I have worked in Children’s Ministry for about 7 years now, and this past summer I got the amazing opportunity of being a co-coordinator of Children’s Ministry here at Keswick with one of my best friends, Rachel. I have such a heart for little ones, and I love seeing them grow in the Lord.
Over these past few months, God has put a new generation on my heart to share the gospel with.
A “tougher” generation.
While children are often very receptive to the good news of the gospel, college students often are not. In fact, in many cases they’re bitter to the gospel and the name of Jesus. Why? Because the name of Jesus will always spark reaction. There is power in the name of Jesus.
I am an almost-20-year-old student who takes online classes at my community college, and I have had a really tough time this year. Academically, I do well. However, the content my classes teach is so, so unbiblical and blasphemous. I have wrestled with the idea of dropping all of my classes a couple of times. It breaks my heart that at a place where students are supposed to be learning, they are deceived about the goodness of Jesus.
That is why it’s so important that we share the gospel with our peers. We need to share the truth with people who are being lied to. Many people might be bitter toward Christianity because they are being taught false Christianity.
“Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among all peoples.” – Psalm 96:3
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:19-20
I’ve been saved since I was a young child, but only really started getting close to God when I was about 15. I used to think “What if I don’t have the answers? What if I’m hated? What if I’m looked down upon?” Jesus says that we are blessed if we are persecuted because of righteousness, and as my favorite Christian speaker Beth Moore puts it: “If a person fears God, she has no reason to fear anything else.”
We, as Christians, can’t keep Christ to ourselves or stay in our comfort zones. We can’t only minister to those who are “easy” to minister to. We can’t fear what others think. Our role is to spread the name of Jesus to every tribe, every tongue, every nation.
No weapons formed against us shall prosper. If the LORD is with us, who can be against us? Christianity isn’t always comfortable, but being a follower of Christ is always good and right and holy and true.
Erin Culleny is a new member of America’s Keswick’s full-time staff. Erin serves as a Marketing Assistant and Staff Writer. She had served on Summer Staff since 2011, and this past summer had the unique opportunity of co-directing Children’s Ministry with one of her best friends. She is very excited to continue to build relationships with the guests and be very involved in the ministry.