Our church has a program called Army of the One. This about raising up an Army for God!
The program is specifically designed for 5th grade students only. The purpose of the program is to disciple and prepare the children who are going to be moving up from Faith Kids to Thrive Youth as they enter into 6th grade.
I can hardly believe that I am typing that right now!
It isn't mandatory, but Kobe decided he would like to participate and so I signed him up. He made a 10 week commitment. He was there every Sunday (except one that we were out of town on a mini vacation) night for an hour and a half learning about God, what His words says, what it means, and how to apply it.
They memorized Bible verses, prayed for one another and with each other, learned about the gifts God gives to His children, and grew in the Lord over this time period.
They were given shirts that said "Army of the One" and were to wear them each time. They had a binder where they kept all of their information and things they were learning.
At the end of the ten weeks, Ms. Lynn (children's pastor at Faith Church) held a little graduation ceremony for them.
Each child was allowed to tell their favorite part of the program. Kobe's was "Splatter Time". This is a time where the children scattered out away from each other and prayed for themselves, each other, and whatever else they felt led to pray about. After that each child came up and said his/her favorite Bible verse and was awarded their dog tags with their name engraved and a nicely framed picture of their group. Kobe chose 2 Corinthians 5:17:
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
That is one of my favorite verses. It is so easy to get bogged down and sometimes that defeated devil tries to make us think we are still the "old us". It is nice to have this verse to remind ourselves and that defeated foe of who we are in Christ!
I am so proud of Kobe for choosing to participate. He was very nervous about standing up and reciting His chosen Bible verse. We prayed for him before church and spoke Philippians 4:13 over him:
I can do all things through Christ which strengths me.
He did a GREAT job. I was so very proud for him to face his fears and so very proud of him for completing the program. Of course, I choked back the tears and swallowed that stinging lump in my throat!
|Me and Sam...waiting for the program to begin|
|Mrs. Lynn and Kobe after the ceremony|
|Sam during the ceremony! He keeps me laughing!|
|Kobe waiting his turn to speak!|
|Getting his dog tags and his group picture|
|Kobe telling his favorite verse|
|The whole group|