1 John 5:14 “And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.”
We all know that as we lift up our prayers for the children, God will hear and will act on their behalf. We are committed to pray daily at 12:12 for the will of God “that not one of these little ones should perish” (Matthew 18:14). We are urging each one of you to set your alarms to go off at 12:12 daily, stop what you are doing, and lift up the children, by name as you can, to God for their salvation. The Word of God says, “in heaven their angels always see the face of my Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 18:10). We must be in the face of the Father on the children’s behalf, listening and acting upon what God would have us do in order to reach every child in our district with the Gospel. Ask God to call 12 strong Bible believing and teaching churches sending out 12 new volunteers each to join the existing sponsoring in reaching the boys and girls with the Gospel. Pray that all 12+12=24 elementary/primary schools have great commission churches sending great commandment volunteers to give every public school child an opportunity to attend their Good News Club and hear the Gospel clearly presented. Specifically pray for Ware Shoals Primary, Johnston Elementary and Douglas Elementary.
Mark 10:45 “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."
We are also committed to serving the Lord our God in the calling that He has placed on each one of us. Our service is to Him and for His Glory. We must never lose sight of this. The Word instructs us in Colossians 3:23-24, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” We are asking God to increase our effectiveness and have committed to obtaining the training we need to serve Him better. We are asking Him to raise up 2 teachers for each Good News Club who have at least taken Teaching Children Effectively Level 1. If you teach in a Good News Club, would you make a commitment to grow in your ability to more effectively teach the children God is allowing you to teach through TCE-1 training?
2 Corinthians 9:7 “Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
We are also committed to be cheerful givers of all that the Lord has given to us, which is everything. Every good and perfect gift has been provided from God above. God calls us to be faithful stewards of that which He has entrusted us. Each of us who are laboring in this ministry should be a cheerful giver to the ministry. We would meet the CEF Lakeland Chapter budget if every volunteer gave $1 each day to the ministry. Would you, as a volunteer, consider joining us in giving at least $12 a month each month of the year? Seek God and ask Him what it is that He would have you give Him for the work of His ministry of reaching boys and girls with the lifesaving message of the Gospel. Once He reveals to you simply obey and act upon what He tells you. We hope that you are having a great start to your New Year. As you reflect on the past and make resolutions toward the coming year please remember to pray, serve and give in a way that brings Glory to God!