Making a Difference in the lives of Children

As I look back over the past month, I am grateful to the Lord for His gracious mercies to us.

We, Sue and I, have spent the past four Saturdays teaching at AWANA conferences in Idaho and Oregon.  We were thankful to be a part of helping to encourage and equip AWANA leaders in their task to evangelize and disciple children.   They are a dedicated group who work tirelessly week after week to make a difference in a child’s life.  We are grateful to have been asked to teach at these conferences again on a rotating basis, about every two or three years.

I also want to tell you of an interesting encounter we had on the street of a small town in Oregon.  We had just completed five hours of teaching on Sunday and Monday at a local church.

As we were walking back to our camper on Tuesday with some groceries we had purchased, we met a young man, maybe age 12 or 13, who had attended the seminars.  He greeted us and then quickly asked, “Are you teaching at the church again tonight?”  We told him we were not, and we would be leaving soon. He has very disappointed, because he wanted to know more about God, His  Word, and His creation.

What an encouragement to see young people eager to attend church and hear the Word of God! We, along with the AWANA leaders, are so thankful to be used in making a difference in the lives of God’s children.


Rich Stepanek

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