The team continued its study of the marks of a true disciple of Jesus with a careful study of John 15 and John 16. We saw that the Father has sent true disciples of Jesus, a Helper – the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit bears witness to the truth about the life and person of Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit lives to glorify Jesus. The Holy Spirit has come into the world to convict the world of sin, and righteousness and judgement. The Holy Spirit accomplishes his role by indwelling disciples of Jesus. As a true disciple grows in his or her holiness, he or she will become increasingly alienated from the world and its priorities until a true disciple is hated by the world.
The female members of the team went to Day Star’s community centre early to participate in a young mothers’ gathering. The young mothers were taught how to make “strawberry roses” in preparation for Valentine’s Day. Our students assisted by either working alongside the young mothers or by providing child care for the mothers while they had time together.
In regards to our children’s ministry, after having established the fact that God is the creator of the heavens and the earth earlier in the week. We learned about our first parent’s act of disobedience and rebellion in the Garden of Eden yesterday. Today, we had the opportunity to share with them God’s solution to the problem of sin and eternal separation from him. Lydia, in grade 11, taught the children Hebrews 9:22 which affirms that “without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.”
The children were taught what the verse means and were encouraged to repeat it often in preparation for the actual Bible lesson. Edwina, also in grade 11, had the opportunity to explain the various curses that fell upon humanity and the earth as a result of Adam and Eve’s disobedience. More than this, she had the opportunity to share with the children the promise of one who would come in time to crush the head of the serpent and thus triumph over sin and death. This promised one is Jesus Christ. Edwina shared with the children that if they trust in Jesus and in his shed blood, they can be confident that their sins will be forgiven.
After the lesson, we normally have the children gather in small groups with one of our students to review the lesson and to ensure comprehension. At the conclusion of this small group time, we pray with the children before dismissing them. Today, the invitation was provided to the children to share their own prayer requests. When the invitation was given, a young boy raised his hand and asked that we pray that his friends and classmates would like the Valentine’s Day cards he had made for them. He was asked to come to the front so that we could pray for him. While standing in the front, another boy asked that we pray for him because he missed his father who was now absent from the home. When he was invited to come forward for prayer, these two boys embraced each other and we had opportunity to pray for both requests as well as other requests presented.
Tomorrow is our last day with the children and we are hoping to have the opportunity to personally explain the gospel message to each one. Would you pray that God’s Holy Spirit will be preparing the hearts of each child to respond in faith and repentance to the gospel. Pray that the fruit of this week of ministry and the decades of ministry through Day Star would be fruit which lasts and brings much glory to Jesus Christ.
Thank you, God bless you.