Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, greetings in the most matchless name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
In the Holy Scriptures, we have seen many instances where God has transformed a life of shame into a life of blessing.
Rachel, a very beautiful woman, was very much loved by Jacob her husband. Yet, she had a certain emptiness in her life as her husband’s love was not enough for her. She was in sorrow as she was barren, and unable to conceive. Genesis 30:1-2 “Now when Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister, and said to Jacob, “Give me children, or else I die!” And Jacob’s anger was aroused against Rachel, and he said, “Am I in the place of God, who has withheld from you the fruit of the womb?”
During one of their arguments, Jacob angrily asked Rachel whether he was in God’s place, due to which she was unable to conceive. Her husband could not deliver her from her sorrow or the shame she was facing for not being able to bear a child, but God saw her shame and delivered her out of it. Genesis 30:23-24 “And she conceived and bore a son, and said, “God has taken away my reproach.” So she called his name Joseph, and said, “The Lord shall add to me another son.” God blessed Rachel with a son and took away the shame from her life.
The devil has a most preferred weapon, namely ‘shame,’ which he uses against all mankind. He uses ‘shame’ as a sword to create a barrier between us and our Heavenly Father. He forgets one thing though, viz. that over two thousand years ago, Jesus crushed him on the Cross of Calvary, and gave victory to all those who believed in Him. Hence, we should use this weapon to boomerang onto the evil one, and instead show him how strong our faith in our Lord God really is. Our faith in God must be steadfast at such crucial times in our lives, and only then can He work His wonders in our lives.
Always remember to carry your every sorrow, pain, sickness, sin, and shame to the ‘Cross of Calvary’ – for that is where transformation and salvation of our lives abide.
Till we meet again.
Pastor Saroja M
Praise the Lord. My annual medical was conducted and at that time the reports were miserable. Most of my parameters were high and erratic, i.e. blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, weight etc. I informed Pastor about this, and she advised me appropriately, telling me not to worry. I obeyed her advise and did likewise. After a few months, by God’s grace I was privileged to do an extensive medical check-up. All glory and honour to Lord Jesus who heard Pastor Saroja’s prayers – all my reports were now normal. Thank you, Jesus.
Sis. June Anchan, Mumbai, Maharashtra.
Praise the Lord. The day I left home for offshore work I was perfectly all right. The next day, all of sudden I developed a very bad cough and experienced terrible pain in my right arm; I was worried, for the next day I had to depart for the rig from the hotel. I just prayed and applied prayer oil. Instantly God healed me. I was very happy experiencing this miracle done by Lord JESUS through the Prayer oil. I give all glory to GOD for His miraculous touch. I thank our dear Pastor Saroja for praying for the blessed oil.
Bro. Lancelot Lobo, Mumbai, Maharashtra.
Praise the Lord. Weekly RT-PCR and Antigen tests were conducted for employees in my company. During one such test, I tested positive for Covid-19 and was told to isolate myself at home. I was quite worried about myself and my family. I called our dear Pastor who told me to self-isolate and also gave me some advice. During the isolation time, I had a few symptoms like cough, cold, breathing difficulty, and headaches. But due to the Lord’s mercy and our dear Pastor Saroja’s prayers and advise, I recovered from Covid without being hospitalised, and have also resumed back to my work by testing negative twice. I am also able to attend Church now. Also, during this period, I got my full salary in hand without any deductions. I give all glory, honour, and praise to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, for it was by His grace and mercy alone that I recovered from such a terrible disease. I would like to thank our dear Pastor Saroja. It was due to her fervent prayers and advise that I and my family are safe till now. Thank You, Jesus.
Bro. Obed Roberts, Mumbai, Maharashtra.
