Wess Stafford is a champion for children. In his book Too Small To Ignore, Stafford states, “In more powerful and dramatic ways than most of us can imagine, God delights in using children to build his kingdom precisely because they are children, unsoiled vessels in his hand.”
Often, adults carry the mindset that they make up the church and that to be qualified to build the kingdom of God, there is an age-requirement. Yet throughout the Bible, we see God work through young people to be active participants in bringing about amazing victories, miracles, and life-change in the name of the Lord. If we open our eyes, we’ll see that this trend continues today. And when believers commit themselves to teaching and equipping children, it’s incredible to see the impact they make.
This year, our church partner United Presbyterian raised $4,000 to invest in the lives of the children of Projeto Amar in Goiania, Brazil. I’d like you to meet just a few of the children whose lives are being impacted by the ministry and are actively sharing the Gospel with those in their families and their communities. Each of these children started coming to Projeto Amar at the age of four, and it’s so wonderful to see how the ministry has touched their lives.
Cristian, Vitória and Vitor (pictured above) are all siblings who have attended Projeto Amar since they were quite young. They attend church together and are getting more and more involved. They attend a Bible study group and have invited their mother to come. Recently, Cristian attended church camp and is now preparing to be baptized!
Wyclif (pictured above) has great leadership potential. He’s been attending church and is very committed. He’s learning guitar and drums so he can help lead worship at church. He attends a Bible study group and a music group at church. He’s inviting his peers at Projeto Amar to come to church with him.
Each and every one of us, including the smallest in our midst, has a calling from God to share his love with our family members, neighbors, and friends. Thank you United Presbyterian, for your willingness to pour into the children of Projeto Amar. Your generosity isn’t just touching the lives of the children who participate in the program — it’s extending to their family members, the local church, their neighbors and beyond. Now that’s something to celebrate!