By: Susan Bea Good
How to start a Bible Club:
- Listen for God’s instructions.
- Answer “Yes.”
- Do the next obvious thing.
- Wait for His timing to move forward.
- Respond immediately when God opens the doors.
It’s as easy as that!…and as hard as that too.
In two days it will be Christmas. Seven months ago my daughter and I took a drive through a needy local mobile home park. A public school teacher-friend had shared a compelling story about one of the children living there, which melted our hearts. What better way to respond to a melted heart than to begin a Bible Club?
Our initial pass through the Park revealed lots of bicycles, indicating lots of potential for a Club. After more investigation we discovered that over two hundred school-aged children reside in the Park. It has been my contention for years that kids in these locations do not have the ability, because of transportation limitations, to attend their local After-School Bible Clubs. Historically, Release-Time Clubs (operating during school hours) succeeded in reaching this demographic, but these are harder to operate, and most ministries have stopped making that effort. Neighborhood Clubs are the only option for many children.
After trying since July to find a safe location within the Park for a neighborhood Bible Club, a pastor-friend came up with the perfect hosts. Sarah and her daughter seem pleased to become involved with this outreach within their neighborhood. I am looking forward to working as a Team, reaching kids with the message that Jesus loves them, and wants them to know Him.
We passed out invitations in the Park today. God blessed us with mild weather, which made it easier to identify homes with potential Clubbers. Though it took some initiative and patience, our Club is scheduled to begin next Wednesday. We still have challenges ahead, but we’re committed to doing what it takes to get established. No doubt God is calling many of these children to salvation, and because we are willing to be His messengers we’ll also be witnesses to His work!
For all of us, these are our “last days.” Whether our Lord returns soon or waits another century, these are the last opportunities we each have as Christ-followers to witness His work and be a part of it. I want my last days to be full of His activity. It’s always been true that there’s no time like now to respond to His calls. And now is really the only time we can be sure we have to give to Him!
“Jesus said to them, ‘My food is to do the will of Him who sent me and to accomplish His work.'” (John 4:34/ESV)
This blogger’s purpose is to encourage Christ-followers to see God’s Big Picture and be a part of it. Adonai Eloheinu!