You know students are “getting it” when junior and senior high students notice that one of the kids has an injury and decides to take matters into their own hands by storming heaven in prayer. A couple of weeks ago on a Sunday morning, I was pleasantly surprised when a group of our amazing Pursuit|Awakening students approached me at the KidMin front door. “We’re here to pray for Micah Gawel,” they stated with conviction. Micah, you see, had recently injured his leg and was wearing a leg brace. What impressed me about this moment was not just that the students had faith to pray for healing, but that they had actually noticed what was happening in the life of a child.
Children are the youngest members of our faith family. They may be young but they are members none the less and their needs are just as real and their prayers just as effective as the most senior among us. Because I know Easton, Alyssa, Esther and Nathan well, I knew that their mission to come pray was Spirit led. “Yes! Come pray for him,” I told them, “But they are in the middle of hearing The Big God Story” –our name for preaching. The students didn’t miss a beat. “We’ll wait and then teach the kids how to pray.” I let them in, halfway expecting that they might huddle in the back of the room until Christian finished his lesson. What I saw blessed my heart. The students separated and moved in among the kids. They sat with them and participated in the lesson.
When the lesson was finished, I introduced the students and they took it from there. Alyssa invited Micah to the front and asked him to explain his injury. She asked if he wanted prayer. After he agreed, she gave the kids instructions about how to pray for Micah and invited others to join the teens in gathering around him. It was awesome. This was a benchmark moment for Family Ministry as we are working to build a bridge between KidMin and Student Ministries which is being accomplished in part by giving teenagers opportunities to serve in the KidMin. The fact that students took the time to come minister to a child is a sure sign that they are inspired and trained at The Pursuit|Awakening to look beyond their own lives and to serve those around them. We are super proud of the students and their leaders. Good job!
Note: At the time of this article, Micah is healing well!