In August of 2014 Cindi and I moved to Homosassa. We knew a handful of people in the area, and we had come by faith, with no guarantee of an income. There was no chapter, and no local organizing body. We were tasked with forming one, and we had much favor with God as we found many hidden treasures who took up the cause with us; the cause of reaching this generation of children with the Gospel.
We were never really on our own, though, as we came with a fresh education from Children’s Ministries Institute. We also had a copy of “The Plan,” a CD with a vast digital resource of knowledge and documents from Child Evangelism Fellowship, as we followed the instructions for how to start Good News Clubs®. We had never done it before, but we could read and we could pray, and before long we discovered that many other people were praying and believing that we could get this ministry into the public schools in Citrus and Hernando counties.
The next two years truly tried our souls. I have never before been more aware of the malevolent power of Satan as I have since we moved to Homosassa and had essentially called him out by pursuing the souls of children. So much has been accomplished in spite of the opposition we received that it could only be by the power of God that we have had such success. We do have an enemy, but the Bible reminds us that, “the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds,” 2 Corinthians 10:4 ESV. Yes, we have weapons, but they do not wield themselves. We must take them up and use them, and we ignore that at our peril.
I learned a great deal about prayer, but even more about how important it is to have others praying for you. Because I am a frail human being, there are times when I need you to pray because I am weary. And I thank you, whoever you are, for taking up the fight on our behalf when we were not able. Great will be your reward.
I know what you were expecting here was a litany of facts: 9 new Good News Clubs started in public schools, total ministry enrollment going from 300 to over 900 the first year, and this year is still counting; and about 60 trained volunteers to 182. But those things happened because of the spiritual battles that were won, and it has to be spiritual. How else can we explain the blindness that adults must overcome to realize these children are in peril? When the light comes on, it changes their lives and gives them divine purpose: obedience to Christ’s commission to His people to bring the Gospel to the lost.
We are coming back home, and we will face the same enemy. The same apathy and blindness that afflicts the comfortable, who watch the young perish without lifting a finger, is a stronghold that must be torn down. I will continue to need your prayers to help us achieve the goals God has given us…all of us. Jesus said, “So it is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish,” Matthew 18:14 ESV. How many are we willing to let perish? What do we seek first, instead of the Kingdom of God?
It is my hope that you have heard my plea for your prayers. Hear this also: this ministry needs the financial resources of faithful people to reach the lost sheep who have nothing to give. Please pray about what you can do to help relieve this burden. Monthly support keeps us at work in the field instead of organizing fundraising events. A gift of $25 per month is less than a dollar a day to train and equip volunteers who evangelize and disciple the children who are tomorrow’s teenagers and adults. Please use the donation link on the sidebar, or send your checks to the address between the donation buttons.
Thank you again for all you have already done,