Servant Working: God equips us.
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
The One who calls you is faithful and He will do it.
What can a kid do? Sometimes kids have bigger dreams than they are capable of carrying out alone. Sometimes they have bigger dreams than their parents do. Have your children ever come home with big dreams about how they can serve someone in need? When this happens parents can listen and help children seek out if God is calling them to serve. God uses people of all ages, even boys and girls, to carry out his mission in this world. Listen to your children’s dreams. Prayerfully consider how you can help them make their dreams become a reality.
One example of a servant-working kid is Kendall Ciesemier, from Wheaton, Illinois. When she was 12 years old, Kendall saw a program about African AIDS orphans on television. Kendall wanted to help so she started a charity called Kids Caring for Kids, which has raised thousands of dollars for children orphaned by AIDS in Africa. You can find out more about her charity at http://www.kidscaring4kids.org.
But kids don’t have to start their own organization to serve others. They can care for others by raising money for ministries like World Renew. Visit World Renew’s online gift catalogue at worldrenew.net/gifts and you’ll find ideas for how your kids can heroes—by serving others to make a difference.
Besides raising or giving money, what are other ways that children can make a difference and be servant workers?
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. What's the name of the city that was flooded?
A. Caiman City.
Q. What does Liz have to do in order to go to Caiman City to help?
A. Get his dad's permission and collect supplies.
Q. What does Liz's dad give him?
A. The family heirloom pocket watch.
Q. What does Liz's dad find on the front porch?
A. A note addressed to Liz.
Q. What does the note say?
A. “I believe in you.”
This question is meant to help the children develop a biblical understanding of God, who He is and what He does. The "answer" is not meant for parents to read to their children. Rather its purpose is to assist parents in guiding the conversation to this biblical understanding. We encourage you to use an open Bible in this conversation, building biblical literacy and well as a biblical theology.
How do we know when God is calling us to be servant-workers?
God’s call often comes to us through a call to care, or a challenge from an outside source. God’s call can come as a passion for a certain need or activity.. When we are encouraged by others who see our passion and our gifts, we can feel confident in God’s call. When Liz saw the need in Caiman City, he wanted to help. When his dad and his friends decided to come along with him and when he was able to collect the supplies needed, his desire to help became a reality. God’s faithfulness will provide the help that we need for the things God has called us to do.