My favorite Bible story as a kid was Noah and the Ark. Why? I think there are three main reasons. My dad, my love for animals, and one of my favorite scriptures.
My dad is my hero. He was not only an amazing principal and coach, he was also a great biology teacher. He taught me to respect all of God’s creatures. At a young age, I could tell you their beauty and purpose (although I have to say I struggle with spiders still – sorry, Dad).
Like my dad, I have always loved animals and had a heart to help those in need. I have three rescue dogs and work alongside animal rescue organizations to help find homes for those in need and raise money to help care for them.
And a favorite scripture of mine is one that reminds me of the story of Noah and the Ark. “Because you have seen me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen me but still have believed.” John 20:29. This scripture has reminded me during some tough times to stay strong and never lose faith because faith is how God has called us to live. To follow the example of Noah and keep trusting and believing, no matter what.
Doing ministry during and after Covid has required a lot of “Noah faith.” Churches everywhere lost volunteers for various reasons and we all have found it a real challenge when reopening. Although it’s comforting to know you’re not alone, Sundays are back, and we are finding that kids now more than ever need to learn to embrace God and engage and discover their part in His big love story.
It is an honor to share with you what Gail and Alexis (their stories are featured this week) have to say about why they serve because I’ve seen how the time they give and the smiles they share are changing and shaping lives. We need more people like Gail and Alexis. People who answer that tug on their heart to love God and love their “younger” neighbors.
We have opportunities in Kids for adults and students to serve weekly, every other week, even once a month. I hope that if you feel that tug on your heart, you will have faith in what God is calling you to do and reach out to learn more. Thank you.