Jaffa Club (Jesus A Friend For All) meets each Wednesday at Lindfield Primary School. We have 13 children who come for games, craft and teaching from the bible. Some are from Christian homes; others have no church background.
This term we have been looking at the Psalms and the amazing truths they teach us about God. At our last session the children were asked to write their own Psalm. We had doubts about setting this task.
But, without hesitation, a group of seven year olds penned the following:
‘When I am in trouble, you are always there to help me.’
‘You give me happiness.’
‘You are so powerful that I can never be more powerful than you.’
‘When I awake in the morning you are with me - day and night you always help me.’
‘You help us and never sleep or doze.’
It’s not far off King David’s best, and like his, it flowed straight from their hearts.
Children often grasp more easily than adults the incredible truths about God. When we asked them what do we need God’s help for, one child replied, ‘We need God’s help for everything’. We asked who they would go to if they had a problem. Most put God first on their list.
As leaders we have needed God’s help too. In September we started with just me and Oli Taylor leading. But after much prayer God provided two more leaders, Gemma Sawyer and Lizzi Green. We have also seen the difference prayer makes. When we pray together before Jaffa, and especially when First Priority prays for us, the children are calmer, the conversations deeper, the attitudes gentler. When we pray, God works.
Please do keep praying for Jaffa and the other work going on in our schools. Please pray that God would keep stirring the hearts of the children and drawing them closer to Him.