I shared these thoughts on my personal blog. With your indulgence, I would like to share them with you here as well.
A few years ago I traveled to Lima, Peru on a mission trip. I met a wonderful Christian lady there who was ministering to the children in her neighborhood. She would pay their bus fare so they could attend church when she could. Other times she would teach them in her tiny home on a dirt hillside. That is where I met her, with her house full of kids and tracing color sheets with a pencil and carbon tracing paper one at a time. Her only other equipment was her Bible.
That was where I learned what was really important. It wasn’t the huge children’s ministry building with fantastic themed rooms and hallways. It wasn’t the huge resource closet or the technology. It wasn’t even the large numbers of kids who attend some churches who have those things. It was the willingness to love kids and see their lives transformed by a relationship with Jesus Christ. It was the willingness to be used by God and to use what He had already blessed our ministry with to the fullest extent of our abilities.
God has blessed us with some resources that I never thought we would have in our ministry. We still have no building or themed rooms. We use what space we can. We do our best with what we have. I believe because we do, that God will bless us beyond our wildest dreams. We are keeping our focus on what is most important–that kids know Jesus as their Savior and they follow Him.