Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Ministry For the Family
As a family we enjoy doing many different things together, this includes ministry. We knew it would strengthen us as a family as we to work together and in the process our children would draw closer to the Lord all the while planting blessed seeds of servanthood in them.
We lead a Bible study called 'HomeBuilders' where our purpose is to build up and encourage families in the Lord with the teaching of turning the fathers hearts to the children and the children hearts towards the fathers (Luke 1:17) and biblical roles of husbands and wives, etc. Here, we were able to minister as a family. Our children would worship with us, they would play hymns on violin, sing duets, help set up book tables, head these tables up, be in charge of transactions of CD or book purchases. They would help pass out material, they would read scripture, they would go up on stage and answer questions dad would ask the group. Behind the scenes, they would fold brochures, burn CD's, organize, put up websites, load the van full of our needed items, prepare foods and desserts for the potluck beforehand, practice their songs, pray for the people in group, minister to little children in the group and on and on and on....
It is a blessing to work together as a family to serve the Lord. They will have memories of working as a team all of their lives. They will come to understand to give of themselves and not just want to be entertained. We want to make this a way of life for them, 'HomeBuilders' has definitely allowed us to do that on so many levels, we have been very blessed.
Lately, we are working on new endeavors. My sons, Stephen (7) and Ravi (6), have recently taken over a new ministry that they do together----a tract ministry. I used to pass out tracts with my older daughter, Janai, when it was just me and her, she has good memories of this. Now the boys have bought tracts with their own money (and some brought home from Dad), prayed over the tracts and now daily wait outside until they see some unsuspecting person walking by our home and run up to them and say "Hello, I have a special gift for you." This has worked as people receive them and hopefully soon someone will get saved by their noble efforts!
Another thing we are working on is our 'Homeless Ministry' prompted by this video. A lady who commented shared a great idea of creating food bags for the homeless using ziplocks bags. I purchased raisins, cheese crackers, etc and the children loaded up the bags and we put a tract in it. We will probably write something like 'May god bless you' on the bags with black marker. If anyone else has any good ideas about this please leave a comment sharing with the rest of us.
Now I would like to hear what you do as a family for ministering to others, please share your lovely ideas with us!