All Seventy - Eight
Picture Above : A and Tioga Street in West Kensington, Philadelphia
We emptied the church sanctuary of all of the chairs, and replaced them with street signs, blankets, and colorful decorations. All 23 volunteers sat down on the ground prepared for the next semester of Kingdom Kids. We joined together to pray through the lists of kids who we wanted to see attend our Back to School Camp Celebration.
As I walked down A Street, my street from which I have picked up kids for Kingdom Kids for the last 5 years, I saw the faces of teenagers who used to attend Kingdom Kids, kids who have come many times, and some new kiddos who had just moved onto the block. With the help of my two Street Leaders in Training (SLTs), we picked up 22 children from A Street--the most I have ever picked up on the first Sunday back to Kingdom Kids.
We came back to the church and began to wait for all of the other streets to arrive. All in all, we had 78 children come yesterday to our first Sunday of Kingdom Kids. We played a silly Back-to- School relay, rapped the "Four Reasons", danced to our Camp Conquest song, and reviewed Romans 8:16. The children were challenged with a lesson about living by Faith and were reminded of all of the truth that we learned about Jesus throughout the entire summer.
As I looked out over the crowd at the end of our first Sunday of Kingdom Kids, I couldn't help but be amazed. So many of the children seated in the audience were familiar faces from Summer Day Camps and Camp Conquest, beaming with excitement to start back into learning about Jesus. As I looked further, I could picture the families they represent, and I couldn't help but wonder about the amazing plans God has in store for their families this year.
This year at Kingdom Kids, we are learning to live by faith instead of living by fear. Please join us in prayer that God would grab ahold of these kiddos' hearts and then, that God would reach with His mighty hand into their families to rescue moms, dads, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, and grandparents with the love of Jesus.