This year, if I am not mistaken, marks my 9th year serving as a Kids Church teacher. I can’t believe it’s been that long! Oh how time flies!
I remember when I first joined the Kids Ministry, I was a bit of a shy person. I didn’t have confidence. I didn’t feel qualified to teach nor think that I have something much to offer since I was also a baby Christian back then. Add to that, the fact that I wasn’t really that good around kids. (Well, let’s just say the longest I can hold up a decent conversation with a kid was five minutes… or less!)
So why did I join the Kids Ministry? I could think of a lot of reasons now after several years of serving in this ministry but these, I believe are the basic ones.
First of all, I knew God called me to teach.
I remember when I was a little girl, I love to play what we call in Tagalog, “Teacher-teacheran”. I enjoy being called, a “teacher” and of course, I love passing on what I learned to other people. Although, unfortunately I didn’t end up being a teacher by profession, but deep down inside, I knew that someday somewhere I will be able to fulfill this calling. And I am so glad that I signed up to this ministry as it opened up a lot of doors for my other giftings to come out.
Secondly, I want to challenge myself.
When I first joined the KIDS, I was too afraid of standing in front of the children. I see them as little monsters ready to devour me at a blink of an eye. I always think that perhaps they might throw paper, pens or books at me because I am unqualified to teach. I didn’t think I have what it takes knowing that being a teacher requires an enormous amount of energy, patience, skills, creativity and passion for the children. But through the years, I have learned to come out of my comfort zone and try to do all sorts of stuff for the enjoyment of our children and the teachers as well. It’s funny how each time, I would discover some new talent in me and I would just laugh inside because I knew God made me do it so that He could bring out something new from within me.
I am so grateful for the Kids Ministry for challenging me to grow and multiply my talents.
Finally, I would like to honor God and make a difference in the lives of the next generation.
Although there may be times when I feel as if teaching a bunch of rumbunctious kids doesn’t make much impact to their lives, as I keep showing up each week and planting seeds of faith into their hearts, teaching them how to obey God and leading them towards Jesus, I knew that my labour was not in vain.
One of my most precious moments was when I saw one of our kids whom I have not seen for a long long time in the mall and when she saw me, she screamed with excitement, “Teacher Piaaaaa!!” Then she ran towards me and gave me a big hug.
My heart sank.
As I hugged her back, I thought to myself, Wow! Did she just call me, ‘teacher’? And she remembers my name! Thank you, Lord.
I felt as if it was Jesus who hugged me that moment. Oh so precious!
I thank God for making me a part of this ministry and I am grateful for all the men and women who sacrificially give off their time, talents, money and efforts in making a difference in the lives of our future generation of leaders. You are all amazing!
Keep up the good work! 🙂
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14