Why I joined the Kids Ministry

Why I joined the Kids Ministry
With two of our very adorable princesses, taken after our Kids Funday presentation of “You are Special” by Max Lucado

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.

Teaching our big kids (ages 7-12) has been one of my favorite tasks. I like to surprise them, but almost always, they surprise me more! They are smarter than you think!

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.

Acting out as David and Goliath. This was  really fun! The kids enjoyed it so much!
This was taken during one of our Kids Birthday Funday celebration where we asked our kids to come in cowboy costumes. Aren’t they cute? 🙂
Birthday Fundays are never complete if we don’t get a chance to have our kids come in their favorite superhero costumes! 🙂

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, WowDid 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!

Kids Ministry is also about building fun relationship between the teachers and kids.

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! 🙂

” Together everyone achieves more!” This is so true!

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

Join a Life Group and begin your life now! 

An old cliche says, “Life begins at 40.”

I’m glad that cliche does not apply to me as I don’t think I have enough patience to wait till I reach that age before I could start enjoying my life. Because the truth is my life has already began the moment I came to know Christ.

Yes, that was just the beginning, the baby step. The real fun kicks in the moment I made a commitment to join, what we call, a Life Group – a group of men and women who are passionate about life, the Bread of Life, studying the Word and applying the Word in our day to day lives.

So what’s so hot about the Hotspot? Our hotspot is where you can register to become part of a Life Group. Here we will connect you to our different life groups that meet all across the country. And in case you need to know what Life Group is about, here are some of the basic things you need to know:

A Life Group is a perfect place to make new friends and build lasting relationships.

Yes, and the friendships you will build here are for keeps. The friends I meet here are what I consider gifts wrapped in different personalities. They are my treasure. They pray with me when I am in trouble and rejoice with me when our prayers got answered.

A Life Group is an avenue where you can be yourself – no judgment, no pretense and no fabrication.

We want to meet the real You. We understand that nobody is perfect. We are all the same in the eyes of the Lord and we all are sinners. Here, we want to build one another up and bring out the real You that God has created you to become.

A Life Group creates a bond that helps you connect with God.

A single coal burning by itself cannot create a fire, it has to be piled up with other burning coals. That’s what we do here, we want to create a fire that continuously burns for the Lord. The more fire you create, the more satisfied, happy, joyful, peaceful and loving you become. All because the fruit of the Holy Spirit manifests in each one causing you to become a light to other people and anywhere you go.

A Life Group helps you grow in your walk with God.

We want to see you soar high and pursue your God-given calling. This will only happen if you continously grow in maturity and understanding of the Word. The more you spend time with the Lord and the people who pursues the same goal, the more you will find fulfillment and joy in life. Here, we will be more than happy to journey with you deeper.

There are still so many other things we do in a Life Group. These are just a few of the basic things that we want to highlight to our churchgoers. We are here to serve you and we’d love to see you really enjoy this gift called, ‘life’.

We hope to see you in our HotSpot, bring your friends and family, register with us and we will plug you into our Life Groups as soon as possible!

So, my friend, life does not begin at 40.

Life begins now!

God bless! 😇

What Brings Me Joy

Someone asked me the other day, “What makes you happy?” If perhaps, I was asked this question nine years ago, I would have answered, “To be successful in what I do and have loads of money in my bank account.” However, something beautiful happened to me in 2007 that changed the course of the rest of my life. 

I came to know Jesus. 

Not the Jesus who were taught to me when I was a little girl – who was just another character in the bible stories nor the Jesus who were like a genie in a bottle just waiting to grant our three wishes. No, not that Jesus. But Jesus who is so real. A man who actually walked the face of this planet to die for my sins because I was such a fool and a big mess who can’t even make things right in my life. A God who knows my past, present and future, yet does not condemn me for all my mistakes, but accepts and welcomes me like a long lost bride because He loves me and wants me to be with Him in heaven forever. 

I was swept off my feet. 

I remember how that love changed my heart from the inside. I remember how loving and worshipping Him became so natural. Now, it is no longer a religion but a relationship that grows more each day as I begin to spend more time with Him.  

He became my everything. Everything I do is about pleasing Him and making Him smile. I never ever want to be apart from Him. In return, He gave me everything – more than I could ever ask for or even imagine. He opened my eyes and gave me a brand new perspective in living – a life with purpose and meaning. And more than anything, He gave me peace that surpasses all knowledge and understanding – something this world can never ever give. 

So, if you were gonna ask me now, “what brings me joy?” My answer would only be to share the love of Jesus to others, to see their lives be transformed because of that love and to see these people grow and share the same love to their friends and family. Whenever I see this happens, I am most happy and fulfilled. I knew I have served my purpose here on earth. My God is pleased and He is glorified in my life. 

As John Piper puts it, “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.” 

It was such a great privilege to be used by God as an instrument of that love so that others may know and understand that indeed He is real. I worked with these wonderful ladies about two years ago. Unbeknownst to them at the time, that God is about to change the rest of their lives forever in such an amazing way – whilst I was there just ready for the harvest. Witnessing first hand how God has molded the lives of these ladies brings an immense joy in my heart – with each testimony so beautiful, unique and glorious. With that, I am grateful and humbled to be called His servant. So, never let your salvation stop with you. Share it with others – even if you don’t feel like it; even if it costs you or even if they reject you – because as certain as seasons change – the grass withers and flowers bloom – harvest time will surely come. 🙂

 

Mission: Accomplished

Mission: Accomplished

(Earlier I posted the blog, “A Ladder with a Mission“, which I wrote three years ago. I thought I should better write a follow up and a conclusion to it.)

