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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

That's the Gospel

Last week we hosted a 5-Day Club and had from 12-18 kids, depending on the day, in our basement family room. Three teens presented the club, after they attended a week of training through the Christian Youth in Action program. For them, it is the second week of a two-week camp-like discipleship and training program. For us, it provided an opportunity to host a 5-Day Club, reach out to our neighborhood with the Gospel, and show our children the possibilities ahead of them for serving Christ.

The team of teachers took turns presenting the Wordless book story, the songs, and the missionary story. Each day after the Bible lesson (Wordless book story) that teacher left the room to wait in case any of the kids wanted to talk with them about believing in Jesus.

Jessica, Hannah, Tony, and Cory came each day to serve our family and our neighbors and friends. Tony, a CEF staff member, drove the crew each day to and from the club.

After club I served cookies to everyone and on one afternoon the kids went outside to run through the sprinklers and cool off.

It doesn't seem possible to hear the Gospel too many times, does it? Hope and Sydney, at nine years old, are beginning to think more deeply about what Christ means to their lives. Meanwhile, Lane is on the brink of turning seven and Toby is just three. They are all in different stages of development and understanding of the impact that the Gospel has on themselves. I found it very valuable for them to hear the lessons as they sat near their neighborhood friends, some who may not have heard about Jesus.

Hosting a 5-Day Club was just one more way of teaching my children, through actions, that the truth of Jesus Christ changes everything about the way we live our life. It is my hope that hosting a summer neighborhood Bible club outreach is one more way of showing our kids that "normal" life includes standing strong for the Gospel of Christ and proclaiming His Name, for His glory, to everyone!

And what is the Gospel? "That Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures." (I Corinthians 15:3-4) NIV


Meredith said...

I have just read this post and had to pause to praise God for you and for this precious ministry. I pray that the gospel will sink deeper and deeper into the hearts of your children, that the hearts of your visitors will also be touched by the gospel and that you will have great neighbourhood opportunities to follow up.

And I am thankful for the idea. My heart beat faster as I read what you had done and am wondering whether we have an opportunity to do the same here where we live.

Thankyou and God bless you richly.
~ Meredith

Mrs. Edwards said...

I appreciate your prayers so much.

Back in April and May a friend of mine mentioned having a backyard Bible club this summer. Hearing that, I felt a bit like you: "I should do that." Of course, "should" and "will" aren't the same sentiment! But, God was so good to provide the next step, since I was asked to be a host home for the training program's 5-Day Clubs. I knew I needed to accept that opportunity, and was thankful for being able to host the club without needing to manage all the details of teaching.

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