Some of the kids attending Sunday School at Rahab's House
Today I decided to spend time at the Sunday School at Rahab's House instead of attending the service at The Sanctuary. I got there at 7:40am and kids kept strolling in as the minutes passed. There were about 100 if not more kids who came some of them familiar faces who attend either the school in the Sanctuary or the kids club. Some of Pastor Chantha's students have joined together with a team from Hard Places, a group who are partnering with AIM to teach the Sunday school for the past several weeks as well as teaching English to the kids in the summer school. They did a fantastic job of engaging the kids in some crazy antics. It is always a joy to see the kids laughing and having fun like any 'normal' kid.
The Sunday school involved different praise songs, a bible lesson, a testimony from one of the team members and a craft time. I am amazed that the kids can sit and listen for 1 1/2 hours in this heat but they are used to it. Again as I thought back to two years ago, they were such a rowdy bunch, wild and out of control, not paying attention and yet today, as I watched them, they would say 'thank you' when the crafts were being handed to them, they automatically knew to sit in circles instead of all of them running up to the front like a mass herd of cattle grabbing things.As I stood there, I began to pray over this gathering, that the presence of the Lord would be in their midst, that the Holy Spirit will fill their little hearts with the fruit of the Spirit, that they would be a mighty army for God in this community, that they would be sold out for Jesus and be reflectors of His light, standing up for justice and for truth and most of all, that He would engrave His truth upon their hearts, minds and souls so that they will be committed to testifying that He is indeed the Way, the Truth and the Life.
Giving an offering to the Lord
The one event that was so touching to see was these 100+ kids learning that they too are to make weekly tithings to the Lord. Today as a little red bag with a white cross was passed by the rows of kids, they were singing a song 'thank you Jesus' as they put their meager offering into the bag. These kids really have nothing, they are the poorest of the poor, some of them will be lucky if they have a meal today, yet they are learning at a very young age that all they have belongs to the Lord. They are learning about giving sacrificially. They are learning that while God is no man's debtor, He is a God who will take however little we give to Him and multiply it. In Jesus's hands, such a small fare is the resource that became a miracle. After all, the feeding of the 5,000 in the Gospels was only possible because it was a little boy who gave his 5 loaves and 2 fish to Jesus. So too these little ones are giving their puny offerings but in the hands of Christ it becomes the stuff in which miracles can and do happen. May they have the privilege of seeing Him do such miracles in their generation as they offer not only their monetary gifts, but as they offer their lives to Him as a living sacrifice.
Giving Thanks for the Offering