Praise the Lord! Last year we had a very important project for the brand I am in charge of. I called Pastor Saroja and requested her prayers for this project, as it was a large project and I needed God’s assistance for all to go well. During the project, I felt God’s help every step of the way. I felt He gave me a lot of wisdom to run the project, and even in difficult situations, he gave me the confidence to make tough decisions, that I would otherwise not have been able to make. By the end of 2021, the project that I was responsible for was the most successful one in my company, and my company sales grew by over 100%. As the Word says, we can ready our horse for the battle – but victory comes only from the Lord. I thank our dear Pastor very much for her prayers and counsel during this time. All glory and thanks to our dear Lord Jesus for answering her prayers and helping me along the way, by blessing the project with so much success. Thank you, Jesus.
Sis. Sandra Daniels, Bangalore, Karnataka.
Praise the Lord. At the beginning of the year, my brother Obed was tested Covid positive and was quarantined at home. Due to this, I too had to self-isolate myself and be quarantined for the stipulated time. Though my office had the facility of work-from-home, it was that time of the month when we had our monthly finance closures and deadlines. My dear Lord Jesus helped me to complete all my office work, as well as to manage my household tasks smoothly. Most importantly, I tested negative, and was so joyful and grateful to Jesus to be able to attend the Sunday Church Service after the stipulated time; and I was grateful to the Lord for lifting me up to sing praises and play the organ to glorify His name. All glory, honour, and praise to my dear Lord Jesus for covering me with His precious blood, strengthening me, and keeping me safe and fine during this time. I would especially like to thank my dear Pastor Saroja for always keeping me in her prayers, and for the precious advice and counsel she gives me. Thank You Jesus!
Sis. Evangela Roberts, Mumbai, Maharashtra.
Next, a peasant walked by, heading home with his arms full of food for his family. When he noticed the boulder, he put down his groceries and attempted to move it out of everyone’s way. It took him a while to move it, but he eventually succeeded.
When the peasant gathered up his groceries to carry on home, he noticed a bag lying in the middle of the road, just where the boulder once was. He opened the bag to find that it was fully stuffed with gold coins, along with a letter from the king saying that the gold was a reward to keep, for whoever removed the boulder. This was an incentive for taking the time and energy to move the boulder out of the road for the convenience of others who travelled on the road.
Every obstacle we face offers an opportunity to improve. If we are able to push through moments that are challenging, we may end up being much better off than we were, before we even started trying.
For the word says in Colossians 3:23-24 “And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.”
2 Chronicles 20:12 “O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee.”
When we have problems, pain, and sorrow, we become fearful. We forget what we need to do in such circumstances. Particularly during these sorrowful times, we do not get sleep at night. In the Bible, we see that King Jehoshaphat also faced such a time in his life. Fear gripped him, and he began imagining that his country would have to surrender to the enemies that attacked them. Extreme thoughts began to worry him, and made him fearful. He worried that his wives would be captured, his daughters taken into bondage, and that everything would be lost. 2 Chronicles 20:3 “And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.” Due to this fear, the king proclaimed a fast throughout all of Judah, deciding that he and his people would seek the Lord.
A similar fear grips us sometimes when we think that our beloved family is in a problem. If they have nothing to eat and drink, or are in danger, we too do not sleep at night. King Jehoshaphat feared all of these things when the enemy attacked his country; so, in fear, he proclaimed a fast throughout all the land. Judah then set themselves to seek the Lord. We know that our good God hears our prayers, especially when we are in dire circumstances. Likewise, God heard their prayers and gave them victory over the enemy, thereby restoring King Jehoshaphat’s peace.
In each of our lives, we face fearful situations, but at that time our focus must remain upon God, from whom comes our help. Psalm 121:1-2 “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.” Yes, our help comes from the Lord God who made heaven and earth. When we are sick, however much we take medicines or even treatment, the doctor has limitations in healing us. Finally, we have to look to God for our complete healing. Hence our focus must only be upon God. Even if we do not know to pray, we can still praise God. We can listen to praise and worship songs. When we praise God, He delivers us from all our fears. 2 Chronicles 20:22 “And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.” King Jehoshaphat appointed singers to praise and worship the Lord, while on the other hand, he prepared his army to face the enemies.
