I just wanted to take a minute and share my heart with you about kids, and about Kids Live! Children’s Ministry.
First of all, I would like to talk about my passion and why I do what I do. I love kids. I love to be around them, and love to plan kids’ events, and I love ministering to them. Nothing hurts me more than to see kids hurting. In today’s world, I see it all too often. One reason that I am in Children’s ministry today is because of a little girl, who we will call Megan (not her real name).
The summer before my senior year in college I interned at my home church with the children’s pastor, who is a great friend of mine. One of the things we did that summer was Day Camp, very similar to Heroes Day Camp, and Mythbusting Day Camp. Megan was an absolutely adorable 1st grade girl. For some reason, she had a hard time at Day Camp, periodically she would have meltdowns, where she would throw herself at the ground, and not move. Sometimes crying, sometimes just laying there silent. The first time I noticed this was while we were skating, probably because she was on skating floor-in the way.
On the last day, we had a barbeque where the parents were invited to come, and we had inflatables, and all kinds of fun stuff. At one point, Megan had one of these fits during our barbeque. Her family was there, so I took her to them. Her grandma explained to me that her parents were going through a particularly nasty divorce, and one of the parents wanted custody only for child support, and the other genuinely loved her. I did not know how to react to that. How can a child become a pawn in games adults play? Though there is nothing that I can do about her situation, I can offer her love, and a safe place where kids can just be kids. There are so many kids with the same story as Megan-or worse.
Another thing that shaped my passion that summer was our overnight camp. The theme for the camp was “Monster’s Inc.” (the Pixar movie). We talked about fear at camp, and finished our last chapel with a campfire. We set out a box of pinecones and told the kids that they can take a pinecone, declare their fear, then throw it in the fire as if they were getting rid of their fear. I expected to hear, “I’m afraid of the dark” and “I’m afraid of heights.” That was not at all what I heard. The fears that the kids spoke broke my heart; they said things like: “I’m afraid of my parents getting a divorce.” and “I’m afraid because my mom is sick.” These kids stated fears that they should not even be aware of. Kids today have so much more that they worry about than kids have ever had before.
So I became a Children’s Pastor because I want to be a positive influence in the lives of these kids. I want for them to have at least one positive voice saying, “You can make it, you don’t have to be afraid.” I want at least one voice to tell them that they are valuable, and God loves them no matter what.
Having said all of that, this is what I want Kids Live! to be: A place where kids are loved and accepted for who they are, where they will learn about who God is, and grow up to become a fully devoted follower of Christ.
When I was in high school, the statistic was that 80% of people who accept Christ will do so before the age of 18. Research has shown that this age has now changed to 12. That means: 80% of people who accept Christ will do so before the age of 12. That shows the importance of outreach events such as VBS, Eggstravaganza, and Harvest Party. We must reach kids for the gospel of Jesus Christ.
I don’t know about you, but I am into changing culture. I am sick and tired of watching culture and society degrade. We have corrupt politicians and business leaders, more violence and sex on TV than I stomach, and fear about every little and big thing we can imagine. What would happen if we reached a whole generation for the gospel of Jesus Christ? What if a generation stood up to Hollywood and said, “We don’t want filth anymore.” What if we reached a generation who became passionate about Jesus Christ and they grew up to become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ? Could all of this change?
Kids Live! exists to see kids grow up to become fully devoted followers of Christ. Want to change culture with me?