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Senior Graduation every year reminds me why I do what I do

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.

Pastor Todd:

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!

Thank you!


Someone who gets it

I am posting this letter that I just received from a student I had in my ministry years ago. This is one of those letters that when you read, it just overwhelms you with happiness.

Hey Pastor Todd!
Wanted to send you a quick note. Shaunda and I were reminiscing about the good old days with you! I wanted to say a big thank you. You were a great teacher and I was and am so thankful for that opportunity to be involved as an “M&M”! Having little jobs as a kid in ministry gave me a great foundation for leadership.

I have so many good memories of kids church with you. I remember a missionary came and gave a prophetic message when I was in the fifth grade. The Lord gave me such a clear message about evangelism and called me into ministry. That’s just one memory. I have so many! My family just drove through the area where we did ministry that one time at that inner city church- remember that??

Anyway, the Lord has done many great things in my life and called me to mighty things in his name! I am now interning with our creative arts pastor this semester since I graduated last December. Trying to develop and learn as much as I can.

I think so many kids grow up and their children’s pastors never get to hear what an awesome impact they had. I wanted you to know you impacted me greatly! I hope things are going well in AR!

In Christ,

Can I say, that when I got this note from Logan, I was completely overwhelmed with joy. Here is one of those times that someone just gets it. Get’s what? The spirit of “thankfulness”. This is the same kind of spirit I try to have with Jesus as well. Do we take the time as Logan did here, to go back and thank our Savior Jesus Christ for everything He has done. There is a story in the Bible as well about some really sick people who were all healed but only one returned to say “Thanks”.

Jesus may I be counted guilty to be the one who will say “Thanks, and I love you”.
Logan, thanks for the kind letter.

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