Have you ever noticed that the material in the Bible is not organized into age brackets? On one level, it would be really convenient. A book for 15 year olds. A book for 51 year olds. Customized pastoral ministry at it’s finest.

Evidently, God didn’t think that was a good idea. Some teaching in Scripture is directed toward young men or older women (1 John 1:12-13, Titus 2:3), but the great majority of biblical commands demand obedience from young and old alike. A 3 year old is just as obligated to love God and love their neighbor as is a 33 year old.

If you’re a parent, God has called you to teach your children how to “love their neighbor” by being kind to their siblings and friends. However, we must also teach them to not limit their definition of “neighbor” to those who live next door or down the hall. Our children need to learn how to love boys and girls in other countries by sharing the good news of the gospel with them, fulfilling Jesus’ command to go and make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19).

So how are you going to get that done if your kids are 2 and 4? Consider working with Operation Christmas Child(OCC). The mission of OCC is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to needy children around the world by giving them a shoebox filled with gifts. Each child is also invited to attend a 12 week class called “The Greatest Journey” that teaches them the foundational truths of the Christian faith, starting with the gospel. Watch this short video to learn more.

I’m excited to see our King’sKids ministry get involved with OCC this year and encourage you to donate the items below whether or not you have children. The collection station opens this Sunday in the King’sKids hallway.

May – toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss
June – small toys, games, tools, tape measures
July – soap, washcloths, combs, hair items
August – school supplies, stickers
September – sewing supplies: needles, thread, 1-yard pieces of fabric, thimbles, measuring tape, scissors, etc.
October – clothing…tshirts, socks, mittens, hats, sunglasses, etc.
November –  hard candy, gum, snack size bags

Matthew grew up attending KingsWay and joined the pastoral staff in 2009. God has blessed him and his wife, Aliza, with three rambunctious boys. Matthew did his undergraduate work at the University of Richmond in chemistry and political science, spent a year at the Sovereign Grace Pastor’s College, and received his Masters of Divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.


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