Encouraging Evangelism

     First, I would like to introduce myself.  My name is Shari Braddock.  I have been a member of First  Baptist Church of Gray Gables for 20 years. I have a daughter Kelli who is in 4th grade and a daughter Kara who is in 7th grade. I volunteer in the preschool department, help coordinate special outings for the children’s department, and help yearly with VBS at church. I also volunteer weekly at the Intermediate School as well as substitute teach there so I see alot of the children from Awanas at school too.  I am one of the leaders for the Truth and Training Club.  I have enjoyed getting to know the kids in Awanas the past few years. 

     After last night I feel like I need a T-shirt that reads “I Survived Crazy Hair Night!”.  Wow! What a night! We had everything from colored hair to spiked hair.  The kids were so excited and wound up, but they settled down nicely for the Bible Lesson.  I hope they didn’t have a hard time taking me seriously with gold hair as I shared a lesson about how to get the courage to invite friends to Awanas and to tell friends about Jesus.  I also had the opportunity to share the ABC’s of receiving salvation. I used it as an example of how to tell others about Jesus as well as to show them their need to trust Christ as their Savior.  I shared the following verses James 2:10, Romans 6:23, and 2Corinthians 5:21 as well as a story with characters the kids could relate to.  

   Just a word for those of you that are considering volunteering for Awanas.  I have had the opportunity to get to know the kids whose parents are members of our church as well as those who come on the buses.  They have all been a blessing to me.   They have such sweet, receiving hearts.  Some of them never hear the gospel outside of this night.  I am not saying that there are not going to be nights when they get a little rowdy but even when you think they are not paying attention they are learning from our words and our actions.  God always blesses obedience!

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  1. Hello everyone!!! My name is Jessica Turner and I am the Cubbies director!!! I am a stay at home mom with three girls and one on the way!!! Just a note to let you all know that we are having so much fun in Cubbies. Just watching the children interact with each other and remembering what they have learned from week to week is an awesome thing. Last week we had 10 kids in the Cubbies class and everyone of them knew at least 2 of their bible verses. I AM SO PROUD OF THEM!!! I hope that we will have even more children this week and can’t wait to see all of the Backwards Shirts!!! I am really enjoying teaching the young children they always put a smile on my face!!! If you are interested in joining us we would love to have you and hope to see you soon!!!

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