But Jesus said, "Let the little children come to Me,
and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven." -Matthew 19:14
"Whoever receives one of these little children in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me, recieves not Me but Him who sent Me." -Jesus in Mark 9:37"What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep, which was lost!' I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance." -Jesus in Luke 15:4-7
All that being said...Will was granted the privilege to be able to share the message and passion of our Lord and Savior Jesus which took Him all the way to the cross, with our Route 56 ministry kids (5th & 6th graders) last night. At the end of the message, Will offered the kids an opportunity to receive this Jesus as their Lord, Savior and Leader of their lives. He sent any girls my and Abby's way and any boys his and Derick's way...11 young and tenderhearted girls came to Abby and I, and I was able to lead them all in prayer to usher them in through the Kingdom gates to the arms of their loving Father & Shepherd of their souls (these silly girls were quick to ask after our prayer why no boys were going to pray, ha! I told them not to worry about them, that God would work in their hearts w/o our help and to just worry about their own hearts before God. We start young at that wanting to change our man's heart don't we ladies?!) What a sheer joy, and humbling privilege for Will and I (Derick & Abby too) to be co-laborers in Kingdom business with Christ. We know that there was a party in heaven last night and here too, to celebrate those lost little lambies that were brought home to spend eternity with Him.
Please pray now as we seek to make these girls disciples of Jesus now, getting them into a weekend service for growth, encouraging them to daily bible reading & journal writing, and sharing with them about the outward expression of the inward change in their hearts by baptism.
So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase. -1 Corinthians 3:7