake up suddenly one day and become a teacher or a professional basketball player?” I asked them.
“No,” they all said.
“What steps would you have to take to get there? What will you have to do if you want to be a preacher?” I said, addressing my little preacher friend.
“I have to read my Bible,” he said.
I was shocked. Even though I am not allowed to initiate conversations about God in school, I still got to talk about Him because of a little boy who wants to become a preacher. Carolyn Hills
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“Jesus! Jesus, Jesus, Jesus!” The little girl’s words were a direct answer to prayer.
The day before God had burdened my heart to pray that the name of Jesus would be spoken in class at school. I realized that throughout the session we actually got to talk a lot about God at school in response to the children’s questions, more than I ever expected. For example, we asked them who made the light bulb, and they called out in unison “God!”
“God created the light, you’re right! But who made the light bulb?”
Little opportunities like that came up at least a couple times each week, but I’d never gotten to say the name of Jesus at school.
That morning I was talking to God about it, and He gave me the verse, “O LORD, our God, other lords beside thee have had dominion over us: but by Thee only will we make mention of Thy name” (Isaiah 26:13). God put it on my heart to pray that, even though we aren’t allowed to mention the name of Jesus at school, one of the kids would say His name in class.
The next day my teaching partner and I went to class and we were talking about authorities, and none of the kids even mentioned God or Jesus. Just before our last class I prayed, “God, I know it’s Your will for Your name to be spoken at school, so please put it on one of the kids’ hearts to mention the name of Jesus.”
We went to our last class of the day and asked them if they knew who some of our authorities are. A little girl sitting in front raised her hand. When I called on her she pointed her finger up and said “Jesus!” I was so excited!
“Yes! Very good!”
She smiled and said again and again, “Jesus! Jesus! Jesus!”
Wow! What God can do when we simply ask in faith. Amy Schwartz
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One of my classes on Wednesday was particularly challenging—a class full of hyper second-graders who needed a lot of hands-on activities to stay engaged. Four of the boys acted especially crazy, and if the teacher walked out while we were teaching, they went berzerk. They would talk and do their own thing during every character class we taught. We were at a loss for how to keep their attention.
How can I reach them? How can I teach them, and show them that I really care? I asked God for His wisdom, and He put it on my heart to learn our students’ names. That was going to be a challenge, because we have at least six classes on Wednesdays and a lot more throughout the week. But I decided I would do it. And we finally got the names of the kids in our second grade class.
That week when we walked into the school and saw our second grade students in the hall, they asked me if I could remember their names. I went down the list, one name at a time. They were all shocked. When it was time to teach their character class they were all so excited to see what we had to show them. They behaved very well, and listened attentively to what we taught them!
I thank God that He showed us the key to reaching these children. We all want to be special and valued as individuals. I thank God that He knows me by my name! Clarissa Chavez
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