It is times like this that God uses to really remind children’s pastors like myself why we do what we do. Every year I am very grateful for encouraging letters from past students who were in my children’s ministries. They are preparing to graduate from high school, and yet they remember me (their past children’s pastor) enough to write and say thanks.
I love these kids, and what God does in each one of their lives. Truth be told they always thank me but it is I who thank them for just being willing to grow to what God has in store for them. They make me so proud!!
Well done Madelynn! You impacted my wife and I more than words will ever be able to tell you. We love you and your family.
Enjoy her email to me and no last names or church name were used but edited out by me to protect her confidentiality.
Senior year is such a nostalgic time in ones life, and as I have been reflecting on my time here at ________ (church) I began to think of you, and I wanted to tell you thank you. You may not realize it, but you have had such a lasting impact on my life. The time I spent in “Mighty Missionaries” is truly one of my most treasured childhood memories. You poured into all of us and gave us all the privilege of ministering alongside you while all the while developing within each one of us a strong sense of what we believe, and an ability to share that belief. I believe it is my time in MM early on that helped me fully discover my passion for ministry. Now, 6+ years later, I fully intend to pursue a career in full-time ministry. I am not necessarily sure exactly what that will be, but I know that is the direction God is taking my life. The time I spent in your ministry helped cultivate a strong foundation in my life- one that I am now reaping the benefits of. What you do truly changes lives. I cannot express how much that time meant to me. Thank you for what you do!