We know that God dwells amongst the praises of His people. When fear gripped King Jehoshaphat, on the one hand, he organized people to praise and worship the Lord; while on the other hand, he prepared the army to face the enemies. So, when the people praised and worshipped the Lord, He descended upon the battleground and gave Judah victory from the hands of the enemies. If this fear gripped King Jehoshaphat, who are we? We are ordinary people. We have no one to support us or help us. The King had all the people of the kingdom to support him when in fear, but who do we have? No one but God.
2 Chronicles 20:24 “And when Judah came toward the watch tower in the wilderness, they looked unto the multitude, and, behold, they were dead bodies fallen to the earth, and none escaped.” Here we see that, of the army that came to fight King Jehoshaphat, no one escaped, for all died! Hallelujah! It is God who fought their fight. When we truly call upon God, He will come and lift us out of all our troubles. When people harass us, or when sickness attacks us, or when the devil brings great enemies to fight against us, we too must remember the learning from this episode in King Jehoshaphat’s life. Note that not a single enemy escaped – all were destroyed. Hence, we must never be discouraged. Remember that our help comes from the Lord who created heaven and earth.
Never please the men of this world. Instead, put your complete hope and trust in God alone. He will fight our every battle. But as mere human beings, we are immediately gripped with fear when the enemy tries to create havoc in our lives. Once, while travelling to Rajasthan, I got a phone call at 2 a.m. from a brother whose child was crying profusely. They had tried everything, but there was no respite. Since the child was crying continuously, the family now called me, as fear had gripped them. They thought of informing me, their Pastor, so that I would pray for the child, and their child would stop crying. My only advise to them was to put a few drops of prayer oil in a little warm water and feed it to the child. Once the parents adhered to this advise and gave the child the prayer oil, the child slept immediately and peacefully. In our lives, we must remember that in times of trouble we have only God to rescue us from any problems. Just as King Jehoshaphat was delivered from his enemies, the same God is alive even today to hear our praises and worship and to hear our prayers. Hence, put your faith and trust in God alone.
During a Chennai prayer meeting, there was a Hindu family who attended. The man of the house had worked in Dubai for several years, after which he built a house in Chennai and settled down. The neighbours envied the prosperity of this family. They put his family into bondage by performing witchcraft on them. Being Hindus, this family visited witchcraft practitioners and found out through them that one of their neighbours had put them into bondage. This family had read the banners of our prayer meeting that were displayed all around in that area, so they attended our prayer meeting. When they met me, they disclosed everything to me, and I prayed over them, and gave them a Bible. I told them to read the Gospels of Mathew, Mark, Luke, and John. I told them that when they would read these books of the Bible, they would realize that our Lord Jesus Christ did mighty works in the lives of people who suffered in this world. He brought many out of bondage and darkness and gave victory from all works of the devil. I assured them that the same God would deliver them out of bondage, and the spell cast over their family would return to the doer of this evil work.
God heard their prayer and cry unto Him, and now they have great peace in their home and family. Imagine the fear that had gripped this family before they had come to the meeting. Our God is a good God. He takes away the fear of people, particularly of those who put their faith and trust in Him. Truly, our God has done a miraculous and mighty work in the life of this family. Our God comes searching for even one soul to be saved. This is the love of God, who encourages us to spread His Word of Truth to mankind.
We know the story of King Saul, the first King of the Israelites. The Spirit of God worked through him, but when God’s anointing came upon David, David won many wars, and jealousy crept its way into King Saul’s heart. The moment jealousy overcame King Saul’s heart, the devil took control of him. The people were joyfully rejoicing and singing ‘Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands.’ This song glorified God, and not man. But jealousy crept into the heart of King Saul and the devil captured his heart. 1 Samuel 18:7-10 “And the women answered one another as they played, and said, Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands. And Saul was very wroth, and the saying displeased him; and he said, They have ascribed unto David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed but thousands: and what can he have more but the kingdom? And Saul eyed David from that day and forward. And it came to pass on the morrow, that the evil spirit from God came upon Saul, and he prophesied in the midst of the house: and David played with his hand, as at other times: and there was a javelin in Saul’s hand.” The people sang praises and glorified God. But King Saul was jealous, and God watched this. The very next day, an evil spirit sent by God came upon Saul. Why did this happen? Because of jealousy.
