Mission Bite #34: Come with a Program, Offer Loving Embrace

"Each month we have the opportunity to join fellow local believers in serving at a center for families in crisis. Few people know or care about the people who live here -- usually mothers and children from broken families. The children are often so full of excitement and energy that they probably miss most of our cleverly-crafted Bible lessons.

But even the most 'energetic' kids respond to a simple gesture: simply sitting beside them, or holding them in our lap and providing a warm, quiet embrace. We come with a program, but God reminds us time and again that what these children need most -- and what everyone needs most -- is not a story or sermon, but someone to sit with us and provide a safe and loving embrace."

- Jon and Tanya Parks, CBF field personnel in Slovakia