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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…

Children Unique Ministries

A REFUGE FOR TEENAGERS

Since I was a high school senior, I had a dream of starting a youth center for teenagers. Even when people dismissed it, I knew that God had placed that dream on my heart. After I returned from Bible College…

Children Mission Trips

A NOT-SO-SHORT MISSION TRIP

My husband and I had finally finished the paperwork to adopt an American child. We discussed what we should do before becoming new parents. I had previously gone on several mission trips, and we decided to experience this together.…

Children Labor Special Needs

WONDERFUL THEME PARKS

When God placed individuals with special needs on my heart back in high school, I had no way of knowing He was already preparing me for life with my daughter, Morgan. She has physical and cognitive special needs. Loving…

Children Church Activities

GETTING INVOLVED IN THEIR LIVES

As a father of three, my life is pretty busy. My evenings are filled with volleyball games, track meets, and dance recitals as I work to be the best dad I can be. Wednesdays nights, though, are my sacred…

Children Unique Ministries

THE KIDNEY PILLOW

When she was six years old, my daughter, Erin, was diagnosed with a rare kidney disease: FSGS. Her disease causes her immune system to attack her kidneys, and slowly, they fail. She is nine now, and we remain hopeful…

Children Prayer

VERY SPECIAL QUILTS

I started teaching the three-year-old Sunday School class when I was only 16. For the last fifty years I have seen countless children come into my classroom. Some were scared and cried for their parents for weeks. Others marched in ready…

Children Special Needs

OUR FAMILY IS NOW COMPLETE

My wife and I had a plan early in our marriage. We would have a biological child and then we’d adopt one. And as so often happens, God had a different plan for us. My wife went through several…

Children Mission Trips

NEVER THOUGHT I’D BE A MISSIONARY

Sometimes God gives you stepping stones to build up courage to do something scary. For me, that began when God opened my eyes to the suffering in the world. But, I did not even know where to begin. Plus,…

Children Labor Prayer

THE PRAYING TEACHER

I’m a teacher in a public elementary school. As a follower of Christ, I have always felt working in a public school is my mission field. I feel the Lord has called me to do what I can to…

Children Unique Ministries

REACHING THE YOUTH OF GHANA

How can we possibly reach more young people with the Good News of Jesus? We have to find a way! God’s heartbeat is “souls”. He wants His followers to do everything possible to bring others to Him. He doesn’t…

Children Prayer Special Needs

NEVER LOSING FAITH

Mothers remember anniversaries of the important events in our children’s lives. While I have experienced many good and bad moments with my sons, Matthew and Jacob, two days will forever be etched in my memory. On August 10, 2014, I…

Children Special Needs

A VERY SPECIAL FAMILY

You could say our house is a little busy. We adopted five children from China, all with special needs, after having four biological children. Scripture says to take care of the widows and the orphans, and this is a…

Children Unique Ministries

MENTORING

I’ve known about the Mentor Upstate program for years, but I became passionate about it once I lived it. Mentor Upstate started in Greenville by a faith-driven couple who saw the need for healthy adult influence in the lives…

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