I live in a neighborhood with lots of children, more than in any other place I have lived. We have a little park directly across from us and most days you will find children playing there and sometimes even adults tossing the ball around or moms chit chatting on the bench. It’s one of the reasons I wanted to buy this house as a mom with lots of little kids. When I hear the school bus on my street, I know that any minute now my door bell will ring and it will ring a few times throughout the afternoon asking if my children can come out and play.
Today it was a good feeling when we loaded up the wagon on a nice day and my daughter saw me bring my Bible with my keys and said, “Mom, everybody there is already saved. But I guess you should still bring it in case somebody new comes.” There are still a few I need to give the Gospel to, but praise the Lord majority of their friends have already accepted Christ as their Savior. They have heard a clear presentation of the Gospel and we had the privilege to pray with them asking for eternal life.
Today when I came home from an errand, one of the girls ran up to my daughter getting out of the car and said she wanted to talk to me. I called her name from the driver side and she looked up at me and said, “I forgot about God.” She was smiling and I know really what was in her heart. She just wanted to either hear it again or hear more. Unfortunately I had to go inside and make dinner but promised to meet at the park with the kids tomorrow so we could talk more about it. I remember as a child I had so many questions and I know my children even now do. I try very hard to find that balance between being there for my new little spiritual siblings in the faith and being respectful of their parents. Even though they ask, I never allow a child inside my home (and frankly it’s disturbing to me that parents don’t have a clue whose house they are going in). I always give the Gospel to them out in the open at the park and welcome anybody to come and hear it. Another family rule we have is even though they ask, they cannot come to church with us without a parent, we are not comfortable with that for a lot of reasons. I feel that any child that is out and about alone on the street or park is fair enough to give them the Gospel to around the age of 10 and up. Yes it is scary, in the fact that I know I could have a parent upset with me. However chances are they probably are not going to hear it down the line anywhere else. Their souls just matter to me more than an uncomfortable conversation. Not only do I also want the children my kids play with to be saved, it is sort of a “preventative vaccine”(Romans 1) for a child turning into a reprobate as they get older and harming other children. There is such a thing as cursed children in the Bible. Besides anybody that has gone soulwinning before knows that a 10 year old is more likely to get saved than a 20, 30, or 40 year old. When you look around at all the children in your neighborhood, think to yourself..”What if I am the only person around them that can give them the Gospel and lead them to Salvation?” You just might be!
Here are some tips I have learned from other Pastors-
If you are trying to get an adult saved and they don’t want to hear it, sometimes they will let you talk to their children. Ask them, “Is it alright if I tell the children a Bible Story?” And then guess what story you tell them? Bingo- Jesus dying on the cross for them. You can add many verses before and after tying it all in.
Best of all- Watch this over and over, it’s fantastic! I use many of the examples in this video below.
I find that when it comes to keeping children engaged it’s best to have most verses memorized but still show them some directly in the Bible. I like to use a lot of example and act out the gift illustration with one of my kids. My kids love it and pretty sure they could recite that part of the presentation on their own to explain to others.
I really like this picture below. It was from when we moved into our new house and our friend from church was helping us move in. He took a break to give the Gospel to the boy who lived across from us. He got saved and Elly just sat in the car and watched intently. Sometime last year I got to talk to his brother at the park and checked his salvation and was pleasantly surprised to hear him answer all the questions correctly. That gave me such hope and joy.
Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Proverbs 20:11 – Even a child is known by his doings, whether his work [be] pure, and whether [it be] right.