In our letter this month, I wanted to continue with our series updating you on the many different ministries going on at our church. In this update, we are happy to feature our weekly “KIDS CLUB” (“Club de Niños” in Spanish).
In our kids club, we go out into the community and pick up the poor and abused children in our neighborhood and bring them to the church to minister to them. The purpose of the kids club is to teach these children about the love that Jesus has for them, and to also meet their physical needs. This ministry is so important because it shows these children God’s heart for them. The Bible tells us this about our Heavenly Father in Psalm 68:5, “Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation. As believers, we are given these instructions in Psalm 82:3, “Give justice to the weak and the fatherless; maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute.” (Picture: Children arriving for the Kids Club!)
The Kids Club program actually began before our church was even here. Over 12 years ago, some missionary friends of ours that lived in Rosarito began this club, and we took it over when we moved to Mexico in 2002 to start the church. I would like to share with you one of the amazing stories from the early days of our Kids Club.
In the outskirts of Rosarito, there was as poor widower named Sebastian that was living in a shack while struggling to raise his four young boys alone. Sebastian had only completed 3 years of school, and because of that he couldn’t read and it was difficult for him to find meaningful employment. When the Kids Club began picking up his four boys each week and teaching them about the love of Jesus and providing them with a warm meal, Sebastian eventually began tagging along with his boys and listening to the message. (Picture: Sebastian with two of his boys at one of the first services at the church!)
Over time, Sebastian and all four of his boys were saved and baptized through the Kids Club ministry. Today, nearly 11 years later, Sebastian drives the church shuttle to pick up the children each week and bring them to this Kids Club that made such an impact on his family.
The Kids Club has been directed by a number of different servants over the years, including my wife Sarah. Presently, our wonderful children’s ministry director Lupita, along with a team of volunteers hosts the Kids Club for two hours every Saturday afternoon. Picking up the children in the church shuttle. (Picture: Our Children’s Ministry Director Lupita leading the Kids Club!)
During this class, the children’s time is packed with fun and spiritual nourishment. After being picked up, the children have some play time in our play ground, they do a craft, eat a meal, sing some songs, and most importantly they are taught Bible stories.
We also hold special parties for these children from time to time, especially when we have American teams visiting that desire to partner with us in this wonderful work. We have been blessed to have our partners from Voyagers Bible Church in Irvine provide a large Christmas party and toys every year for these children. We also attempt to get these children’s parents to visit the church by having periodic special events where we provide for them food and hygiene packs, and present the Gospel to them. (Picture: Christmas Gifts for the children at their Christmas party! -December 2012)
I would like to also share with you a present day story about how the KIDS CLUB is making a lasting difference in the lives of these hurting children. Luis is 8 years old and he has been coming to the Kids Club faithfully with his siblings for the past 3 years. Luis lives in a shack in Rosarito, and his mom scrapes by building Piñatas that they sell on the streets. (Luis also works making the piñatas)
When Luis first started attending the Kids Club he was restless and rebellious having never experienced any love or affection from his parents. Luis would even stiffen up whenever one of his teachers would try and give him a hug. Lupita and her helpers were discouraged with Luis, but they continued to show him unconditional love and pray for him. Over time, Luis began to change, or should we say, Jesus began to change Luis. Three years later, Luis is the best helper in the entire class. He loves to sing, he comes to the class with his Bible verse memorized, and he is now Lupitas favorite, PRAISE GOD! (Picture: A shack that a family lives in in Rosarito.)
Presently, our church is looking for a faithful sponsor or two for this vital children’s program. Sponsorships would be able to provide more much needed food, school supplies, and hygiene products for these precious children. If God put’s this partnership opportunity on your heart, please contact me and I would be happy to share a few more important details with you. (Picture: Luis leading the way at the Kids Club!)
Once again, these are just a few of the precious lives that God has touched through the ministry here in Mexico. We are so thankful that you have chosen to invest your time and resources with our family and church. We are honored and blessed to call you our partners, co- laborers, and friends.
- Please pray that God would bless these precious children in the kids club, and that every child would come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
- Please pray that God would bless our upcoming special Easter community outreach and events.
- Please pray that God will continue to provide financially for our family and for the families in our church.