In the last three to four months, you may have heard us say that one of our strategies this year is to mobilize the Body of Christ in the Spokane area to reach out to kids in our local schools. I’d like to share with you an excerpt from an email I received last week from staff at a local non-profit that works in recruiting mentors for Spokane-area school kids: “When the response from the churches was limited it was hard……then your group appeared.  You are the answer to my prayers.  You are the miracle I have been asking for. What makes it even more miraculous is all of you are followers of Jesus.  He encompasses all you do and why you do. Thank you for being the miracle!”

Rogers Coaches
Two local Rogers High School football coaches and their boys at the screening of the movie “When the Game Stands Tall”, summer 2014

Regardless of whether this woman is believes in Jesus for her salvation, it’s absolutely glorious to me that she recognizes Christ in what we do.  God says it so well through the Apostle Paul: But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. ~ 2 Corinthians 4:7

When we serve the needy around us as representatives of the Church, we are reflecting the heart of Christ to them. You and I hold “this treasure in earthen vessels”. While it’s common-sense, it is also documented that mentoring kids in schools help the children to achieve.

According to the California Research Bureau: “a 1995 impact evaluation of the Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) program continues to be the landmark study of mentoring. This evaluation studied more than 1000 children, ages 10–16, over an 18-month period. Compared to the children in the control group, BBBS children with mentors were less likely to begin using drugs and alcohol; less likely to hit someone; and less likely to skip school. BBBS children felt more competent about doing schoolwork, skipped one-third fewer classes, and showed modest gains in their grade point averages.” (From the California Research Bureau, California State Library, 2001)

Far more importantly, when a Christian believer steps up and serves as the mentor, we are fulfilling Jesus’ heart for His Body by serving that child!  I love the words of the old hymn you may have heard called “Let Others See Jesus in You”:
While passing thro’ this world of sin,
and others your life shall view,
Be clean and pure without, within;

Let others see Jesus in you.
Let others see Jesus in you,
Let others see Jesus in you.

Keep telling the story, be faithful and true;
Let others see Jesus in you.
Your life’s a book before their eyes,
They’re reading it thro’ and thro’
Say, does it point them to the skies,
Do others see Jesus in you?
Then live for Christ both day and night,
Be faithful, be brave and true,
and lead the lost to life and Christ.

Let others see Jesus in you.
(B. B. McKinney, 1924)

There are Jesus-believing, Bible-preaching, Gospel-centered churches around every single grade school, middle school, and high school in our area. We currently already have volunteers from churches cooperating with other congregations to mentor children in some neighborhood schools. I assure you that Jesus will use the service you do for those kids to transform families. When that happens, neighborhoods are changed, churches grow, and Jesus is glorified in our community!

There is an upcoming training meeting for potential mentors.  Please consider attending:
January 8 from 6pm to 8pm at Sheridan Elementary 3737 E. 5th Ave.

Additionally, if your church would like to ‘adopt’ a nearby school and gather multiple volunteers to serve as mentors, I am confident we can work that out for you. 🙂

If you don’t feel like your own church has the capacity or the calling to serve, but you would still like to help the effort in a tangible way, you can donate to the GSAE which supports us as we work to find Christian mentors serving for Jesus. http://www.gsae.net/resources/donate/ We need believers all over the Spokane area to join us in taking back our city!

Will you join us?

Taking Back our City!