Serving with Bethel Kids is a Good Thing in My Life
I choose to serve time after time because of God, others, and myself. I believe God at His Word. From Genesis to Revelation, that’s what we teach in Bethel Kids: God is true at His Word. 1 Peter 4:10 tells me, “As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” Wow! That piece of scripture tells me I’m gifted and equipped, using it to serve others, and God is glorified in the process. Who could ask for more than that?
My children have been at Bethel since birth and are continuing to grow up as a product of Bethel Kids. Not only have they been recipients, but now are serving with Bethel Kids on Sundays. It’s important to me to teach and train them to serve in God’s army.
Bethel Kids is structured, academic, and rewarding. I get to enhance my learning of The Holy Bible by teaching it! Yes, by teaching I too am learning. Sometimes, I learn things that I didn’t catch the first time. Our kids at Bethel learn things that students learn in Bible college. Yes, Bible college! Some basic theology, but some advanced. Our program is organized, planned, and with purpose. We follow carefully established learning objectives. We reinforce the weekly lessons with creativity and fun games. Overall, we are building stewards of God’s Word and God’s kingdom come. We are also benefiting in the process.
Kids always make my volunteering worthwhile. Despite lacking sleep on Sunday mornings (I am not a morning person); despite whether or not “I feel like it” to leave my cozy home, and drive the road to church in order to arrive early before the kids show up; despite all of the challenges and sacrifices throughout the busy school year, the children always have made it worthwhile. They make me laugh, they warm my heart, and they remind me why Jesus loves the little children.
I also get to work with some great people at Bethel Kids. Leaders like Enoch Vargas and Cherie Allwine who work with loving hearts. I know because I am fortunate to experience their cheery dispositions and smiling faces week in and week out. It’s also great to work with such professional and dedicated volunteers who contribute faithfully. In the process, I gain Christian friends because my experience is that what you put into it, you’ll get out of it. And I’ve found no better way to develop good relationships than to work alongside others who are like-minded.
So, in reflection, I get to claim the opportunity to be obedient to God’s Word, love Him and love others, and put it all into action. God is good.
“Jesus replied: “’Love the Lord Your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Matthew 22:37-39 NASB