I had no more than written my last post, Be intentional When Training Your Child For Their Future Career, then we went to a dinner for the Ukranian Bible Institute. We went as a family, little ones and all. Let me tell you right up front, my children are good, but they do not sit still well or keep quiet for long.
We took several trips to the bathroom. We sat in the back so they could lay on the floor and color. Dinner was served, so they had food to keep them busy but still a lot of squirming and changing chairs. I want you to know this because I knew going into this dinner, that it would not be easy.
Involving your children in events like this is not easy, it’s hard. I do not want you to think that my children are perfect and that’s why we do what we do with them. They are good kids, but they are kids.
What did the kids take away from the night?
We took the kids because in school (I homeschool, and I haven’t told you that yet) we learned about the first Russian settlers along the Black Sea, which is modern-day Ukraine. Even better, the gentleman that spoke could not speak English so his entire address was given in Russian and then translated. The kids were very intrigued by his language and hearing it translated.
I wanted to give them a chance to hear about the mission work being done in Ukraine especially since the original institute was located in Donetsk, Ukraine. Donetsk is now under Russian control, and the school has moved to Kiev with the teachers now refugees. They lost everything, their homes all their clothes and worldly possessions. What a fantastic story to hear told first hand.
Through all this God was faithful and by bringing the school to the capital even more people are being reached for the Gospel. What an excellent introduction to current events.
Samuel was intrigued by the early starts of the school meeting in a single room with 30 students that showed up to learn. He drew up his plans for his future church and how it could accommodate these needs. He started a notebook and titled it, Samuel’s missionary ideas.
Samuel is free to make his decisions about what he will do once he leaves our home but I am so glad that at a young age, nine years old, he is already looking to missions as a potential career choice. I wanted to share this with you because I want to encourage you to be intentional.
Your children have been given to you to raise how you believe God is calling you to. Not how the world says you should.
(Proverbs 22:6) Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.
It isn’t easy, the kids were good, but they get antsy and bored. I should have gotten a sitter for the youngest, but at three, she needs to start learning how we, as a family, function. She is a part of the family and will learn to take this information in now.
Children are so smart, and they pick up things so quickly when they are little. Don’t underestimate the work that you are doing in the life of your toddler. Expose your children to God and his works beyond the walls of the church. Allow them to see he is real from birth.
Training your children isn’t easy, but it is rewarding.