Children and the Mission of the Church

We’ve had many reminders of the critical place that childrenhave in Jesus’ plan for the world. In the past week we’ve heard about world news regarding children in the following venues… unaccompanied minors crossing our borders, children being used as suicide bombers, ebola death epidemic, famine, refugee camps, child trafficking, terror groups using children as human shields. Additionally, we’ve just celebrated another wonderful Vacation Bible School and heard good reports about work camps and mission trips.

So we’re encouraged to lift our voices together in prayer and thanksgiving for God’s work in our church family and rejoice in the blessings of summer kid-focused ministries. I John 4:14 reads - “The Father sent His Son to be the Savior of the world.” Jesus came as a child; Jesus loved children and welcomed them into His arms. He used children to teach about His kingdom. We pray and care for many children in our own families, neighborhoods, and church family. But our mission world is beyond the walls of GBC. As we interact with the world media this week, use each piece of news to pray for children around the world to know the love of Jesus and love Him back. Pray for specific children, for specific countries, for specific situations. At a time of crisis, Jeremiah wrote these words: “Arise, cry out in the night, at the beginning of the night watches! Pour out your heart like water before the presence of the Lord! Lift your hand to him for the lives of your children, who faint for hunger at the head of every street.” [Lamentations 2:19]