Okaloosa kids rake leaves on Children’s Ministry Day
Mar 18, 2014
Florida Baptist Witness

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY Children from various churches and all ages in the Okaloosa Baptist Association joined together in a WMU-sponsored Children’s Ministry event Feb. 15. A goal was to establish a life-long appreciation for serving others. Courtesy photo

OKALOOSA (FBW)—Children from Okaloosa Baptist Association churches worked together in the association’s second-annual Children’s Ministry Day Feb. 15. They joined with other children across the nation to minister to others in the national WMU-sponsored event.

Holly Garcia, who coordinated the day as Okaloosa association WMU director, said she enjoyed watching the kids work together.

“Kids from different churches raked leaves and had to move bags that were really too heavy for them. They had to cooperate to solve problems,” she said.

Children from First Baptist Church of Garden City and Calvary Baptist Church in Crestview cleaned up the large yard of elderly Crestview resident Sheila Carr. They raked leaves to fill 30 large bags. Some of the children learned to use a leaf-blower, which proved to be “exciting fun,” according to Garcia.

“The most important thing is that the children focused on reaching outside of their own age group. This is the age to establish life-long habits of serving others,” she said.

The children’s ministry days has prompted Garcia’s two children, ages 7 and 8, to look go out of their way to look for ways to help others, their mom admitted.

The association worked with a local organization, Out of This World Ministries, to choose the families who receive help. The non-profit is headed by Paul Mixon, pastor of Central Baptist Church in Crestview.

The 2013 event was hampered by very cold wind, and organizers were “praying against rain” for the 2014 ministry day, and their prayers were answered. The sunny, warm day, however, gave families many options of activities, she said. The number of participants in 2014 was double last year’s.

“This is really a great opportunity for smaller churches to get together to do projects like this,” Garcia said. The kids worked so hard, and we’re proud of them. Children’s Ministry Day will be back next year.”

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