Half way through the school year, I began to have a strong and overwhelming desire to share all that we were learning with the youth at my church. I longed for the friends of my children and their siblings to receive the same blessing my children were experiencing. When I mentioned it to Suzie, she was in complete agreement. So, she and I began to pray.
This school year, the classes filled up in two weeks! So, I added another class. Two weeks before classes started in September, I added two more classes. This school year, we have FIVE classes and nearly FIFTY students studying the book of James and Judges/Ruth. God has blessed the youth studies abundantly! Suzie moved away over the summer, so she is no longer leading a class. However, she continues to be a crucial part of developing the youth ministry. I also stepped down from leading a class so that I can devote more time to writing and developing the youth lessons. I am working close with the five leaders, and I also rotate sitting in on the classes. The leaders and I meet to pray for the students and discuss the lessons after class. Often times, I am brought to tears of joy during our fellowship.
I hope you will be blessed by the opportunity to study the book of James along side your children. Perhaps the Lord will lead you to organize a group study for youth, as He did me. Either way, I pray that the Holy Spirit will be with you and that you will increase in the wisdom and knowledge of God.
In Him, who is my strength, Marchelle