As a full-time wife, full-time mom, and full-time writer (plus part-time mentor) I’m super picky about what my kids are involved in. Even though we had seasons of t-ball, 4-H, dance, soccer, art classes and language lessons there were only a few things we focused on long-term:
1. Homeschool basketball
2. Homeschool choir
As our older three children grew into teenagers, there was something else we focused on: missions. I wanted my children to understand different cultures and know that there were people all around the world who needed to hear the good news of Jesus!
Here is a photo of our 2008 missions trip to the Czech Republic. It was our first trip, and four more followed. And now Leslie is living there full-time, sharing Jesus with those she teaches and meets.
One great thing about having a second round of kids is using the wisdom I gained on the first set to help me make decisions. (Yes, the first set were the guinea pigs, and they know it!)
When we first adopted Bella and Casey we took a solid year just to firm up our relationships and get them healthy. They were in therapies and schools, getting the help they needed, but I knew better than to add on any extra curricular activities. We needed to be a family first!
But as 2014 started, I was excited about the progress that the kids had made so I started asking around about one specific program: Awana! Out of all the clubs, lessons, or sports teams I could choose, I picked Awana because the most important thing we can impart in our children is knowledge of God and His Word. The key goal of Awana is to introduce Jesus Christ and to help children plant God’s Word in their hearts, by training dedicated leaders!
What many people don’t realize–what I didn’t realize–is that Awana has leaders all over the world! According to their annual report, there are three nations that now feature more than 1,000 Awana clubs:
India (5,447), nepal (1,453) and Kenya (1,123).
• Kenya has added over 900 clubs in the last four years. those clubs are reaching 114,000 children.
• Nepal has grown seven-fold in the last four years.
• Awana is expanding even in more religiously restrictive countries. two examples are Egypt, where 94 clubs are ministering to 11,325 children each week, and Cuba, home to 127 clubs.
…to go to Kenya, so I can help tell the Awana story! How amazing is that?
A team of Christian ministry workers, Awana staff and bloggers will be traveling together. We’ll be connect with Awana leaders and CHILDREN … to help tell their story. My hope is that you’ll be so excited about what Awana is doing that you’ll be encouraged to ADOPT A CLUB. For $10 you can make a difference in a club … that is not $10 per child, but $10 per club!
Over the summer I’d love to highlight some of you who want to make a difference. Want to host a yard sale or bake sale for Awana? Let me know and send me pictures! I’d love to highlight you on my blog.
Excited? I am! I mean when is the last time that your $10 has been used to impact a whole CLUB of kids?
But, wait! The excitement is just beginning. I think we’re going to all be bubbling up with excitement when I (we!) get to see what’s happening in Nairobi!
So would you pray?
1. Pray for this team.
2. Pray for this trip.
3. Pray for my family who will be sacrificing so much. (It’s hard when Mom’s away!)
4. Also, pray for the kids who need to hear the good news of Jesus.
5. Finally, pray that the inspiration of God will flow through me, and that I will be able to share HIS story of HIS work in the lives of children around the world!
To Him be the glory.