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Children Unique Ministries

WE DO CARE

On February 14, 2010, I woke up at 5:00 in the morning. Jon didn’t make it home that night because he had died in a car accident. I was 34 and he was 38. We had a 3-year-old son and I…

Children Special Needs

THE LUCKY GIRL

Lucky. We can all apply this word to our lives in one sense or another, but for me, the definition has radically changed recently. I am a junior in college, majoring in occupational therapy. I have always had a…

Children Food Unique Ministries

GOT ‘FREE’ MILK

In 2017, my oldest daughter started kindergarten. The school she attends has the highest poverty rate in our district, where 75% of the students receive a free or reduced lunch. So, there is a lot of need. A month…

Children Labor

TUTORING HOMELESS CHILDREN

I was 46 years old and with my only child entering high school, I was praying about what I should do with the second half of my life. As a teacher and educator, I volunteered at my daughter’s school,…

Children Unique Ministries

FREE MUSIC LESSONS FOR THESE KIDS

Every Monday evening, the practice rooms in our Fine Arts hall are filled with university student music instructors and pupils eager to learn piano, guitar or drums. However, this isn’t just another music school. This is a Christian ministry called WOVEN:…

Children Unique Ministries

MENTORING YOUNG MOTHERS

When I had my first son, I stopped working and stayed home. I loved it, but after nine months, I started to go a little stir crazy and missed the socialization. That’s when a friend told me about MOPS—Mothers…

Children Mission Trips Unique Ministries

THE POWER OF YOUR SHOES

Throughout my life, I have managed spherocytosis which causes a weak immune system. I’ve battled this disease and with each step, God has guided a sickly little girl into the strong youth pastor that I am today. Two weeks…

Children Labor

DISCIPLING HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS

High school was pretty rough for me. I spent those years struggling with identity and friendships, so when I graduated, I declared I would never go back. Of course, God, with His sense of humor, had other plans. During…

Children Labor

POURING MYSELF INTO MY PLAYERS

To most, I am known as simply “Coach.” As the local high school’s football coach, I spend a great deal of time with high school boys. Many of them come from broken homes and could very easily end up on…

Children Unique Ministries

A MINISTRY I NEVER WANTED

I thought I knew what it meant to follow Christ and to take up my cross. But, over the years, I have learned that God often gives us ministry opportunities that we’ve never asked for and certainly never wanted.…

Children Church Activities

THE SUMMER CAMP COUNSELOR

I kind of stumbled upon being a camp counselor. As a teacher, I have my summers pretty free which I treasured. I usually traveled, took some time off, and prepared for the upcoming school year. A few years ago,…

Children Prayer Verbalizing the Gospel

PRAYING AT SCHOOL

I’ve always been taught to not be ashamed of my faith. So going to a public school, I’ve always considered it my mission field. Exercising my faith and displaying my relationship with Christ all started when I was in 4th grade.…

Children Prayer

BECOMING A FOSTER FAMILY

For years, my ministry revolved around music. I joyfully played the piano every week for worship. And during the week, I taught piano lessons to children in the church with the hope that they, too, would embrace a love…

Children Labor Unique Ministries

GOWNS FOR HIS GLORY

Gowns for His Glory started with a dream seven years ago to provide prom dresses and accessories to area high school girls free of charge. Prom is one of the most expensive nights in high school and no matter…

Children Food Unique Ministries

PRAYING FOR OUR SERVERS

As a children’s pastor, I’ve been blessed to have seen so many children come to Christ. There are few things more beautiful than seeing Jesus in a child’s eyes. But the bulk of my ministry happens outside the church…

Children Church Activities

WORKING WITH THE YOUTH MINISTRY

The teenage years are crucial for a child, so when our older daughter was joining the church’s youth group, we decided to become youth leaders. We planned to continue until our younger daughter graduated from high school. We just…

Children Other

RAISING MY GRANDDAUGHTERS

I received an alarming call in early 2010. “Momma, please take care of my girls. I can’t do this anymore!” My daughter was in a relationship that led her down a very destructive path. In short, she ended up losing…

Children Mission Trips

ESTABLISHING A GIRL’S HOME

It is said that history often repeats itself. Twenty years ago, my daughter spent Christmas break ministering in an Indian orphanage. She met four orphans who would drastically impact her life. Some fifteen years later, she was able to reconnect…

Children Prayer

A PEACE THAT DOESN’T MAKE SENSE

My love for the Lord led me to be a youth pastor. Last year, I left my doctor’s office with the news that I had cancer. During treatment, I woke up each morning and wondered if the hours of…