An Environment for Proclaiming Christ

By Karin Peter of Adrian, Missouri, USA

Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the parent loves the child. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For the love of God is this, that we obey his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome…  1 John 5:1–3

Sometimes when talking about ministries that engage infants, children, youth, and young adults, we use the shortened phrase “children and young adults.” But what about the children of young adults?

Bob Watkins, Florida USA Mission Center president, asked this question. He strongly encourages mission centers to put their faith in action by making space for young adults—not just to take part in, but to lead. This means making space for the children of young adults, as well.

This happened recently when the Southeast USA Mission Center hosted a Vision Project for young adults in the Southern USA Mission Field. During the planning, the mission center staff included a high-quality children’s program. Not only did mission center President Craig Lenfestey become involved in the young-adult discussion, he served snacks, supervised play, and did errands for his wife, Brenda.

Brenda, who serves as mission center missionary coordinator, worked with a team to provide the children’s ministry.

Their combined efforts allowed many young adults with children to build relationships, take part in discussions, proclaim their commitment to Jesus Christ, and share their vision and hopes for Community of Christ.

Your contributions to World Mission Tithes provide field ministers and ministry that enables young adults with children to share the peace of Jesus Christ. Thank you for making this ministry possible.

Prayer for Peace:

Creator of parents and children, help us promote ministries that demonstrate your love for them. Help us accept their leadership. Help us be open to their young and fresh ideas for the journey on the path to peace.

Spiritual Practice:

Sit quietly, close your eyes, and become centered with your breath. Reflect on the statement: “The light of God is in all things.” Sense or see a point of light in the distance, coming gradually toward you. With each breath it grows in size and brightness. The light of God reaches you and permeates you with a deep sense of peace. Rest in the light as it surrounds and fills you. Thank God that you live in God’s light, and it lives in you.

Peace Covenant:

Today, God, I will set aside my own tired agenda and be open to the brainstorming, mind-warming, plan-forming ideas of the community.

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  1. Derrick Banda

     /  1 June 2012

    Fantastic work and vision, how can you become our partners in Zambia, Africa.

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