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Lessons From Our Children

Apr 2, 2014



by Gary Evans, father of Becca Hayes

It is hard on us parents when our children begin to live what we have taught them all their lives. That is certainly true concerning Rebecca and her family. We all believe in spreading the Gospel throughout the world, but we would like someone else’s children (and grandchildren) to do it. Our friends have asked us, “How can you stand it; with their being so far away in such an unfamiliar land?” It is a good question. Yes, we do “worry” about health issues/medical care in a third world country; safety/security issues, etc. . . . Not being able to touch, smell, and kiss them overwhelms us at times. Our hearts become heavy with longing to see them.

And yet, our Lord said, “Go and make disciples of all the nations….” Matthew 28:19. Some must go; some must encourage their children to go. The world is not going to convert itself (at least not to Jesus Christ). Even in this age of amazing technological advances that aid us in fabulous ways in spreadi

ng the Gospel, we still must have those who are willing to Go, to be the hands, feet, caring heart, and mouth of Jesus. Jesus is still “Immanuel” (God with us) – only now it is through you and me and our children. It is true that not all can go – some of us must be senders and some goers. We encourage our own children and grandchildren to be goers.

“…How shall they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?” Romans 10:14

How can we do it? By God’s grace, and knowing that the Kingdom of Heaven will be richer, fuller by our willingness to send our precious ones. Being able to go to Malawi ourselves and see firsthand the needs and desires of the sweet souls there enables us to understand more clearly why our children had to go (read my article in last month’s bulletin). Isn’t it amazing how much we learn from our children when we look and listen?