"Children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth" (Ps 127:3-4). Think of how much you love your kids. Yes they can get annoying, fiesty, cranky and make you want to rip your hair out at times. However, they are a tremendous blessing from the Lord. Now...imagine how much the LORD loves them. And not just your kids, but all the children of the world. All throughout scriptures we see how special, precious and treasured children are to the Lord. We are also carefully warned and instructed how to treat them, care for them and raise them up.
Unfortunately, this is a huge issue down here in Bachiniva. There is a tremendous lack of parents that are taking a responsibility, before the Lord, to care for their children. It is difficult at times to see children all over the place, doing whatever they want, coming and going as they choose, and trying to get through life in the absence of parents. Oh they might be there physically, to put food on the table or clothes on their back. But for the most part, any type of raising or training up is not there, especially, in the ways of the Lord. As a result, you find kids who are forced to look to other things to fill that void in their life.
One of the biggest blessings of the church and ministry down here, is how many children are apart of it. Tonight, we will feed 60-70 people after church through our soup kitchen. 30-40 of those will most likely be children and youth. God has given us the opportunity to invest in the lives of these children and more importantly, teach them how much Jesus loves them and what a relationship with Him looks like.
Like most churches back home in the states, we too held our VBS (escuelita de ninos) last week. It was a huge success and blessing to see all of the children come out , over the 3 days, to hear and learn about Jesus. Our theme was "Rancha Avalancha" (Avanlance Ranch). During our time together, we wanted the kids to understand that Jesus is the Truth, "Jesus es la Verdad", Jesus is with us, "Jesus esta conmigo" and Jesus is our strength, "Jesus es mi Fuerza."
Through our daily time of worship, bible study, craft, games and questions/answers at the end, we were pleased with how the Lord worked and moved. Our continual prayer is that the Word will accomplish the purpose for which it was sent...AND...that the seeds that were planted in these kids' hearts will begin to grow.
The theme song for the week was "You Are My All In All" I hadn't heard that song in a while, and it ministered to my heart in a tremendous way, especially in spanish. There are just certain songs that are incredibly beautiful in other languages. It was also extra special, watching all of the children worshipping and singing from the depths of their hearts....
"Jesus, Lamb of God, worthy is your name. Jesus, Lamb of God, worthy is Your name. Worthy is Your name, worthy is Your name."