When the parents brought their kids to Jesus the disciples rebuked them. Jesus rebuked the disciples and told them that heaven is for people that have faith like children. The humble are the ones that will end up in heaven. Those people that think they are awesome and are proud will not get to heaven.
“And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18 And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. 19 You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.’” 20 And he said to him, “Teacher, all these I have kept from my youth.” 21 And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” 22 Disheartened by the saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
23 And Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How difficult it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” 24 And the disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how difficult it is[b] to enter the kingdom of God! 25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” 26 And they were exceedingly astonished, and said to him,[c] “Then who can be saved?” 27 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.” 28 Peter began to say to him, “See, we have left everything and followed you.” 29 Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, 30 who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life. 31 But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”” Mark 10:17-30
It was the perfect transition to the gospel. I walked the kids through all of the 10 commandments and explained that the rich young ruler had made an idle of money. He was bowing down to money. I showed them that they had broken the law at least by disobeying their parents. I talked about the fact that sin is breaking the law. The wages of sin is death. I had them think back to our discussion about Jesus being the resurrection and the life.
In the next section of scripture, Jesus foretells his death and resurrection. I told the kids that Jesus tells the disciples. I asked the students what they thought would happen? They told me that Jesus would die and rise from the grave just like he said. I was excited that they were understanding all that talked about the past several weeks.
I walked them through the death and resurrection of Jesus and told them they needed to repent and trust in Jesus.
I had a Kids Club in New Kensington as well. I was so blessed to be able to share the gospel with such a wide age range. I was able to come up with lots of games for the kids to play. I was pointed in the direction of “Minute to Win it” videos on YouTube and the kids loved the games. We played about 5 games each week. The kids got prizes for winning games and for paying attention to the story.
I also did some of my normal games as well like the parachute. I had the kids make tie-dye shirts. You can see in the first picture the kids wearing the shirts a few weeks later. We also did chalk and chalk paint, regular painting, six-foot bubbles was a big draw. The kids had fun and they heard stories of Jesus from Jesus being born until about Mark 10 through the past few weeks. They did hear about the gospel at least once a week.
With COVID there is nothing for the kids to do. Everything was shut down this summer and the kids went out even less than they normally do. The kids and parents were grateful for some time for the kids to play.
Most of the activities I would get a group of kids interested in when they showed up and as they got bored of one game I would move them to the next and show the new kids that would show up the game that the other kids just left and after a good number of kids would show up then I would do a word puzzle with all the kids and share a Bible Story.
It was wonderful to hear so many thank yous for my time this summer. God is so good. I made a plan to do ministry at these two locations last summer. I had no idea about COVID. God is so gracious. I am so grateful to have these opportunities to minister.