Whatever be the plans made by the devil against the children of God, they will never prosper. Isaiah 54:17 “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.” No weapon formed against the children of God will ever prosper, for their faith and trust are in God alone. During times of fear and sorrow, we do not get sleep at night; we are restless and gripped with fear. Our faith and trust must be in God, for we can only get our peace and victory in God alone. Jealousy brings many losses in our lives, and we should never allow it to creep into our lives.
Another obstacle in our life is murmuring. When we face little problems and hardships, we begin to murmur and blame one another. We blame God for our problems; mother-in-law vs. daughter-in-law problems, mother vs. father problems, children vs. parent problems, etc. Imagine if all homes have people like Ruth and Naomi. How blessed that home will be! In some homes, even the mother-daughter relationship is not worthy to mention. This is all the work of the devil. The devil will always point a finger at God’s people. The word says in Luke 22:3 “Then entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve.” Here we see, Judas was one of the twelve chosen disciples, yet, the instant Judas murmured, Satan entered his life. Many of us are like Judas. We know who Jesus Christ is, yet we murmur. People still do not know Jesus’ strength and might, and how much He loves us. Judas was a chosen one. He was one amongst the twelve disciples. But the moment he murmured against Jesus; sin (Satan) entered into his life instantly.
Revelation 12:11 “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” How did the saints overcome the evil of jealousy and murmuring? By the blood of the Lamb. Every evil work of jealousy and murmuring can be defeated by the blood of Jesus. The work of the devil is to make us naked.
Remember the story of the man from Jerusalem, who was travelling to Jericho, a cursed place? While travelling, he was caught by thieves who stripped him of his clothes, robbed and beat him. They went away, leaving him half dead. The thieves bruised him and left him bleeding on the wayside. But our Jesus Christ comes for such people. Our God lifted him up, cleaned up his wounds, applied salve over them, and left him in His children’s hands to be cared for. He also said to the innkeeper ‘Take care of him till I come; keep the money, and if you require, spend more, and I will give it to you when I return.’ There is no other God like our God, there is none like Him.
Today, we need not give him any sacrifice for our sins, for God has sacrificed His Son for us. By His Blood, we are saved. We are delivered by His blood alone. We have won our every battle against the devil, by the blood of Jesus. When God is in our midst, the devil is hovering nearby, watching over us, even as our God is watching us. Our God has not left us to bleed to death, rather He has washed our wounds, nursed us, and kept us under the charge of a caretaker.
Psalm 122:1 “I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.” The psalmist says that he was glad when the people said to him ‘let us go into the temple of God,’ for it is in God’s temple that we meet God, and receive His Word; where we may praise and worship God, and congregate along with the children of God. Hence, David was glad when they said ‘let us go into the house of the Lord.’ We too must come into the house of the Lord rejoicing, with happiness. Trials and tribulations visit every family and all people are inflicted by them. There is no house that does not have a door, likewise, there is no life without problems. But when our faith and trust are in God, we will have peace within us.
The same fear and fright visited Prophet Jonah in Jonah 2:2 “And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice.” Jonah was trapped in the belly of a giant fish. Imagine what would happen to us if we were trapped in the belly of a fish? What a difficult situation it would be for us! From here, Jonah cried out to the Lord. Jonah 2:1-8 “Then Jonah prayed unto the LORD his God out of the fish’s belly. And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice. For thou hadst cast me into the deep, in the midst of the seas; and the floods compassed me about: all thy billows and thy waves passed over me. Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again toward thy holy temple. The waters compassed me about, even to the soul: the depth closed me round about, the weeds were wrapped about my head. I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever: yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O LORD my God. When my soul fainted within me I remembered the LORD: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple. They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.”
