In 2 Timothy 2:2 , Paul tells Timothy,
“You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Now, teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others.”
When I started attending a small girls group and eventually youth group at the start of middle school, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I had a very vague idea of who God was, but no concept of anything deeper. If left to my own strength and knowledge, who knows where I would be? What I needed was people who would step up, and teach me what they knew. Thank God, that is exactly what I got.
Andrea Evans and Deanna Atkins taught me how to build the foundation of my relationship with the Lord. They taught me how to pray. They showed me how to speak life to myself and to others around me. These women taught me to believe in miracles and a great big God. They showed me my first example of what community looks like by choosing to do life together outside of Sunday service. Andrea and Deanna gave me a hunger for more.
Brandy Dalton came along side of me. She brought me into her home for dinner and sleepovers. She never needed to say much. The way Brandy led me best was by example. I was watching. I saw how she loved her husband and her children. I saw how she served strangers. I saw how she worshipped. I saw how she was the same beautiful bright light in every scenario of life. I wanted what Brandy had, and what Brandy had was Jesus.
Terri Howell sat with me (and still does) at coffee shops and diners asking me questions about my life and about God. Terri allowed me to process things in a way that I never knew I needed. She never forced anything on me. More than anything, Terri showed me that she genuinely cared about what I had to say. I began the process of learning how to be seen and heard in these moments.
Ryan Gallegos and Derrick Lane showed me that God has an amazing sense of humor. They taught me that it is okay to disagree and even fight, in the end Christ’s love always prevails. In knowing them, I learned how much forgivness matters. I learned that men could be both gentle and fierce. They showed me first hand what it looks like to be pursued by God and in pursuit of Him no matter what happens in life.
I deeply appreciate when the Lord works in full circle moments like this one. I have been given an extremely cool opportunity to lead a Kid’s Bible Club in our apartment complex. Last Thursday, 15 kids showed up to learn more about God. They ate pizza, played games, then cut to the chase and asked some really intentional questions about the Father. Some of these kids have a troubled home life. In one case, we have a teenager who fishes in the pond for dinner. Some are provided for. Some are believers, and some have no idea where to begin a relationship with God. I now have the chance to be what so many people have been for me, and I am beyond grateful.
In the coming weeks, I plan on sharing with you how this all came to be. The Father is a beautiful story teller, and I would truly hate to leave out any of His details. In the meantime, I urge you to pray for us. You can pray that our Bible Club would be a space grounded in love. Pray that we would begin raising up a generation of passionate warriors of the kingdom. Would you prayerfully consider supporting us financially, for expenses like: food, crafts, curriculum?
Lastly, pray that we would be people that our kids could look back 10 years from now and say, “they made an impact on my life and more importantly my walk with Jesus.” Because at some point along the way, someone did that exact same thing for us.