“Let the little children come to me.”

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

Several years back I stepped into a journey not realizing the impact it would have on my life.  I have been friends with Myrna for years and have always loved to hear all of the DSC_0130.jpgwonderful stories that have come out of YoungLives and the impact it is having on her life.  She invited me to start volunteering in childcare seeing the heart I have for kids and how much I enjoy spending time with them. Throughout the years of volunteering in childcare I have been so blessed by the kids, their moms and dads.  I can see the love of God through each of the kids I have been able to take care of.

When the moms bring the babies to us each month I can see how excited the moms and dads are to be at club and excited for the night’s events.  It isn’t always easy at first for the kids to be away from their parents and to adjust to coming to club but I enjoy getting to love them and comfort them even during those hard times. It is so rewarding as a volunteer to see them grow up in club and really experience who God is and how much love He has for them.  YoungLives_Nov-84.jpg

It is a blessing for me to be able to watch these kids and give these hard-working moms and dads a much needed break to have fun, relax and to be loved on by our Lord and Savior. I love seeing how refreshed and happy the moms and dads look after club and I really love seeing how God is moving and blessing YoungLives in such big ways.

It is amazing to see how much club has grown in just the time I have volunteered there. It has become so full that it is now spreading to other cities. It has been awesome to witness the start of Santa Ana club and knowing other moms and dads are getting this experience. I thank God he brought me to YoungLives club, that He is allowing me to use my gift of serving, and that it is having an impact on teen moms, dads, and their kids.

 

-Emily Ray

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