By Aaron E. Ziebarth
Do you know the largest mission field in the United States?
Recently we realized that there are 53 million public school children within this nation. A vast majority of these children will spend eternity separated from Jesus Christ if someone does not intervene. Jesus is not included in their education.
God has given us at Joy El Generation the opportunity to reach children in public schools. We praise God that last year we are aware of 503 children who began relationships with Jesus for the first time.
There are currently 3,329 boys and girls participating in Joy El Generation’s Released Time Bible program.
There is a third-grade boy who wants all the children in his school to know Jesus. He is in his first year of Released Time and is inviting a lot of other children to attend the program with him. Already at least half of his class is attending. Every week he brings more permissions slips into the school and hands them out to fellow students.
He is working really hard to get one particular boy to attend. Unfortunately he hasn’t been able to come yet. Please pray for him.
The volunteers see him as a little evangelist. If you talk to him, he will tell you that he wants to be a pastor. And he is not afraid to tell people about Jesus. Over 70 children are attending his Released Time class.
I am moved by these words of Jesus, “Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few’” (Matthew 9:37). Again, there are 53 million children in public schools, and a great majority of them need Jesus. Please join us in praying for more volunteers and missionaries to reach these children, and pray that more and more children will respond to the invitation to attend Released Time.
Can you imagine what our country would look like if 30 million children or more would choose to follow Jesus?
That thought excites me!