Let’s look at a Wednesday in the life of a Word of Life Olympian or Gopher Buddy: He has worked on a devotional each day this week, has memorized a verse and maybe has even done a service project or has read a missionary biography. Now it’s 6:30 on Wednesday evening and he’s checking in with one of Immanuel’s friendly check-in coaches, excited about a night with friends, learning from a Bible lesson, enjoying small group discussion time, and letting loose in the gym. We truly have a fun time with IBC kids on Wednesdays.
The goal of Word of Life’s children’s program is to help students move forward as spiritual athletes in the great race of the Christian life.
Just look at all the kids will accomplish this year:
They work on these goals for a prize! Ultimately the best reward is having memorized Scripture. God is faithful in allowing His Spirit to work in our lives through His Word in order to best glorify Him (Psalm 119, Proverbs 2:1-5, Proverbs 6:21-22, Luke 8:15, John 14:26 …). BUT the kids also have the opportunity to earn pins, patches, medals, trophies, and scholarships. Woo-hoo!
As we encourage the kids toward their Word of Life goals, we remember to have fun and fellowship along the way. We have Inside Out/Backwards Night THIS WEDNESDAY, April 25 and Prayer Pals May 2 (an Olympian favorite!). On May 30 we look forward to celebrating the year of accomplishments with an evening of food and fun.
What a blessing it is to see relationships grow and spiritual disciplines formed in such a fun way! This growth is only possible by God’s grace; the amazing coaches who volunteer to lead small groups, check clubbers in, and teach the Bible lessons; and parents who work with their kids at home throughout the week. It is a beautiful sight to behold.
We have one more month to see how far you’ll go, Word of Life Clubbers – finish strong!
And may we ALL “press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 3:14
Peter and Sara Bunn
Learn more about Word of Life Olympians at: https://lcm.wol.org/curriculum/olympian/