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The Clouse Family

June 2018

Dear Church Family,

       In Mark 10:13-16, we see Jesus rebuking His disciples for hindering the children to come to Him.  Jesus’ earthly ministry lasted three and half years, which means that He was certainly busy.  But Jesus was never too busy for young people: “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”  Jesus had a heart for children; and He also tells us that we as adults can learn something about faith from them.
          Vacation Bible School is always a wonderful opportunity for us as believers to make a difference in the lives of young people.  In many cases, these kids feel that the people in their lives are too busy for them.  But like our Savior, we must purposefully make time for them, even if it is just for two hours each night – loving them; caring for them; encouraging them.  As the church, we must never find ourselves hindering young people from coming to Jesus.  So let me share with you some ways to help them rather than hinder them:
          1.) Preparing them in a knowledge of the Lord (Prov.22:6): The theme of this year’s VBS is “Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus.”  Each night is centered on a way in which Jesus rescues us.  It is so important for us as the church to reinforce the theme along with the memory verse.
          2.) Practicing our faith so that they see Jesus in us: Remember that during VBS week, you might be the only Jesus that these kids see.  Be authentic; be genuine in your faith; show them that it can actually be fun worshipping our Lord.
          3.) Praying for them in the name of Jesus: I know that everyone of us is not called into the same area of service; however, I believe that everyone can and must pray for our young people.  Pray that hearts will be open to the teaching of Jesus; that they will be touched by Jesus’ willingness to rescue them; that we have a good, consistent attendance for the whole week.  God bless!

                                                                                                    In Christian love, Brad



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