Present time – 5th August 2014

And so those were my sentiments back then. The mission was still vague at the time. All I could see were hindrances to my progress that I may be missing out a lot. But three years later, I have seen the bigger purpose unfold right before my very eyes.

I have been working in this same company since 2007 and we have had a total of sixty staff members who have left since the recession in 2008. I have learned to use the time with my colleagues in a productive manner. I never stopped praying for each one of them. I would share in every possible way the love of God regardless of their religious background. I have learned that since people come and go, my time is very short, therefore I must use it effectively. When given the chance to engage my colleagues, either through a day-to-day conversation or opportunities to share my views on certain topics, I would simply speak my mind based on biblical principles or simply just be a friend whom they could trust.

For some who were still a hard ground, I would give a bible or my favorite Christian books as birthday or Christmas presents – which of course they would not say “no” to. There were also those who were just about ripe for harvest whose hearts were ready to receive the Lord, then I would invite them to church or a bible study. Three of them have become part of my small group and one just got baptized. Then recently, (about two weeks ago) one of my hard grounds have softened finally, after 6 long years of watering with prayers, she has just committed her life to the Lord and is now attending the church. (She, herself has also invited friends to church).

Whenever I think about those moments of solitude in the office where I was tempted to sulk in my loneliness because I was the sole ‘survivor’ of the recession (I wasn’t so happy about it because I absorbed all the ‘jobs’ of the people who have left), I realized that I wasn’t really just seated on the lowest stool in the company. In natural fact, God has promoted me to a level where the ladder I climb goes up to heaven and he placed me in a position where I can be a light and salt that leads those men and women towards the right path. Had I allowed myself to be buried by animosity towards my job or the people I work with, I wouldn’t be able to fulfill my heavenly mission.

A few weeks ago, I just had this gut feel that my time with my present company is about to come to a close. I just knew it with an inner knowing which I couldn’t explain. Everything is starting to fall into place. I prayed to God that my boss will release me wholeheartedly, so I wouldn’t have to worry about the handover of my work. When I spoke to him, he freely gave me his blessings. That was already a miracle! I cried as he spoke to me, “you have been a wonderful employee and most of all a trusted friend. You have worked very hard through all those difficult years. If there are anything else you wish to pursue – the dreams of your heart  – I will not stand in the way. You are free to leave any time you wish – tomorrow, next week, next month or even next year – it doesn’t matter when. But should you change your mind or things don’t work out wherever it is you want to go, you are always free to come back. You will always have a family here.”

That is all I needed to hear, then I can truly say, “Mission accomplished!” 🙂

“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’” – Matthew 25:21a

Ladder with a Mission

Ladder with a Mission

Is this all there is?
Is this all there is?
I originally wrote this blog on the 30th July 2011. I found it as I was trawling through my previous journals. I thought it might be interesting to write a follow up three years later. Don’t forget to read the conclusion in my blog, “Mission: Accomplished“.   

30th July 2011 

Have you ever come to a point in your career where you felt as if you are only sitting on a stool and that is just about it day in and day out? You wanted to move up but unfortunately there isn’t any ladder to climb up to? Don’t get me wrong, I am grateful to still have a job. It certainly pays my bills, gives help to some needy friends and family and I could still manage to save some for the future. However, like I said, it is a job. But career? I oftentimes doubt it.

There are also times when I feel as if I am not where I am supposed to be. I was a banker. I worked as a relationship manager for 5 years. I was in a corporate world. The opportunity to climb up the ‘ladder’ was right within my reach. But that all changed when I chose to leave my own country and chose to work in a country where the kind of job I desire was not available simply because I came from a Third World nation and I speak with different accent. (I am not going to dwell on this topic because it is worth a whole new blog, I believe.)

So, to cut the story short, I ended up working in a construction industry which I didn’t have any clue how it actually operates. I started out as administrator, then I became an HR assistant. Later on, thanks to recession, I am now an office manager-slash-receptionist-slash-accountant-slash-PRO-slash-PA-slash-Project administrator-slash-name-it-i-will-be-it-for you, etc. If you are really going to look at it, it wasn’t really a stool I’m sitting on. I have, as a matter of fact, hoarded the ladder all to myself that I can climb up and down whenever I want to. How cool is that?

I can climb up and down whenever I like with my ladder!
I can climb up and down whenever I like with my ladder!
Everyday I get tempted to look at things in the eye of liability. I may choose to compare myself with all my other friends who have been getting the ‘titles’ and ‘promotions’ I desire and resent sitting on my ‘stool’. Or I may choose to compare myself with the millions of unemployed people out there who are dying to be where I am and be grateful for what I have.

I may choose to be on both sides of the fence. But deep inside my heart, I know one thing for certain, whatever my emotions towards my job or career or the people I work with, I am where I am for a purpose. A purpose far greater than my feelings or my dreams or myself. It was never an accident why I am still here. Everything I do and have is not about me. It is about the One who appointed me to be where I am for such a time as this. Until that purpose has been fulfilled, I will remain where I am. I do not know how long I need to stay here but when the time comes for me to move, only then will I move. I am pretty sure that it will not really be a ‘promotion’ as the world defines it. But it would be another mission from heaven – a new assignment, an expansion of uncharted territories with more lives to be touched. I am so looking forward to that day!