Their New Kids

class pastor

They start with incoming 6th graders…A class…group of kids…students…who will become their second family.

There are summer retreats…winter retreats…class nights…Sunday morning class…Wednesday night services…scheduled….

Unscheduled…phone calls…texts…hugs…long conversations…things they can’t talk to their parents about…a lot of times because it’s about their parents…dinners…lots of pictures…smiles…tears…laughter…sharing…growing…

Pouring their time, love, guidance, patience, knowledge…all in to kids that aren’t their own…well…weren’t their own. But they are now.

Watching these 6th graders grow in to young adults…sweet sixteens…eventually seniors…graduations…And in between, ball games, recitals, choir and band concerts, homecoming, prom…They’re in the pictures, in the rooms…there.

Saturdays no longer their own. Juggling time between their own family and this new family. Vacation time is used for summer retreats…Sunday night dinners with their new kids…

They’re chosen so carefully, never in haste. They make this commitment…Not only this time commitment…but to love, counsel, protect, encourage, guide, support, guard, lead…sometimes only to have their hearts broken by one or many of their new kids…But so many times to be rewarded with life long followers of Christ who they have helped shape…Whose commitment to God is a mirror of the commitment they have exemplified…

As I see them holding one of my daughter’s hands…Hugging them…Praying with them…Crying with them…I am blessed to know that God has put these extra sets of parents in our girls lives…I know they want only the very best for them. I know they are a safe place when my girls feel I’m unreachable…I know they are committed to them in a way only a parent can be…and they will be there for them in ways a parent can’t always be…They become their best friends…

Years ago, I never knew what the words “class pastors” would come to mean to me, my husband…our girls…

I only know they sacrifice…give without hesitation…love…hold tightly to their new kids…I only know I am eternally thankful for their commitment.

Pastor Ray and Rebecca

Pastor Mike and Amanda

And all of the other First NLR class pastors…your work is not unnoticed. Your commitment to our kids is priceless to us. Your willingness and obedience to God is a blessing beyond words.

Our kids show you…tell you…how much they love you. Let me say…as a mom to some of the beneficiaries of your commitment. You are loved, honored and cherished beyond words…

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