The following was included in the February issue of the Greenwood District Newsletter:
Did you know that in the United States we average 14 churches for every one public school? That is a staggering, overwhelming statistic. Think about your community. How many churches are there compared to public schools?
Now use that information to answer Jesus’ question to Simon Peter, “’…Simon, son of John, do you love me?’ Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, ‘Do you love me?’ and he said to him, ‘Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Feed my sheep.’” (John 21:17, ESV)
What are we, as disciples of Christ, doing to feed his sheep by taking care of the children in our churches and greater communities? Responding to the call and the challenge is so much more than periodically collecting food for the local food pantry, participating in a coat collection event, or sponsoring a backpack ministry of providing food for students for the weekend.
We are still in early 2014, so will you accept the challenge to evaluate your outreach and nurture ministries? How can your church building be used, or how is your church building being used, to support and enhance your nurture and outreach ministries? How can you build a relationship with the schools and other churches in your area for outreach and nurture to take care of all God’s children? Prayerfully consider this challenge and obligation to take care of all God’s children as you work to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world. From this perspective, the only answer we can give is “Here I am, Lord, send me!”
Please share with us what programs, events, activities, etc., your church(es) have implemented to form ministry partnerships and to meet the needs of “all” the children in your community.
Let our mantra for 2014 be the same as the African Maasai Tribe’s traditional greeting: And how are the children? Our answer should be the same as the Maasai, The children are well, meaning that we have done what is necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of the poor, the needy, and the defenseless.