The Church Grows  . . .

Amy HainesChurch Blog

I’m eagerly looking at my seed packets on this winter day.  Deciding what will go in my garden – what and when – we all pick our favorites.  This is also the time of year that seeds for summer missions are planted. God gives the church wonderful students who have a heart for Him and a desire to serve – summer missionaries.

How can the church tenderly care for and foster growth?

  • Create a culture that highly esteems God and serving Him
  • Encourage summer missionaries through prayer and financial support
  • Ask students how the church can pray for them as they seek to serve God this summer – wherever God has planted them
  • Share your story – students love to hear how God works in your own life

This is the time of year when decisions are made. As a parent, summer missions has been such a blessing in the lives of my own children.  Students stand amazed that God uses them to reach children in Greater Richmond with the Gospel. Parents are astonished at the change in their students from quiet and shy to confident and grounded. The church is privileged to have a part in their growth. There is absolutely nothing like seeing God use students for His glory – reaching other children for Christ – you just can’t beat it!

There are many options and one is serving as a Christian Youth in Action with Child Evangelism Fellowship.  The time is now – applications for CYIA are available with the deadline soon approaching on March 15th.  Let’s pray for our students as they discern how to break ground and reach others for Christ this summer.