It was early Sunday morning & I found myself here- at the Gahanna Campus - for both Celebrations a few weeks back. I was wandering through the back hallway and as I peeked in a classroom I saw a table full of physically & mentally challenged adults studying the Bible and praising the Lord. Long-time-leaders Bill & Maggie Hyde have given decades of service to this population, hosting worship nights, movie nights, parties, and other fun events. As I saw their faces, fixed on their craft sheets and activities, I knew God Himself was pleased as He saw His people ministering to these folks often forgotten. My heart was full!
Later that morning, in the very same room, I heard 90-year-old Fred Cathers reading scripture to his fellow seniors as they studied the Bible and prayed together. What a blessing. My heart overflowed once again! A room full of saints, still learning, still studying God's Word, still praying for our pastors and missionaries and each other.
I walked down the hall and the older kids
I didn't make it to the KidzWing that morning, but my husband (Mr.Don) just happens to be the famous "Baby Whisperer" who has worked in the Nursery for decades and assures me we don't offer "babysitting" but full-fledged Gospel curriculum for even our youngest little ones! A nursery worker recently shared with me that as she snuggles our babies in the nursery, she prays for them and their families. Our toddlers listen to Bible stories and sing about Jesus. Our pre-schoolers and elementary kids can tell you about God's love, the great stories of the Bible, make great little friendships, and pray down the house when there is a need! What a blessing to see even the little ones praising the Lord every Sunday morning!
I didn't plan on this great revelation, I was just "working" but God chose to show me what Sunday morning looks like at New Life Gahanna. Behind the scenes, not in "Big Church" but in