Surely, this was the most difficult place to be, and it is from here that Jonah cried out to the Lord. He then took a firm decision. Jonah 2:9-10 “But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD. And the LORD spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.”
Immediately, God heard Jonah’s plea, and He commanded the fish to release him. This had been the most trying time for Jonah, but even at this moment, his focus was stayed on God alone. From the belly of the fish, Jonah cried out to the Lord, and God heard his prayer. God ordered the fish to vomit Jonah out on dry land. If the fish had vomited Jonah in the sea, other fish could have eaten him, or he could have drowned; but God was considerate and kind to Jonah. Jonah was saved from the belly of the fish because he asked for forgiveness and vowed to go to the country that God had earlier commanded him to go to.
We have learnt of how fear gripped King Jehoshaphat when the enemy’s armies surrounded his territory.
King Saul was the first King of Israel, and we saw how the evil spirit entered him when jealousy entered his heart when the people marvelled at David’s deeds.
Judas murmured and immediately evil entered his life.
We have also seen the disobedience of Jonah – how it took him into the belly of the fish, from where Jonah had to ask for forgiveness from God, whereafter He was delivered.
In all of these examples, we have seen that our lives are worthy for nothing. Our God is the answer to all our prayers, to save us from sins, sickness, jealousy, murmuring, disobedience, etc. When we put our faith in God, He will save us from any form of trouble. That is why David was glad when the people said ‘Let us go into the house of the Lord.’ It was here that David would meet God and receive His Word, it was here David would get deliverance. In our lives too, we could be in a situation similar to Jonah – in darkness, pain, and sorrow. But when we cry out to our Lord with a true heart, He will rescue us. Hebrews 13:15 “By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.”
Jonah disobeyed God, so God sent a storm into the sea. Jonah begged the people to throw him into the sea and save themselves from the plight of the storm. Jonah was a prophet, a servant of God, and he had not sinned by lying, committing adultery, or stealing. He disobeyed God. God had asked him to go to Nineveh, but he went to Tarshish instead. Because of this disobedience, God punished him.
Not just Jonah, we too can get the same punishment. This episode is recorded in the Bible so that we servants of God remain in His fear. We must be His faithful servants and do only according to His will and plan. Jesus travelled miles to heal the sick man who lay at the Bethesda Pond for 38 years. Likewise, I do not know why Lord brings me to far-flung places time and again, but I do know that God loves the families in such places very much, for God has great plans for His people.
When the Israelites were in bondage in Egypt, they cried out to the Lord to deliver them. God heard them and lifted up Moses. He sent Moses as a deliverer to bring them out of bondage. The devil planned that all Israelite male children would be killed, and that no Israeli woman would give birth to a male child. But the works of our true Lord prevailed, and God used the Hebrew mid-wives to save all the male children. Moses was one such child saved by the Hebrew midwives. He grew up to take the fight forward, as promised by God. God’s will and plan prospered, and Moses brought all those in bondage out of Egypt.
No one can change God’s plan for us. Many years later, kings, priests, and prophets came, but no one could deliver the people from bondage and sins. Finally, God sent his only son Jesus into this world. Even at that time, the devil planned to kill all male children below two years. This decree was passed by King Herod. Yet again, the will and plan of God prevailed, and no one could stop the birth of Jesus Christ and His work in this world. Jesus fought evil till the end and crushed the head of the devil under his feet at the Cross of Calvary. Surely, God’s thoughts for us are mighty. The devil too knows every plan of God for us. Through trials and tribulations, the devil tries to bring hardships into our lives, but God loves us and keeps a watch upon us, and He finally gives us victory.
