Several middle school students from Collegedale Adventist Middle School (CAMS) recently helped lead the week of prayer for more than 120 third through fifth graders at A. W. Spalding School. The CAMS students were involved at a much deeper level then just giving a scripture reading or an opening prayer—they shared how to grow in Jesus from stories in the Bible and their own personal testimonies. And they boldly shared the importance of this saving relationship with Jesus in their lives.
When young people are trained to speak fearlessly for Jesus to their peers, the impact is life changing. Ellen White penned, “With such an army of workers as our youth, rightly trained, might furnish, how soon the message of a crucified, risen, and soon-coming Saviour might be carried to the whole world! How soon might the end come—the end of suffering and sorrow and sin!” (Education, 271).
Under the mentorship and training of LeClaire Litchfield, retired pastor, these young people made themselves available to be used by the Holy Spirit in order to minister to other young people.
To end the week of prayer, the CAMS students shared a list of 12 ways to grow one’s relationship with Jesus:
1. Make a decision to grow in Jesus and talk to God about it
2. Find a spiritual mentor to talk to about your devotions
3. Find a friend to talk about your devotions
4. Choose a time daily
5. Choose a place
6. Pray and read
7. Listen and “be still”
9. Mark your Bible
10. Read Philippians and John
11. Get some 3x5 cards and write your thoughts and prayer requests
12. Make it a habit for life. Never give up. Always remember Jesus!
These ways to grow are just as applicable for teens and adults as they are for elementary students. Let’s seek Jesus first in all that we do!
Murray Cooper, head administrator for the Greater Collegedale School System