“Who trained these kids?”

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” – Proverbs 22:6

Question for the day:  What is my role in the kingdom?

I have so enjoyed taking this month and looking at all the outreach work going on in our church.  Many times, if it doesn’t involve me directly, things seem to slip past me without my being aware them.

One of the more astonishing things I have noticed is how much participation we have from our youth group in our mission activities.  What leads a 15-year-old to want to spend his summer break on construction sites, building projects, vbs, and all the other projects we participate in?

PARENTS – THAT’S WHO!  And to a lesser degree, pastors, Sunday School teachers, youth leaders and the like.  But I have to give a big hand to all the parents out there that have done the hard work of encouraging and modeling servanthood for our kids.  Thank you for your time, effort and hard work in teaching your kids what it means to be a follower of Christ.  I am thankful to all of you for the example you set for parents like me. It is my hope that I can look back one day and see that one of my biggest roles in the kingdom was to raise God-glorifying children.

So often I read about how this current generation of young people is an entitlement driven, self-focused group.  As I look around our church, I see just the opposite: I see compassionate, moral, caring young people.  It gives me a great deal of hope for the future of the church as well as society.

Please join me in praying for two of our mission teams today that are predominately populated with our young people.  The first is our College Nicaragua Team.  They will be leaving for Chacraseca in August to continue the home building efforts there:
Kendra Bridgham
Lydia Chappell
Lindsey Comas
Brad Gosdin
Will Gosdin
Wade Griffith
Nate Hall
Zach Miller
David Sanderlin
Jason Smith

As well, we are lifting up our Appalachian Service Team, who are hard at work doing home repairs in Eastern Kentucky.

Jared Chappell

Randall Clark
Ben Dauphin
Schuyler Logan
William Morhard
Will Newton
Kathleen Hagerty
Ellen Looney
Mary Smyth
Claire Corcoran
Caroline Looney
Beth Hagerty
God Almighty,
Praise be to You,  Mighty Jehovah, for You created and ordained the family as a sacred cornerstone of society.  Thank you for our young people – those that will lead the next generation in following Your ordinances and caring for those around them.  And thank you for the adults in our congregation that have spent a lifetime in teaching the Word and Your principles to these kids.  Surely the fruit of their labor is becoming evident.
Please bless our families as we continue to raise our children in this Christian community.  Give us wisdom, patience, and teach us to prioritize our time and efforts around those things eternal.  May the families of Liberty Crossings continue to bring glory to You and Your kingdom for generations to come.
We ask for Your overflowing blessings on these two teams.  May they travel safely, encounter You at every turn, and love deeply those they serve in the name of Christ.
In Jesus’ name we pray,
Amen

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