As we have started up boy’s club on Tuesday nights, it has been a solid mix of fun, laughs, and Jesus. The goal at boy’s club is to not only provide an environment where the boys feel loved and cared for, but also to care for their spiritual health. The main goal is to share the gospel with the older boys who can read and understand the bible so that we can have real conversation, hopefully leading to repentance and salvation. Since there is a mix of boys showing up week to week, the group dynamic is hard to read. However, this week we had boys come who were in the mood to talk, so we did just that.
After playing a fun few rounds of statues, we put the little boys in the other room as myself and three older boys sat down at the table for our devotional time. I asked one of the boys who has been at every boy’s club meeting what we usually do with our time. The answer, thankfully, was clear. We have fun with some games then get serious with the bible. At times it can be hard to connect with middle school boys. As some of you may not know, I am a female college athlete. I am from a different cultural and socioeconomic background than they are. So to say it can be difficult to read them is at times an understatement. However, things went very well this last Tuesday and i know the Lord was at work.
Instead of directly opening the bible and reading it, which can be difficult with their reading levels, I posed one open ended question.
If you had to describe God in one word, what word would you use?
I was pleasantly surprised with the answers. Power, Dad, Creator, and Savior were the responses shared. Wow! I was blown away. The word that struck me the most was Dad. How simple it is, yet how profound. God is our heavenly Father. A child can understand the relationship of a father to their child, but this is a large biblical truth that adults study at length. Conversation was generated with easy about examples of our parent’s imperfections, their faults, and how God fulfills all our needs as a parent. He is our perfect heavenly Father, who loves and cares for his children with a sovereign rule that always looks for our good and his glory.
At the end there was a time of response, where we talked about hoe we can have a personal relationship with God. we talked about prayer and reading the bible as being the highways to communication with God. Now although the three boys did not surrender their lives to Christ on the spot, the seed was watered. That which has been planted was watered. We know what work God has started he will bring to completion, so for now we water. I am so grateful for the chance to water those seeds this week. This is ministry. This is what it looks like.