Showing Christ to the community
Posted: Thursday, April 8, 2010 11:58 am
The Messenger, April 8, 2010
The children’s ministry of Union City First Assembly of God has been working on a missions project for the community.
Children’s pastor Lori Eilers said, “Our church is very mission-minded and I wanted the children to have a hands-on project that would teach them about the blessings of giving and help them find ways to make a difference in our community.”
Recently the church brought a group of over 30 people to Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City. The children had been bringing extra missions offerings towards the purchase of coloring books, crayons, activities books, baby blankets and other items.
Mrs. Eilers said, “I asked Kara Ward, the hospital’s public relations contact, what items would be a blessing to the nursery and pediatrics ward of the hospital. She gave me some great ideas and the project got started. I told her we were dubbing it a ‘mini- missions trip’ and asked if we could bring some of our children to do the presentation.”
Many adults in the church joined the project and purchased additional books, baby clothes and even some children’s music.
The hospital will use these items as they find families with needs. The children brought the gift bags to Mrs. Ward and she expressed the gratitude of the hospital and spoke to them about how they would help other children who were sick or being treated in the emergency room.
“Our children’s ministry is named Building 2:52,” said Mrs. Eilers. “It’s based on the scripture found in Luke 2:52 that speaks of Jesus as a young boy only 12 years old. It says, ‘He grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.’ We are building children to ‘Know Christ and Show Christ’ and the ‘mini-missions trip’ was an awesome way to show Christ and follow the example of a child, a 12-year-old, who grew up to be our Savior, as He was about His Father’s business. Children helping other children!”