Kids of Courage is a ministry for 3-5th graders based on Jesus’ command in John 13:34-35 to love one another. The goal of this mission’s club is to teach what that kind of love looks like? Over the years we’ve accomplished in a variety of ways. First and foremost, love means sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ and we’ve exposed the kids to this by bringing in various heroes of the faith to share their stories about first hand mission work in Jordan, Haiti, India, Romania, China, England, Japan, Nigeria, Zambia and beyond. We’ve shown the kids different approaches and techniques missionaries use to share the gospel and even given them ideas of ways to share it themselves with friends and neighbors.
But Kids of Courage is more than just learning about what love looks like, it is also about love in action. Kids at this age (9, 10, 11 years old) are often overlooked when it comes to the “action” part because they are young and inexperienced, but they are capable of so much! So, we pulled back the curtain and exposed them to a world outside of their comfort perhaps. A world full of people who needed to be loved.
We talked about homelessness then transformed a storage room into a fully stocked playroom for the children who live at First Fruit Ministries. We discuss what it must feel like to be lonely and isolated, then make care bags for homebound widows, cook meals for those staying at the hospital’s family house and making blankets for newborn babies whose mothers are clients of Lifeline Pregnancy Center.
Christian persecution is a topic we’ve discussed in depth and in response the kids have written letters to men and women who are in prison for sharing their faith in Jesus Christ. We have also gone to great lengths to help the kids develop compassion for those who grow up in poverty. To that end, we’ve had the kids carry buckets of water for a mile or learn to make soccer balls out of trash bags. We even sponsor a little girl in Zambia through a ministry called Africa Vision of Hope!
We meet twice a month during the school year, usually on Sundays at 5:30.
Click on calendar link below or contact Tara Hackney for more information.