I recently had the pleasure of meeting with other school ministry leaders in the local area for a time of sharing and prayer. We shared how God has been working through each of our organizations and ministries to public school students. We then shared some time praising God for all He has done and will continue to do through those in the circle and those who join us each week with the same mission in mind: to share the life-saving truth of the gospel with students who so desperately need to hear it. As we stood in that circle, I was overwhelmed with the thought that the people in the circle stood as representatives of thousands of children whose lives have been changed by Christ. Those children represent families who are being influenced by their testimony. Those families represent neighborhoods that represent whole communities. The scope of God’s work is endless and amazing. It was a humbling experience to stand there as one team united in Christ and prayer.
Upon leaving, I sensed God stirring something in my heart. Over the course of the next few days, I felt a passion awakened for York County and the many public schools that still do not offer opportunities for children to hear of God’s love and hope during school hours. I am thankful for the 33 programs that Joy El is able to offer in York, and am praying for this largest national mission field in America (the more than 52 million public school children). A task this size will take the full body of Christ to meet the hunger and needs of so many searching for meaning, truth and a safe place to belong.