When Timothy and I made the decision that we were going to make Beaverton Foursquare our home church for good, we knew that one of the most important things to us was to begin serving there. Knowing that God had gifted us with a compassion for middle schoolers, we thought it would be the perfect place to volunteer. Catch the "we thought," part though, because we quickly realized that God had other plans. 

We connected up with the children's ministry team at B4S earlier this spring, and got a call from one of the pastors who said, "Your volunteering is SUCH an answer to prayer! We have the perfect need for you... 3rd grade at 9:30am on Sundays!" 

"What?" My husband stammered. "We're middle school teachers..." 

And yet I somehow knew that, okay, it might not be what we would have chosen for ourselves, but because we fully submitted ourselves to God's purpose, this was the door He chose for us. And man, three months into our role as 3rd grade Sunday School teachers, we are totally and 150% loving it. Complete surrender to God is incredibly fulfilling, because you can confidently fall into his guidance and experience great peace about where you're at, knowing He has a reason for it. We totally love our kiddos and learn from them every Sunday! They are so uninhibited and generous with their thanks and praise to God, and it is SUCH a blessing to be able to speak freely about God's love and train up the future generation confidently in this way. 

As middle school teachers we no doubt impact the students within our classrooms by the affirmation and accountability we hold them to, but as Christians are so limited by the truths about God we can openly profess. Being Sunday School teachers-- especially to those attending public school-- is so refreshing and so rewarding because it mutually encourages us as well. Our students love Jesus in such an honest way that it challenges me and the way I confidently and openly love Him, too. I am often brought to tears hearing them worship and seeing the way they treat eachother and reflect upon God's goodness in their lives... as little 8 and 9 year olds! 

I am so thankful that I trust in and follow a God who knows me better than I know myself. 

I would definitely encourage you to serve somewhere in your church where there is a need. We are the body of Christ and God wants to stretch and use you outside of what may be your comfort zone to bless others within the body. Had we left our own "serving" up to ourselves, we would have missed out on this great opportunity to be a part of the fabulous 3rd grade team at B4S.

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