The Small Rewards

Commander Bill Gunter —  March 30, 2011

Wayne Stocks, on the kidmin1124 “Radio show” on CMConnect every other Thursday, frequently asks the panelists the question “Why do you do what you do?”.

It isn’t for the money. It isn’t for the fame. It isn’t even because we can play with cool stuff, be a “big kid” and get away with it. It is because of the small rewards we receive. Those glimpses we get of the relationships being built with the children and seeing how God is working in the lives of the children and those serving with us. I want to share my experience this past Sunday…

I don’t often get to go to the preschool KidzChurch because I am with the elementary aged children. I have been able to schedule myself to be with the preschoolers (3 – K) once last month and then last week. They were thrilled to have me there as I heard later from parents.

This past Sunday I wasn’t going to be in the preschool area, but I walked in as they were beginning and one of the young boys asked me to sit next to him. One of the boys that some of the leaders have “trouble” with during KidzChurch. The young man then asked if I could be in their Cubbie group during Awana that night (which I couldn’t). When a picture of a cross was shown, this young boy shouted, “Jesus died on the cross for our sins!” I was encouraged because I was making a connection with this young boy and he was understanding what we were teaching!

Later, I recapped the lesson and afterward a young girl had a question about what I was talking about. A good question that showed that she was dealing with something that I referenced. I could tell that she was really looking for answers and guidance. Another child who opened up to me. These children were getting it!!!

In one morning, I was encouraged and refreshed as I saw the impact and trust that was present in that KidzChurch room.

So that is just one small example of how God encouraged me and reminded me why I do what I do. I want to encourage you not to get discouraged. God will give you glimpses of the impact you are having in the lives of those you are ministering to each week.



Commander Bill Gunter

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Bill is the Associate Pastor of Children & Youth at Hanover Fellowship in Hanover, Pennsylvania where his responsibilities include caring for children and youth from birth through high school. Along with his responsibilities in the local church, Bill is very involved in the Awana ministry, serving on the ministry teams of local Awana missionaries, providing trainings, leading workshops and helping run regional events.