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First Steps Preschool Reflection

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June is one of the busiest months of the school year for teachers and students alike. It’s a month that brings celebration, excitement, and transition all together. Our little four-year-olds are finishing their last few weeks of preschool and heading off into the next chapter of their young lives.

June also gives us an opportunity to reflect on the two years they have spent at preschool. To sit with parents and talk about the many different ways their child has grown and developed during the past two years is a wonderful reminder of why we teach and invest in these young children. These little humans have so much more to accomplish in their lives. We pray that the contributions and investments our teachers have made will have a life-long effect on them. As we celebrate the graduation of our four-year-olds into kindergarten, and anticipate with excitement the arrival of our new little three-year-olds in September, please remember to pray for our church preschool, the families who attend, and our teachers.

Posted by Katie Yakiwchuk

Missionaries to the Next Generation

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If you were at the leadership workshop in March, or at the AGM in April, you heard a determined message from leadership to focus on reaching the next generation for Christ. We talked about how the church should never tell the younger generation that they are the "future" of the church when they are here in the present. We should not communicate to them that they must wait for a few more years until they get to really belong to this church family. Instead, we must communicate to them that they are a valuable part of God's family today, and that we love being in community with them and seeing them grow in Jesus. 

Sadly, youth is often viewed as a disadvantage in Christian life as evident in the fact that Paul feels it is necessary for him to remind Timothy that people should not despise him for his youth (1 Timothy 4:12). The disciples made such mistakes as well; they didn't understand the value of the next generation. Jesus teaches his disciples to value children and to not hinder them from coming to Him (Mark 10:13-16). In fact, Jesus is indignant that the disciples are acting as a hindrance to children coming to Him when they should be pursuing them for Jesus! The disciples had it all wrong, and Jesus corrected them. 

The bible consistently teaches that we ought to treasure our next generation and pursue them with the love of Jesus. Apostle Paul valued Eunice (mother) and Lois' (grandmother) investment of faith in Timothy as they poured God's truth into him. Moreover, when Jonathan made his covenant with David, he asked David to have mercy on his descendants—Jonathan was concerned for the well-being of the next generation (1 Samuel 20:15; 20:42). So, we must ask ourselves, "Are we concerned for the eternal well-being of our next generation?" Are we concerned that, statistically, the next generation is more rapidly walking away from the Lord than ever? Are we concerned that our children and grandchildren are living in a post-Christian culture without being properly equipped to walk in the truth? If we aren't concerned for the next generation—if we're not doing everything we can to reach them—we are neglecting God's command to make disciples. If the gospel legacy of South Delta Baptist Church ends with our generation, that means we failed in our mission to go and make disciples. 

As the original missionary, God left heaven's throne to carry a cross; that was the extent of His pursuit of us. Imagine the great distance from heaven's glory to the shameful cross. That's the distance Christ covered because He loved us that much. How far are we willing to go to pursue our children with the gospel? How much are we willing to sacrifice so that the next generation hears and knows the gospel of Jesus? My prayer and desire is that our answer would be this: EVERYTHING.

Lord, take all of our preferences, all of our comfort, and all of our fears. We lay them down before Your throne. In their place, give us a passionate heart that burns with a desire to pursue the next generation with Your perfect love. Send us as Your missionaries to the next generation, and be with us as we pursue them.  

Posted by Paul Park

Internship

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A few months ago, we asked our church family to support a fundraising initiative that would help support three summer interns helping in our youth and children’s ministries throughout the summer. Through generous giving and our Mother's Day bake sale, we have seen over one third of the needed support raised for these interns. We asked each of them to write about their experience so far as interns and what they are working on for the summer.

James Cox
With every internship that I have done over the past few years, each one has been amazing and so far, this one is destined to be amazing too. I am always so excited to get hired again to continue working within our youth ministry and helping Kyle to make it the best it can be.

This spring has been full of great nights with the youth, running programs, building up the community, and helping to teach the gospel to the youth of South Delta. I have been involved in planning and running Sunday and Thursday nights alongside Kyle in our youth and pre-teen groups. Also, Kyle has been teaching me about running and leading a ministry, as well as taking time to teach me theology. I am excited to see how God will use me and this ministry to further His kingdom, and for all the ways our church can leave a lasting impact on those we encounter this summer. I am excited to see how I will be able to grow and develop over the summer as I continue to pursue vocational ministry.

Connor Bower
It has only been three weeks of working at SDBC and each day has gone by so fast. Between furthering my own faith with my coworkers and continuing to plan and be a part of the community, my days are filled. I am looking forward to continuing my work with the people of SDBC and the people of our community in hopes that they see my commitment to my work and God. 

I am currently helping with renovations in the youth centre to improve the environment for our weekly youth attendees. I am also looking into the different events that are hosted by the communities of Ladner and Tsawwassen so that we can have a regular presence at these events. Additionally, I am planning other events in the community that will be open to the public while using local shops and locations to establish more community connection. 

Kaitlyn Shipowich
I cannot believe that it has been over two years since I started working with SDBC Kids. This internship has been such a blessing and is so much more than just a summer job. As my role shifts from doing part-time administrative work for Sunday programs to a full-time summer position, I am excited to see what God has in store! The staff and attendees of SDBC have been so supportive of us interns and I am very thankful for the intentional mentorship of the pastors and staff. I have grown significantly in my leadership and administrative abilities thanks to them and none of it would be possible without God's incredible love and providence. He has shown me that ministry is not always easy and is so much more than a 9-to-5 job. Still, God has never given me a task I cannot handle with His guidance. 

The SDBC Kids team is working hard on our summer events. Planning the Carnival, Breakout, and church picnic. I am really looking forward to each of these events as I know they are going to be quite fun! I believe that God is doing some amazing things in this church and I am so thankful to be a part of it.

Posted by Kyle McDonald

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