Having enjoyed a 2 week break over the Christmas holidays (one of the perks of being a teacher!) life at my school is well and truly in full swing. I have the immense privilege of leading a Scripture Union Club for 10 and 11 year old children, all of whom are not Christians, and we started back this week. We meet every Monday lunchtime, the gospel is presented to the group and we get to know each other through games and crafts. Throughout the year we’ve looked at a number of Jesus’ miracles as well as related the Bible to different life issues the children face.
At the outset of a New Year, I thought it would be good to look at new beginnings, focusing on Paul and the transformation that took place in his life, when Jesus met him on the road to Damascus. At the end of our time together, the children were really surprised that Paul used to persecute Christians and throw them into prison. Even more so, they were really shocked to hear that many Christians around the world today, face a similar plight.
I am continually amazed at how little knowledge (if any) these children have of Jesus. With this in mind, let’s keep praying for the witness of Christian teachers and children in schools. Let’s ask God to fill them with the power of the Holy Spirit that is promised in Acts 1v8, (Charlotte Chapel’s verse for the year) enabling them to be His witnesses, in an environment that is hugely ignorant of the gospel.