Being a children’s ministry major and dreaming of becoming a children’s pastor has been quite the crazy, fun, scary, interesting adventure that is no where near being over.
Now, being a student and even talking with different people everyone wants to know when and how i got my calling. Well, I am not one of those people who got their calling when they were five years old sitting in the front row of adult church praying in tongues. That’s not me. When I was sort of raised in church I did fall away for a while and then come back in 2006. The summer of 2006 I went on a missions trip with the Missionettes (as they were called back then) of the Penn-Del District. There were 10 of us, 3 (including me) being actual students and 7 teachers. We went to El Salvador and worked with Castillo Del Rey (King’s Castle) in the capital, San Salvador. It was a crazy good experience, working with the nationals and interacting with the children. On our last day of programs, at our last site, God had spoken to me. He had told me that this was my mission field. The largest one in the world … children.
Following that I had my senior year of highschool where I changed all my plans I had for college. I told Johnson Tech I would no longer be going there and visited Valley Forge Christian College where I got accepted two days after applying, talk about a God thing. I started out as a missions major, then a pastoral min. major, and now I’m right where I’m supposed to be, a children’s min major. God has blessed my life so unbelievably since doing what he told me to do.
In one of our classes we had to read an article/poem and it pretty much speaks exactly what my heart is, how I feel, and just rejuvenates me and encourages me to no end.
It’s called … “The Calling” by Roger Field
I am a minister. I minister to the largest mission field in the world. I minister…to children.
My calling is sure. My challenge is big. My vision is clear. My desire is strong.My influence is eternal. My impact is critical. My values are solid. My faith is durable. My mission is urgent. My purpose is unmistakable. My direction is forward. My heart is genuine. My strength is supernatural. My reward is promised. And my God is real.
In a world of cynicism, I offer hope. In a world of confusion, I offer truth. In a world of immorality, I offer values. In a world of neglect, I offer attention. In a world of abuse, I offer safety. In a world of ridicule, I offer affirmation. In a world of division, I offer reconciliation. In a world of bitterness, I offer forgiveness. In a world of sin, I offer salvation. In a world of hate, I offer God’s love.
I refuse to be dismayed, disengaged, disgruntled, discouraged or distracted. Neither will I look back, stand back, fall back, go back or sit back. I do not need applause, flattery, adulation, prestige, stature or veneration. I do not have time for business as usual, mediocre standards, small thinking, outdated methods, normal expectations, average results, ordinary ideas, petty disputes or low vision. I will not give up, give in, bail out, lie down, turn over, quit or surrender.
I will pray when things look bad. I will pray when things look good. I will move forward when others stand still. I will trust God when obstacles arise. I will work when the task is overwhelming. I will get up when I fall down.
My calling is to reach boys and girls for God. It is too serious to be taken lightly, too urgent to be postponed, too vital to be ignored, too relevant to be overlooked, too significant to be trivialized, too eternal to be fleeting and too passionate to be quenched.
I know my mission. I know my challenge. I also know my limitations, my weaknesses, my fears and my problems. And I know my God. Let others get the praise. Let the church get the blessing. Let God get the glory.
I am a minister. I minister to children. This is who I am. This is what I do.
I really hope this encouraged you as much as it did me. I feel like its my thoughts and feelings written down and someone else actually feels the same way. If you would like to have a copy of this for yourself here is the link where I found it: http://www.coldwatercafe.com/PDF/Calling.pdf
Have a great day 🙂