First I wanted to introduce myself… Hi, I’m Jon Pierce, and I am the new Elementary Ministry Lead for Empowered Kids. Previously, I oversaw the Empowered Kids ministry at the Rosena Ranch campus and more than excited to be jumping in this new role to serve the elementary kids and families in this ministry on our main campus in Fontana. For well over a decade I have been serving in various ministries from Youth to Kids. One of my fondest memories was being a counselor at a summer camp at Forest Home, sleeping in a canvas tepees, chasing away raccoons in the middle of the night, being launched sky high on the “Blob”, and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with a rambunctious group of 4th grade boys. It was those moments that I knew I wanted to serve children’s ministry for the rest of my life! My beautiful wife, Rebecca, and I have 3 boys of our own Josiah (12 years old), Nathan (10), and Eli (5), so if you ever come over for dinner you can expect it to be loud, messy, and find a Nerf dart or two laying around. We reside here in San Bernardino and when I’m not serving EK I’m probably running, cycling, hiking or watching movies. If you see me over the weekend please don't hesitate to say "Hi"; I'm looking forward to meeting you all.
Also if you are looking for a place to serve - Empowered Kids might just be the place for you. Connect with me if you are interested because we would love to serve with you!
Summer months for EK kids means exploring the lives of missionary heroes to discover how they lived out The Great "Mission" that Jesus gave us to "Go out into all the world and preach the good news to all creation!" (Mark 16:15)
Each week we experience a new country focus with a cultural snack*, game or craft and a fun video (featuring Professor Noah Lot and Agent Double 7-7) to walk through the special challenges of the mission assignment to share God's love and the truth about who Jesus is with our friends, neighbors and our "world".
Kids are encouraged to memorize weekly Bible verses and help to raise funds for our Summer Mission Project - CANCHA DE BASKETBALL (A basketball court for an orphanage in Mexico.)
Here's our schedule -
*Saturday night services are SNACK FREE!
The past weekend our 3rd and 4th grade classes had the opportunity to go into their new worship center and dedicate the space. The kids donned their hard hats and got to draw their hand-print on the cement and worship in the new room together. Check out the pictures from this awesome time!
Recently our 1st and 2nd graders had the opportunity to go into their worship center and draw their hand print on the cement before the carpet is laid. They were also able to worship and pray over the new venue. Here are a few pictures from this awesome time!
"I Will Put Others First!"
This weekend kick-started a 4-week series on serving others and being generous. Your kids thoughts of ways that they could put others needs before their own. Check out the Family Devotional and discover ways you can teach them to put others first.
This weekend, your kids learned about Scottish athlete, Eric Liddell (yes, from Chariots of Fire). Everyone knows the legendary story of how at the 1924 Olympics, Eric refused to participate his best race because it was on the Sabbath, only to later win a Gold Medal in a race he'd hardly trained for. But very few know of his incredible life after the races as a missionary in China at the dawn of WWII. Eric's whole tesimony is an incredible example of how God will honour us when we choose Him above everything else!
Read more about Eric Liddell together and be sure to submit your answers for the Global Treasure Challenge!
Happy Independence Day!
This weekend, your kids learned about Adoniram Judson. Born just 12 years after the Declaration of Independence was signed, Adoniram is considered the first American-born global missionary. He brought the Gospel to Burma (modern day Myanmar) and translated it into Burmese while also working on an English-Burmese dictionary for future missionaries. When Adoniram arrived in Burma, no one had ever heard about Jesus. By the time of his death in 1850, over 7,000 Burmese people had given their lives to Christ. What an amazing legacy!
You can read more about Adoniram together and be sure to submit your answers for the Global Treasure Questions!
This week, your kids learned about Lillian Trasher-- an America-born woman who had a heart for God's treasured children. Lillian started an orphanage in Assiout, Egypt with just one baby and barely enough money for food. Over the course of her life, she'd taken care of over 8,000 children! Today the Lillian Trasher Orphanage is home to 650 widows and orphans and is run by an Egyptian couple who grew up in that very orphanage! Lillian's story reminds us that God is our true provider!
Read about Lillian together and be sure to send in your answers for the Global Treasure Challenge!
This weekend your kids heard about a little boy from Poland named Friedrich Wilhelm Albrecht who had injured his leg so badly that he had a permanent limp-- he could never run and play with the other children. Instead of feeling sorry for himself, thru this disability God gave him compassion for other hurting people. He and his wife went on to be missionaries to Aborigines near the Hermannsburg Mission in Central Australia. He spent the rest of his life Down Under spreading the Gospel to the people of Australia.
You can read about Friedrich together and remember to email your Global Challenge answers in by Wednesday, June 25th!
Happy Father's Day!
This week, your kids heard about Marianna Slocum who has a special gift to learn languages and a passion to help other people read the Word of God in their own tongues. Marianna spent 22 years with the Tzeltal and Bachajon natives in Chiapas, Mexico as well as 20 years with the Paez natives in Columbia translating the Bible into their own languages. Today in Chiapas, the Bible is preached in the local languages in over 400 evangelical churches. It's amazing what God can do when we're willing to use our gifts to glorify Him!
Read more about Marianna together and be sure to submit your answers to this week's Global Treasure Challenge Question!