Day 2 of the HBC is in the books and it was a tremendous day. Our numbers grew today with a total of 100 children between the two sites. Our theme was taken from 1 Thesselonians 5:17, "Pray with out ceasing." We taught the children the verse as "Never Stop Praying", encouraging them to make prayer a part of their life every day and to never stop communicating with God.
The children taught our team a new game today. It is a form of dodgeball involving one ball and people standing in circle. We all had so much fun playing and hearing the children laugh with joy.
One of the challenges for both the churches we are working with is that their congregations are young in both age and faith. While the future looks bright, the present is challenging as a great deal of discipleship and growth is needed. There are some wonderful leaders that are working hard but they need help. We are priviledged to come alongside these churches this week to serve, but we know the needs are much greater than we can offer in a weeks time. Be in prayer for the continued growth of these churches. Pray the Lord will bring along some mature believers that are passionate about what the Lord is doing in this place.
We are excited for Day 3 tomorrow. Our theme is "I can trust God, He makes me brave". We will use the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, to communicate the truth that God is trustworthy and will give us the courage to do what is right, no matter what. These children are growiing up in a rapidly chaging culture where many of the things that they were taught are being challenged. This will be a very relevant message of 3 young men that took a stand for the Lord in the midst of a culture that did not value their beliefs.