We just had an amazing hour with the elementary students at Morningstar Ministries’ School for Creative Leadership (CSCL) in Fort Mill, South Carolina. (Yes, we are in the States for most of this and next month).
After I gave a brief introduction to Kenya: where it is in the world, the different tribes, the languages and the foods — the students became lively participants, asking many insightful questions. “Do people have pets?” “What is the currency in Kenya?” “Are you in danger from wild animals?” “Are there any wealthy people in Kenya?”
Before closing, the children were asked to pray for us and give any words of prophecy or encouragement that they were hearing from the Lord. After a few moments of silence, about 30 hands were waving in the air. Yes, these were elementary school students — children from 5 to 12 years of age.
We were “blown away” by the words that came through. Some shared a vision: “I saw a boat on a river with a blue and white sail. Blue means royalty and white means righteousness. You are royal children of God who are pure in heart.” Others shared a word: “God is saying that he is very happy with the work you are doing in Africa.” Several had words about protection, based on the vision of an angel or of a man with a large sword standing around or beside us. By the end of those brief 10 minutes, we were in tears, and encouraged down to the very core.
The point? Well apart from the obvious inspiration, the other point is that children are active learners. As we grow, we gain the ability to learn through verbal and written instruction. But children primarily learn by doing. Imagine trying to explain to a three-year-old how to tie his shoelace? Or ride a tricycle? Or how to ‘hear God?’ The mode of learning is through actually doing it.
Jesus said that our faith should be like that of a child.1 So in the same way, we must DO the will of God. “Faith by itself, if not accompanied by action, is dead.”2
The children reminded me of this today. They were ready, without fear or shame, to do the work of ministry. Thank you, CSCL students!
1 Matthew 18:3
2 James 2:17