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Kids Club: Mission Prayer

Another year of Kids Club is in the books. This week of high intensity fun centered around communicating the gospel to preschool and elementary kids involves hundreds of kids and volunteers. While it’s easy to get swept up in all the cheers, chants, dances, songs, skits, slime, crafts, service projects, games, mudslides & water fights,

Mission Spotlight: Pistis School

PICT8845Next week, during Kids Club, our kids will be making canvas bags as a service project for orphans and school children in Kenya. Many of those bags will go to the 85 students who attend Pistis School.

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Some of the bags will be sent out with teams visiting Nairobi area orphanages. The remainder of the bags will go to the 138 students who attend Racefield School which I’ve written about previously: Here is Part 1 and here is Part 2.DSC03385In 2006, The Crossing became involved with Pistis School when one of our members began volunteering there while living in Kenya. Pistis School is an elementary level school located on the edge of Nairobi, Kenya. It provides education for the children of graduate students attending Africa International University (formerly Nairobi Evangelical Graduate School of Theology.) Usually, at least one family member is getting an education at AIU while their kids are attending Pistis School. They are studying education, Bible translation, missions, theology, counseling, business and other disciplines. These graduate students and their families come from dozens of countries in Africa (South Sudan, Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda to name a few). There are also students from Europe and the US. Sometimes, kids are attending Pistis as orphans in the care of extended family members because they have lost their parents due to unrest, civil war, illness or terrorism in their home country. Pistis also educates local kids who are orphans or in financial need.DSC03460

Glad To Be a Part of the Team

Rachel on stage at Kids Club

Rachel tar and feathering at Kids Club.

Every once in a while, I want to disassociate myself from my “team,” i.e., Christianity. It’s not that I no longer believe it to be true. It’s almost always because embarrassed by the actions of one of my “teammates.” If that’s Christianity, I say to myself, then I want no part of it. (Notice in these moments that I conveniently forget all the times I’ve played the role of BoBo the nitwit Christian, but that’s a subject for another day.)

Fairly regularly, however, it seems like God shows me just how privileged I am to be a part of a genuine Christian community, one that lives out its faith in all kinds of tangible ways. Two recent and related examples come to mind that I hope will briefly illustrate the point.

The first has to do with the sprawling, week-long event that is Kids Club at The Crossing. Now of course I’m biased. Along with the rest of the talented and dedicated Crossing Kids team, my wife Rachel plays big role in making Kids Club happen. But I’m continually struck by how many people, both kids and adults, so thoroughly enjoy that week. I think it has something to do with the fact that Kids Club, for lack of a better way to put it, bursts with life. It’s a week saturated with the vitality of life-changing truth and overflowing with creativity and fun. And it says something significant that so many are willing to put in so much effort to bring it about. More than once during the week I thought about how great it was to see what was taking place. I’m grateful to experience it, and I’ve long since lost track of the number of people (of all ages) I’ve heard express the same thing.

Overcoming Busy Schedules and Aging Knees

Last week – for the first time since becoming a part of The Crossing community – I volunteered to help at Kids Club. Prior to last week, I always thought that I had good reasons as to why I couldn’t get involved in the amazing, chaotic world of Kids Club.

For instance, for the last eight years, I’ve done child care out of my home and, to be honest, volunteering to help with hundreds of excited, screaming kids in the evening (after spending 10 hours of my day caring for little ones already) just didn’t sound like something I was physically or mentally capable of doing.

This year, however, I learned that the Kids Club organizers were still in need of a few people to lead discussion during Bible Story Time – a.k.a. “Hero Training 101” – and so I decided to step up, though not without some trepidation. After all, I’m no spring chicken, and the idea of four days of non-stop activity was daunting to me.

Holding Out for God’s Hero

Almost exactly two years ago, my son and I began a nightly ritual of reading through the pages of Scripture. Well, at least a version of Scripture that was immediately-accessible to the interests and attention span of a five-year-old. “Five” has since become seven, soon to be eight.

Since that time, our reading together of The Action Bible has waxed and waned – neither of us are much for taking a legalistic approach – but I am nonetheless thrilled to report that in the intervening two years he and I have gone from Genesis all the way through Revelation at least five times, and we still look forward to starting over again. As of this writing, we are somewhere in 1 Kings; Solomon’s son Rehoboam has foolishly listened to his younger advisors and the mighty kingdom built by his grandfather David has been torn in two. (“Not good.”)