What Character Looks Like In Real Life

It was our toughest class at this school. Even though the lesson started off well, I could sense tension in the room, like we were just barely holding their attention. Suddenly, without any warning, one of the kids sprang to his feet in a panic attack and bolted across the room to his teacher, screaming in fear. In a split second the entire class was on their feet laughing, pointing and imitating the boy’s movements.

My heart broke. The children refused to Hannah-1apologize to their classmate. “It was funny!” they said. Eventually, the class calmed down some and the teacher took the young boy out of the room.

My teaching partner and I started talking to the children again, trying to make an emotional connection with them. You could see a couple of the children’s eyes drop to the floor as we explained the pain they had caused by mocking and what kind of character they had exemplified. But several of the kids held their heads up in defiance saying, “Why should I have to apologize? It was hilarious.”

Later we realized what a blessing it was that we got to be there when the whole incident occurred. We’d only been with this class for about three weeks, and have already seen some fruit in the children’s behavior. However, a lot of what we said was just a bunch of rules to them. That day we had the divine opportunity to show the children where the rubber meets the road—what good character looks like in a given situation, and how to make things right when we fail. We got to show the children what good character looks like in real life. Hannah Keller

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Can I Be On the Other Team?

Can I Be On the Other Team?

One of the older boys on my small group asked me this question the first two weeks at Bible club. Those are not easy words for a small group leader to hear.

My partner and I were doing the best we could, trying to make our time with these five boys both fun and meaningful. We prayed, asking God to give us lessons that would be just right for them. I also prayed that more boys would join us, if it was God’s will. My biggest prayer and desire has been that they would understand how real God is, and that each of their lives will be changed for eternity. But how could this happen if they don’t even want to be there?

When my teaching partner and I got together to plan for the third week, I was excited and encouraged. God had showed me that He was more than big enough to work in the hearts of these boys. I just needed to keep my trust in Him.

Our planning session went well, and we were looking forward to our next club meeting. But three of the boys didn’t make it that day, and one of the two who did was the boy who asked to join the other team. We started into our lesson with them and both were engaged. We talked about staying away from evil things that could hurt us and keep us from following Jesus. To demonstrate, we had the boys help us come up with ideas of things we should stay away from. Both of the boys had really good input and it was neat to see them think it through. We wrote their ideas on stickers we had brought. When we were done we went outside and played tag with the stickers. Afterwards we talked about how we should stay away from evil with the same amount of energy we used to get away from the stickers, and continued with our lesson.

The boy never asked to switch teams again. God knew what He was doing when He had only two boys come. I am thankful for the way God works all things out for good, and I pray that the seeds we were able to plant will bear much fruit. Darcie Isitt

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Summer Challenge 2014

Summer Challenge 2014

Thank You!!

 

Dear friends,

Thanks to your prayers and financial support, the Summer Challenge reached $18,310.00! Thank you for standing with us! Because of your generous giving, many children and young adults will be further equipped, inspired, and mobilized to make an impact. Please watch this brief video message and join me in celebrating the great work God is doing.

You are a great blessing! Thank you again for standing with us!

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Proud to Humble

Proud to Humble

By Nathan Collins

I’ve got this. I’ve been teaching Bible lessons for over three years. I’m good at this kind of teaching. If I had to, I could get up and give it right now with no practice and would probably do amazing.Nathan_blog3

That was my attitude about my Bible lesson evaluation. We had over a week to prepare for evaluations, with different assignments to help get us ready, but I didn’t take any of them very seriously.

The day before I was supposed to get evaluated, I practiced my Bible lesson on my roommate. After about ten minutes, I stopped, frustrated and humiliated. “What is wrong with me!” I said. For some reason, I was extremely confused and stumbled all over my points and links. God showed me how prideful I had been the whole time I was preparing Nathan_blog2for my lesson. I confessed my heart of pride to God and asked Him to teach me to rely on Him fully. Then I emailed my parents and asked them to pray for my Bible lesson.

When I got up to give my Bible lesson the next day at Bible club, I prayed that God would direct every word, and that it would not be about me. God answered that prayer in an amazing way! My Bible lesson went better than I could have ever hoped. Everything was very clear. God gave me some great examples on the spot that I had not even prepared. It was such an encouragement. That’s what God can do through me if I rely solely on Him, and get rid of the I’ve got this—I’ve done this before attitude.

Nathan_blog4If I had tried to do it in my own strength, I might have passed my practicum, but because I was willing to rely on God I was able to see His hand at work through me. This is far greater than seeking my own glory and trying to do things in my own strength. My prayer is that I will continue to rely on God for all that I do. I know it’s easier said than done, but that is my sincere prayer.

“It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes.” Psalm 118:8-9

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