Ministering to Children

by | Jun 3, 1999 | Parenting

“I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord.” And he worshiped the Lord there.” – 1 Samuel 1:27-28

John Pounds was born in Portsmouth on June 17, 1766. His father was a carpenter at the royal dockyard and when was twelve years old, his father arranged for him to be apprenticed as a shipwright. Three years later John fell into a dry dock. As he lay in the hospital for the next two years, he began to read the Bible and he soon came to Christ. When he finally left the hospital, he remained crippled for life.

Unable to work as a shipwright, John became a shoemaker and by 1803 he had his own shop in St. Mary Street, Portsmouth. While working in the shop, John began teaching local children how to read. His reputation as a teacher grew and he soon had over 40 pupils attending his lessons. Unlike other schools, John did not charge a fee for teaching the poor of Portsmouth. As well as reading and arithmetic, John gave lessons in cooking, carpentry and shoemaking. During his lifetime, John Pounds taught more than five hundred children and most of them came to know the Lord. He is credited with “Ragged School Movement,” a movement that culminated with all children being able to receive an education in Great Britain.

One of the greatest ministries you can have is praying for and ministering to children. Today in prayer, pray for the children you know asking that they would come to know and love Jesus Christ.

“Father, hear us, we are praying. Hear the words our hearts are saying. We are praying for our children. Keep them from the powers of evil, From the secret, hidden peril.

Father, hear us for our children. From the worldling’s hollow gladness, From the sting of faithless sadness, Father, Father, keep our children.

Through life’s troubled waters steer them. Through life’s bitter battles cheer them. Father, Father, be thou near them. And wherever they may bide, Lead them home at eventide.” – Amy Carmichael

God’s Word: “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” – Proverbs 22:6

By Peter Kennedy, Copyright 2002, Devotional E-Mail DEVOTIONS IN 1&2 SAMUEL, 1&2 KINGS, AND 1&2 CHRONICLES pkennedy@devotional.com

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