- Jenna Zelm
Let the Little Ones Come to Me
Earlier this week in a staff meeting, our executive director, Jim, asked us “Why do you work at Campus Life?” and I sat there with a million thoughts running through my mind. As I pondered my answer, I realized that it all came down to God giving me a passion to serve others by serving him. So, every day, I aim to show up to serve God and those who walk in our doors. The way I serve may look different for each age group I work with, but it is a joy to come alongside people in their walks with Christ and grow together.
Recently something very exciting happened at Adventure Club, our elementary school program. A few weeks ago, one student in my small group at Adventure Club started asking deep questions during lesson. She seemed extremely interested in what it means to have a relationship with Jesus. I tried to talk about it that week in small group, but they were a little distracted on other parts of the Bible story from that night. So, leading up to the next week of club, I prayed for this student that she would come to know what it means to have a relationship with Jesus.
Well, the next week came and again we talked about the gospel with the students during lesson. Later we got to small group and I asked the students if they had made the decision to follow Christ before. Some of them said yes, but the student who was asking questions before said she did not know. This student had grown up hearing the gospel, and said she maybe prayed before, but she was not sure. So, within our small group I started asking her and others about the gospel and talked through what it means and if they believed it was true. After hearing her responses and talking about it, I asked if she wanted to make the decision to follow Christ then.
She said yes, so we prayed together as a small group and celebrated her choosing to follow Christ! After small group I took her Bible and wrote the date and place that she accepted Christ.
She was so excited to finally have that assurance of knowing that she had made the decision to follow Christ. Moments like that are exactly why I do my job. It is not about me; it is about sharing the hope of Christ with those who walk in our doors.
So, this is my prayer for her and others who have come to know Christ at Campus Life. Colossians 1:9-10 says, “And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God”. The journey does not just start and stop at salvation, it is an everyday choice to follow God, growing in wisdom and knowledge, and sharing that with others. I am excited to see what the Lord has in store for this student’s future!