A woman’s burden for the salvation of children leads to a new ministry.
We are told to “go ye therefore, and teach all nations.” Matthew 28:19. We feel that our church, and especially our children, should have a burning desire to take the name of Jesus to the world. Over the course of the last few years, our local church has been active in reaching out through sharing books, Bibles and Bible studies to prisoners and the public. Our children are actively involved in areas of outreach in which they are old enough to participate in.
After reading passages from Adventist Home and other good counseling resources, we felt convicted to incorporate still more outreach into our homeschooling routine. We volunteered for community service in our local area, but as beneficial as this was for both the community and our children, something seemed to be lacking. We wanted to incorporate Christ more specifically into our labors. Slowly, God was leading us to embark on a new ministry effort.
I often thought about the fact that the outreach sponsored by churches and ministries typically targeted adults, not children. “I wish there were more resources to reach the children with,” I shared with my husband one day. “They are the adults of the future. Why isn’t more being done for them?”
Little did I realize God’s plan was to involve us in this specific work.
Our church received a heartfelt letter from a husband and father who had spent a lot of time in and out of jail. He shared his tender regard for his children, recognizing that his actions had hurt them in many ways. He sincerely longed for their salvation, and asked us if there was anything we could do for his children.
What can your children do in this outreach? I felt the Holy Spirit impress my mind.
What if children, under the direction of their parents and the church, witnessed to other children? It would be a great way to reach out to the little flock.
When I shared this concept with our church, everyone was excited. God just threw open the doors – so much so, that it shocked us. He obviously was leading in all of this, for each idea clearly and easily materialized.
We have developed a correspondence Bible study course where children receive a lesson (an evangelistic version of My Bible First) along with a corresponding craft. These are geared for new or non-Adventists. After the children complete the lessons, they receive an age-appropriate Bible. All materials, postage, Bibles and crafts are free to the receiver. Currently, we have two sets of lessons geared for children ages 4–6 and 7–12.
We hope to add teen lessons in the future if the need should arise. In order to maintain contact with the children, we would like to mail out a small magazine every other month. It will share more stories and lessons. These will be geared to those who have completed our first correspondence set, and to Seventh-day Adventist children familiar with our beliefs. We will also include an audio disc with Scripture songs, story time and more music sung by children for children. As this this new ministry unfolds, we appreciate your prayers.
You may ask, “Can my children get involved with this sort of outreach?” The answer is yes, they can! Contact us for free literature materials. Encourage your children to pass them out to their friends, or even attach the brochures to doors of homes in your community. May God richly bless you as you strive to encourage your children in His work!
Angela Alberts lives in Britton, South Dakota, and is the creator of the children’s Bible study lessons.
How You Can Help
Pray for the children who will be reached by this ministry. Pray that God will use these children to reach their parents with the truth.
For more information:
P.O. Box 43
Britton, SD 57430