Praise is performed in two manners – One, in good times when we are happy, and another, in bad times when we are sad and troubled. When we are happy and praise God, that praise does not have as much importance as when we praise God in our troubled times. David says in Psalm 34:1 “I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.” I will praise God at all times, in good, and even in not-so-good times! When we are with the family, when we are alone, when in trouble, when in pain, or when in adversity, we should praise God at all times.
Job was a wealthy man with a good family and an abundance of everything. One day adversity struck him and his family, yet Job glorified God. Job 1:21 “And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.” This is the sacrifice of praise that Job gave to God in times of adversity. However, in our lives, when adversity strikes, we forget our God, and our faith is shaken. The Bible says that we can gain nothing without faith – strong faith in the Lord God. In the end, because of Job’s faith in God, the Lord blessed Job twice as much. Job 42:12-16 “So the LORD blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels, and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses. He had also seven sons and three daughters. And he called the name of the first, Jemima; and the name of the second, Kezia; and the name of the third, Kerenhappuch. And in all the land were no women found so fair as the daughters of Job: and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren. After this lived Job an hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons’ sons, even four generations.” Job saw happiness for four generations after this.
Always keep in mind that God will give us only that much trouble that each one of us can bear. There was a man who cried out to God in his dream, saying, ‘I would live to carry your Cross and walk my life with you.’ His wish was granted. While carrying the Cross, he had to face a high mountain, and he thought that if he carried the Cross across the high mountain, all his troubles would end. While crossing the mountain, he met a carpenter. The carpenter asked him, ‘Why are you carrying such a big Cross? I will cut and rectify it and make it smaller so that it will be easier to carry.’ The man handed over the Cross to the carpenter, and he cut it smaller. He then carried the ‘lighter’ Cross again, and proceeded on his journey. He then came upon a river, where he realized that all those who had carried the Cross earlier, had used the Cross as a bridge to help them walk over the river. But now that his Cross was shortened, he could not cross the river.
Always believe that God does everything for the best in our lives.
God knows our future and He holds our future. God gave the man the right size of Cross that he would require to cross the river. But the man used his foolish wisdom and cut it small. God knows each one’s capability and He gives us only that much sorrow and pain that we can bear. God gives us a Cross to reach the other side, viz. the Promised Land. We should pray and sing praises to the Lord and be focused on Him alone. This alone will bring victory into our lives.
May this message be a blessing in our lives,
Pastor Saroja M.
Praise the Lord everyone and wishes and prayers that all are safe and sound by God’s grace!
Slowly but surely, normalcy is coming back! The Covid numbers have decreased to quite a level. People have been vaccinated in large numbers, and schools have opened up, which is a major comeback sign! Travel, celebrations, etc., have all opened up on a large scale. I guess people have learned how to survive this storm. However, all said and done, it is very important to take all precautions so that all of us continue to be safe and healthy, especially our elders and children!
The Lord has been very kind to all our residents at the Rose of Sharon Old Age Home. All of them seem unaware of the chaos around them and are leading peaceful lives. All glory to God for keeping each one of them in good health, and may our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ continue to take care of them and all their needs.
Do continue to pray for all our residents, and take care of yourselves.
Pastor Saroja M
Praise the Lord!
As schools have now reopened and daily routine activities are coming back to normal, we are glad to have our children back to Sunday School; and the children also, are extremely happy and overjoyed to gather together and praise God.
We began by having a general class wherein the kids from senior and junior class gathered together and enjoyed singing and dancing to the Sunday School songs and praising God. They started by having a warm-up exercise, singing and performing actions for their favorite song, “Head and shoulders, knees and toes – they all belong to Jesus.”
Post worship, they were told a short story on obedience. Through, this story, the kids realized why it is important to obey elders.
We thank our Almighty Lord for protecting each of our Sunday School kids with good health throughout the pandemic. As they have been taught the word of God in this tender age, we pray that they learn and grow to become mighty instruments for God’s work in the days to come.