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By Ada Nicholson Brownell
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Will you be the person you dream of being—or someone from your nightmares?
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SOMEONE FOR KIDS TO LATCH ONTO
By Ada Brownell
“The police came last night to our house to get Daddy,” the youngster announced. “He hid on the closet shelf and they didn’t find him!”
The report came during our opening moments at the Dunamis Academy, an after-school and summers program where I heard similar stories. Dunamis is Greek for supernatural power.
I started the program at our church daycare after I retired. A number of the elementary children in the class were Social Services children who didn’t attend our church.
When I had the idea for the program, I was concerned about latch-key children because I’d written about them in my work as a daily newspaper reporter in Pueblo, Colo. The vision was to use the nearly empty church during the week to reach youngsters who needed the gospel, bring the congregation’s children into deeper knowledge of the Word, and help children not doing well in school with tutoring. I envisioned spiritually mature teenagers and other volunteers would help.
Then I spoke to the daycare director and she also caught the vision because the older children already enrolled needed something constructive.
I taught upper elementary and middle school and wrote my own curriculum: “Dynamite Decisions for Youth,” “God in American History,” and “Love is Dynamite.” We continued the program after school and summers for two years. We charged a nominal fee to children not enrolled in day care. There was no charge to students already enrolled.
Summers for three hours Monday through Thursday we sang, prayed, played, studied Bible stories, memorized scripture, did skits, saw object lessons, participated in discussion, listened to guest speakers, did crafts and learned how to operate puppets in ministry (the children’s pastor taught puppetry). Day care children stayed for a leisurely afternoon.
Since we were only 30 miles away, during the summer on Fridays we went on field trips to Colorado Springs ministries to show children careers they could pursue. We watched a radio missionary broadcasting the gospel around the world. We visited Focus on the Family. At David C. Cook we saw artists create illustrations for their publications. We visited the Navigator’s castle, and other ministries. The next year we visited soup kitchens, homeless shelters and other charities in our city.
We had guest speakers, two I’d like to mention. The teenager who emigrated from Africa, told about differences in freedoms there and America and taught a song in Swahili: “Hold on to Jesus.” The other was a public high school teacher who playing a game called “Virus X” that taught how quickly sexually transmitted diseases spread.
According to the last statistics I gathered, five million elementary-age U.S. children grow up with no supervision after school. Twenty-two million adolescents are unsupervised between 3 and 6 p.m. on a typical day, according to the U.S. Department of Health’s Child Care Bureau.
Large numbers of America’s youth have never heard the gospel. The church is losing young people to secularism. Some churches eliminated Christian education, carelessly dropping their sterling silver youth down the garbage disposal
The first summer of the Dunamis Academy, two daycare assistants accepted Jesus as Savior during our class. Most of the children also invited Jesus into their hearts.
There are a number of after-school programs, but most don’t emphasize the gospel. We informed parents we would teach undenominational Bible classes and had them sign permission. No parents wanted out. We had great feedback, with parents coming to awards ceremonies.
I imagine they were like my dad when my sisters and brothers started going to church. He told Mama, “Let them go. I heard they teach children to obey their parents.”
Ada Brownell bio:
Ada Brownell, a devoted Bible student, has written for Christian publications since age 15 and spent much of her life as a reporter for The Pueblo Chieftain in Colo. After moving to Springfield, MO in her retirement, she continues to free lance for Sunday school papers, Christian magazines, write op-ed pieces for newspapers, and write books with stick-to-your-soul encouragement. She is critique group leader of Ozarks Chapter of American Christian Writers and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.
Among her books: Imagine the Future You, a youth Bible study (November 2013). Joe the Dreamer: The Castle and the Catapult, (Jan. 15, 2013); Swallowed by Life: Mysteries of Death, Resurrection and the Eternal, (Dec. 6, 2011); and Confessions of a Pentecostal, out of print but released in 2012 for Kindle; All the books are available in paper or for Kindle.
Blog: http://inkfromanearthenvessel.blogspot.com Stick to Your Soul Encouragement
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