Last weekend our kids joined hundreds of others from around the area to participate in M-JAM 2016. M-JAM is a day of mission’s awareness and mission activity that builds faith foundations with a Gospel presentation, introduces children to “real live” missionaries and gives them an opportunity to do mission activities with children from around the state.
We started the day off right with the opening celebration and worship. Leading was Jeff Slaughter, formally of Lifeway. For the past 26 years, Jeff Slaughter has been laughing, singing, dancing and worshiping with kids! His heart’s desire is to equip them with God’s word through music and to help them discover what a passionate relationship with Jesus is all about.
Before singing each song, Jeff would demonstrate the sign language that goes with the lyrics and explain how the songs use truths found in the Bible to help us worship God. I loved how he was able to put terms on their level of understanding and allow them to worship.
Abbie and Caleb, two students from LSU, did a fantastic job helping bring the story of Zacchaeus to life. With games and volunteers from the audience, the kids discovered how Jesus can rescue us from sin. The two also showed the kids how they could share that good news with their friends simply using their hands to tell the Gospel message. Adam and Eve were with God (hands together), but they sinned and we were separated from God (hands apart). But Jesus came, lived a perfect life, and defeated death so that we can be forgiven and brought back together with God (hands together in a fist). And nothing can separate us from that love (try to pull hands apart, but they are locked together).
Next we met a couple of missionaries that serve in Africa. The kids really enjoyed seeing what life was like for them. They took questions from our kids and told them all about what it is like to be serving God in a different country.
Finally we met Gibbie McMillian, the Men’s Ministry and Disaster Relief Strategist for Louisiana Baptists. He showed us what Baptists are doing here and around the world when disaster strikes. In a world that asks “Why?” Gibbie told kids that they come with the answers.
We want our kids to know Jesus, grow in Bible skills, and to develop a heart to serve others. M-JAM touches on all those areas. Thank you for allowing us to go to M-JAM!