Do you ever say to yourself, “I’m so young I can’t do anything in service to God?” Many of us felt that way when we were young yet there is much that you can do even at a young age. You can use your imagination to find ways to use your time and abilities to do things that encourage others and help the work of God. I’ve included some of my ideas on these pages. What ideas do you have?
Writing Letters: You can write a letter to encourage a preacher in his work. Some preachers teach in foreign countries far away from their families and friends. A letter from you might make them feel closer to home. Ask them about the place where they are preaching and the work they are doing. You may learn much about God’s work in a different place. They may even have a child around your age whom you can start writing. Then you each will have made a new friend!
You can also write to those who are sick or shut in. Your parents will have the addresses of these members. You can make your own card, handmade ones are very special, with drawings to brighten the person’s day. A person who has to stay home most of the time (shut in) would love to get a letter or a drawing from a young person in the church. It will help them know that they are not forgotten.
Helping the Sick:
You can make a card or a special present for a sick person. When a person is sick they need someone to brighten up their day. You could make a card with a picture of a pretty day and a “Get Well Soon” message. If you know they like fishing or gardening, maybe you could draw a picture of them fishing or gardening.
Although you can mail the card, why not ask your parents to drive you so you can deliver it personally. Maybe you and your parents could make some food to carry with the card. Sick people often do not have the energy to make a good meal but, if they are sick, they need to have good food. Also, your visit will cheer them up.
Some people are sick for a long time and can’t come to church very much. They especially need your cards and visits. They do not want to be forgotten by God’s people. Don’t worry about buying anything. A home made card or a craft is a great gift.