Serving in a New Way
Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. — 1 Peter 4:10
Last fall I had a unique opportunity to serve as a KWAM leader. KWAM is short for Kids Will Always Matter. It is one of our Wednesday night programs designed for grades K-6 that teaches kids about Jesus and helps them experience His love.
I wonder if God was preparing me for KWAM last spring. I attended a Bible study and on my way to class I walked by the KWAM leaders, who were huddled in the hall to plan and pray for game and group time. They also prayed for each other. They always looked like they were having so much fun.
In the fall, I saw the leaders in the hall again, and felt God’s call to check out KWAM. I became a leader and all year have looked forward to my evenings at KWAM. My small group is third and fourth grade girls. We have gotten to know each other, and I am amazed at their insight and compassion for each other. Through our large group activities I have gotten to know many other kids, too.
Our director, Heidi Connors, the other leaders and kids inspire me to try new things and challenge my comfort zone in a good way. Heidi tells us to have fun, be silly, love the kids, read them Bible stories and tell them how much Jesus loves them– no matter what. I think I have learned how to do all of those things. I have also grown closer to God by serving at KWAM. He shows up every week to draw us closer to Him, and to help us love and serve the kids.
Last week leaders and kids received certificates to celebrate our year at KWAM. Heidi wrote a short note on the leaders’ certificates to recognize each one in a special way. On my certificate it said, “New Things Nancy.” I wanted to try lots of new things, and I did. As I end my KWAM year, I am grateful for this opportunity to serve God and kids through KWAM. His Kids Will Always Matter!
If you think you may want to serve in a new ministry, I encourage you to check one out. It may be just what God has in mind for you, and He will show up to help.
Nancy Ma, Parish Nurse