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What children are your responsibility?

I often wonder about God’s goodness to my sister and I, who come from a lovely, but non-Christian home. I thank God for giving my parents Christian neighbours. They took responsibility for our spiritual needs and took my sister and me faithfully to Sunday school and other Christian events during the year.

On the 8th of September, I went to help Bethel Church, Cardiff to do a Family Fun Day. 56 children plus parents came for three hours to play with LEGO and hear God’s word. 15 of the children the church had never met before and the Family Fun Day was their first meeting with the church.

The rest of the children the church knew from Sunday School, kids club, holiday clubs, school ministry and events like the Family Fun Day. During the summer holiday the church, together with a team of college students from America , also do Christian art and football camps and this year over 80 children attended.

I praise God when a church takes responsibility not only for the children inside the church, but also the children around them and try in all kinds of different ways to reach the children in their community.

On the 11th of September, I met with a wonderful group of children’s workers from Cross Mission Church in Newport. They had asked if I could teach them about being a spiritual teacher and give practical help regarding their Sunday school. Child Evangelism Fellowship is a mission, so during my teaching I challenged them to consider to widen their view about what children they have responsibility for.

Our two hours together ended up with them booking me to do a Half Term Club with LEGO and Biblezone in October and they asked me to send a template for an invitation quickly, so they could invite children from the three schools the pastor visits regularly.

Children's workers from cross mission church Newport.

“How big an area are you working in?” A sweet nanny came and asked me this after the Biblezone at a Building Event on the 15th of August in Rumney Baptist. I explained I work together with different churches in South Wales. “Have you ever been to Northern Ireland?” continued the nanny. She was from England, but had lived in Northern Ireland for many years and here she had run a kids club through CEF of Ireland and my teaching at the Biblezone had reminded her about CEF of Ireland.

She was happy, when I told her that I had worked with CEF for 13 years and that in July, I had gone to CEF of Ireland to teach their workers how to do Building Events with LEGO and Biblezone.

When I met her son, who was attending the Building event in Rumney with his children, I realised that Simon and I had met him before, while we were living in Plymouth from 2011-2015. He was then a pastor in one of the biggest churches in Plymouth and we had a meeting with him about the work of CEF, because of his mother and her knowledge of CEF. He is now a pastor in a church in Cardiff and was very excited about our Building Events and he took my details.

"For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them." Ephesians 2,10

It is exciting to be a new creation in Christ and experience God’s guidance in our life and ministry. It is not always that we can see how God is leading us, especially when we experience hard times. Therefore my meeting with this sweet nanny and her son just made me grateful and excited about serving God.

“God is just very kind!” On the 28th and 29th of August, I did a Holiday Club with LEGO and Biblezone in Baglan Community Church and 43 children came in total over the two days. While I was teaching the last day, a four year old boy made the following statement: “God is just very kind!”

I could only agree with this little boy and thank God that his mum had allowed him to come to this club and that I have been able to teach him and his friends in nursery once a month last school year.

When I teach toddlers, it can sometimes be very noisy and at times messy and it makes me wonder if it has an impact on them. This little boy’s statement encourages me to keep teaching the toddlers and shows what it says in

Isaiah 55,11:

"So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it."