Last Sunday some of the teens received certificates for work completed in 2019. Some were for daily Bible reading, memorizing Bible verses, or reading the Bible through in that year. I realize how important it was to acknowledge the completed work as I believe it truly was work; work done because of the teen’s own commitment and their desire to finish a task or goal they had begun. I believe it was also because of the support and encouragement of Brandon and Anastasia.

When I was a teenager the youth group was very important to me. However, no one encouraged me to read my Bible on my own. In fact, I don’t remember that anyone carried a Bible. I was given a Bible in 1955 but don’t remember ever reading it yet I know now the importance of reading and studying God’s Word. I realize too that after so many years some of my memories may not be exact but it seems there was so much wasted time; years that I should have been learning about God and His Word. I am grateful to be a part of a church that does acknowledge the efforts of our young people; one that encourages them in their walk with the Lord.

Having said all that, I too congratulate the ones who finished the program and received a certificate. I congratulate too, the ones who began a program of reading or memorizing but did not complete it. Let me encourage you to not give up. It’s no secret that I began reading through my Bible many times before I actually completed it. You can do it!

I admire and respect those who spend hours preparing and teaching Bible lessons to our youth; the teens, Sunday school classes, Jr. Church, and even the nursery workers who help to prepare the little ones to learn about God.

I offer a very special thanks to each of our church workers. To see the changes as the young ones learn and grow is truly a blessing to be counted.

By Wilda Caplinger