Bulletin board at FBC Citronelle prompts children to pray for missions, militarycomment (0)
August 8, 2013
By Taylor Hamm
It’s not a Wii or a TV, but leaders at First Baptist Church, Citronelle, say their church’s children find it plenty interesting.
Each Sunday night, children and their leaders tackle topics from their Missions and Military board, an area where clippings from the International Mission Board’s Commission magazine, information about local military personnel and writings from local Southern Baptist representatives are posted.
The children, age preschool to fifth grade, discuss the items posted on the board and pray for those serving overseas. If a story on the board interests them, they may take a few weeks to talk about it with their leaders and learn more about it and how it can relate to them.
Rebecca Ranes, one of the group’s three rotating leaders, said the structure and lesson plan for each Sunday night is very flexible.
“It’s a lot to take in — biblical times, missions concepts — and it doesn’t deal with the Wii or Xbox, so when we find something that sparks their interest, we try and run with it and discuss it for some time,” Ranes said.
For example, one Sunday evening the group read a story from an issue of The Alabama Baptist detailing the life of a Muslim woman who had been falsely imprisoned in Southeast Asia. The story was posted on the missions board, and the children quickly became interested, asking more about her.
They learned that as this mother of six sat in jail, a Christian worker captured the woman’s interest by demonstrating kindness and love to all of the prisoners. The worker gave her a Bible, and she began to discover and seek God’s guidance, hearing His voice, abandoning Islam and becoming a believer in Jesus.
The Sunday night group began praying for the imprisoned mother, seeking to find out more information about her and what may have happened to her. With this in mind, the group decided to write a letter to Bob Terry, editor of The Alabama Baptist, to find out how the woman was doing and if she was still in prison.
The group exists to expand the children’s horizons, and the leaders are there both to answer questions and to leave the door open for future conversations.
Elbert Charpie, pastor of First, Citronelle, said it was extremely important for children to be aware of other countries, especially the spiritual condition of the people who live there.
“If we don’t reach children now with the gospel and the importance of it, not just here, but throughout the world, we may lose our only opportunity,” he said.