Passing the Torch: Kids in Missions

Man telling Bible stories to crowd of captivated children

By Ron Mouser

Boy holding Bible lesson
Nine-year-old Bible teacher

Am I going to have to wait until I’m an old man to teach peo­ple about the Lord?” our nine-year old son blurt­ed out in frus­tra­tion. Earlier, Caleb had over­heard my wife and me dis­cussing who would run her week­ly Bible class in the vil­lage dur­ing her absence… and he felt like it should be him. After all, I had just prayed with him the night before about God using him to min­is­ter to oth­ers. This was his oppor­tu­ni­ty.

But there are about 30 kids in the class. Many of them are around your age or old­er. I don’t know if they will lis­ten to you. And mom­my and dad­dy won’t be there to help you,” Ivonne insist­ed.

My lit­tle boy’s eyes looked watery as I leaned over and hugged him.

Prepare your les­son and pray,” I whis­pered in his ear. “If it’s the right time, God will open the door.” So Caleb pre­pared a kids’ Bible class com­plete with songs, top­ic-relat­ed games and col­or­ing pages. We rehearsed the Bible sto­ry and its appli­ca­tion on our way out to the vil­lage. And then it hap­pened. Nobody else was pre­pared to take the group, so I assigned a few ladies to assist my nine-year old son as he taught his first one-hour Bible class.

At the end of the study, he was ecsta­t­ic and I was amazed at how once again God had tak­en a bad sit­u­a­tion and brought some­thing beau­ti­ful out of it.


Ron and his fam­i­ly are full time mis­sion­ar­ies with World Indigenous Missions in Chiapas, Mexico. This sto­ry was orig­i­nal­ly pub­lished in his e-newslet­ter. Click here to sub­scribe.

One Comment on “Passing the Torch: Kids in Missions

  1. this is so encour­ag­ing i’m a young teen and have strug­gled with the prob­lem (at least in my mind) of i’m to young no one will lis­ten to me, i will have to wait till im old to share the good news! for as long as i can remem­ber

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