Let me tell you about 5 kids I’m really proud of. These five Childress kids are all headed to do mission work for the next 2 years. These 5 kids have committed to give the next two years totally to God. They will be going through the AIM (Adventures In Missions) program in Lubbock, Texas. They’ll spend the first 8 months in Lubbock in Bible classes, and then they’ll be heading all over the world to do mission work. I love the fact that they want to live out their faith and that the Childress church and others have said, “If you want to go, we’ll make sure you get there!” These 5 have all got out and raised their support and are ready to go. They have been blessed by churches, family and friends who have agreed to help support them financially in this. I’m proud of our Childress 5.
I’m trying to encourage all five to start blogs. Two of them have so if you want to drop them a note of encouragement or keep up with where they are going and what they are doing, you can find these two: Evan Williams and Taylor Morgan.
Another cool thing is that Taylor and the other two boys are planning on doing full-time ministry once they’ve finished AIM. I’ve always been uncomfortable about pushing my sons into full-time ministry. I’ve always wanted it to be their decision, telling them that I didn’t expect them to follow me only Jesus.
This Saturday morning we’ll take these kids to Lubbock to move them into their new apartments. I knew this time would come. It’s tough letting your first one go, but I’m excited about Taylor. The last 18 years have gone so fast. Just the other day I was the nervous father in the delivery room when he was born, now I’m the nervous father sending him out into the world. Where have the past 18 years gone?
I’m realizing now that the years, months, days and minutes are SO important with each child. We don’t have them very long – value and cherish them while you can.