I got an email yesterday that made my day. I’ve always believed in reaching the next generation – that it’s never too early to talk to them about Jesus. As we plant the seed, someone else waters, ultimately, it is God who makes it grow.
To all those who teach in Kids Church and reach out to the next generation, I hope you will be encouraged by this email.
Hi Pastor Paolo:
Last Saturday, one of my nieces approached me (she’s currently in her 2nd year in college taking pharma) and she asked me about our Sunday services. I was surprised (but happy inside) that she asked me that question and so I told her all our Sunday services and the different locations of Victory where she can visit just in case she decides to attend one someday. Then she asked another question…another question…and I began to realize that the questions that she was throwing at me were all about the church. And so I began to use it as an opportunity to minister…then invite. I told her what happens in a service, how long does a service go,etc. Then I told her that we have this thing called Youth Service that is very appropriate to her age. As I began to describe to her what a youth service is, her other aunt (Mae Pearl) and I decided to invite her to this week’s Ignite Conference of which she is excited to go to with her friend. 🙂
We were already trying to call some friends and fellow staff from EN and Victory asking if there’s an extra 2 tickets that we can still get for our niece when my niece said, “Tita, remember you used to bring me to Kids Church? Kung nasaan nandun pa nga si Princess Punzalan? Naalala ko pa nga si Pastor Paolo Punzalan..sabi mo magkapatid sila.” And it was at this time na ako ang nagulat! 🙂 I can’t even remember that, yes, I brought her several times in Kids Church before when she was still a little kid. 🙂 Sabi ko sa kanya..”oo nga! dinala na nga pala kita before!” Now I remember, Pastor Paolo, that after the Kids Church service, she would show me the prizes na pinamimigay natin sa kanila noon. 🙂
I know you might have heard similar (more) stories like this before but I just want to share that indeed your labor is not in vain. She was around 7 or 6 years old at that time, and now she’s in her 2nd year in college and she still remembers your name and even ms. Princess’. 🙂
So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. (2 Corinthians 3:7)