I have been serving in Crossing Kids now for about 6 years. I have had the pleasure of teaching little ones and watching them grow up, move into elementary, and this year, some have moved into Jr. High. It is such a blessing to witness the growth of these kids, not only physically, but spiritually. This fall, I now have the joy of seeing three of those kids not only grow, but to come back to serve in the ministry that they were once a part of.
Grant Bentinganan, an 11 year old 5th grader has begun serving on our live worship band for preschool playing drums, bass, and guitar. I am amazed at God’s creation when I see this young boy so passionate about using the gifts God has given him.
Sophie Krug has come back to lead the kids in introduction activities during large group. What a joy it has been to see this, now 13, year old girl come back, leading a large group of kids…preparing their hearts for God’s word. There is something so powerful about someone Sophie’s age speaking truth into others lives.
And then little Jaelie Bott, who is only in first grade but loves the preschool large group so much, that she has been coming in on the days her mother serves to help with puppets. While she can’t yet lead the kids, this little girl has found so much joy in just moving the puppet’s mouth while someone else makes him talk. It really is a sight to see!
Not only is it a blessing to see these kids desire to serve God through serving in Crossing Kids but I have had the pleasure of seeing them serve along-side their parents and how God has used this opportunity to grow those relationships. Jeff Krug works with Sophie every week to help her memorize and prepare her introduction activities. Jana Bott practices voices and hand movements to prepare Jaelie for the days she gets to be Fredward. And Amy Bentingannan has spent time talking to her son about how God has given him a gift that He can now use to serve Him. My heart is overjoyed when I see these parents teaching their kids about serving in their church. After all, it is what God commands…
“You shall love the Lord with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them dilligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” – Deut. 6:5-7.
God commands us to teach our kids about loving the Lord. One way we show love to the Lord is through serving. I have seen these parents and their kids grow together spiritually. They teach their kids about loving the Lord and how even a small part in serving glorifies God. The time they put in together to prepare has been priceless and I am sure, endearing. We are so thankful for all of our volunteers, but I am especially thankful to God for working so dilligently and personally in these “little” ones hearts.