Helping Bring Children to Christ and Christ to Children.
In 2019 we saw God do new things. We believe he blessed us and challenged us to do more to reach and teach children about Jesus. A few highlights:
A 22:6 discipleship team was created. Six children did four visits to nursing homes in Natchitoches, Louisiana in 2019. Pray for them in 2020. They are Gabby, David, Justin, Karmajay, Kirsten and Pooh.
Ashton and Dequalin, two 22:6 teens (15 years old each) went on mission trips with their church, First Baptist, 2nd trip. Ashton went on an out of state trip to Colorado. The team consisted of youth in the Youth Department at the church, led by Pastor Mike McGrath. They served the homeless.
Home Bible Study became more of a street ministry in which a team leader began to work with children who hang out at the basketball court at Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Trudeau Street. The children are given snacks when they can remember a lesson point. Additionally, five children had Bible study in their home with a parent present each time (a requirement). 76 children were served throuh Home Bible Study/Street Ministry in 2019.
In 2016, 22:6 introduced 12 children to Freedom Life, Natchitoches, LA. The church "spiritually adopted" the children, picking them up for church and integrating them into their church. The children were even in the Christmas play in 2019. Praise God! Now the church has increased the number of children reached to 20. Again, Praise God! The church rides ministry took 39 children to church in 2019.
22:6 has helped children get rides to church 50 weeks of 54 in 2019. When there was no 22:6 van in operating order, Roger Federer and his girlfriend Mary volunteered to take the children to church. Thanks to both of them!
Christopher and Rebecca Meyer donated a used truck which is being used to help children get to church. Pray for more transportation blessings so we can help more children who can't get to church, get there.
During VBS (Vacation Bible School) 22:6 helped 19 children get to VBS at First Baptist, 2nd Street and Trinity Baptist.
Chrismas of 2019 Trinity Baptist and the Sherrif's Office donated 39 toys to children indentified by 22:6. Praise God!
Christmas is over. Many people think of it as just a one day event. But it is something that affects every day of a believer's life. But let's face it--- many children think that Christmas is about getting toys. While it is good to get toys for Christmas, we received a much better gift, not from Santa but from Jesus. He gave us the only way to get to heaven:
What do we mean? In the Book of Genesis, Chapters 1 through 3 you will find the story of the creation of the world. When God created the world he created the first man and first woman: Adam and Eve. They were given everything they could want. God put them in a beautiful garden and put them in charge. All he asked was that they not to eat the fruit of the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. He warned that if they ate of it they would die (Genesis 2:17).
Unfortunately, Adam and Eve disobeyed God and ate of that fruit. Because they did, it brought sin and death into the world. In fact their disobedience was the first sin. Because God must punish sin, a price had to be paid for their sin. In fact, what should have happened is that they and all of us--their descendants-- should die and go to hell. But God in his loving heart did not want that. So he sent his son, Jesus to pay the price for the sins of all people. In other words, instead of you and me dying, Jesus would die in our place on the cross and that would pay for our sin.
When you see the baby Jesus remember that he came to die so you and I would be able to get to heaven. God did require one very important thing from people. In order to receive this gift of salvation, each person has to believe that Jesus is the Son of God, who died on the cross for our sins. The person must also repent of his or her sins, confess with the mouth that Jesus is God's son and that this person believes in him and allow him to become both savior and Lord of their life. Again, this is something a person must ask Jesus for and sincerely want. The individual must say confess he or she is asinner, he or she must say she or she is sorry for their sins, asking Jesus for forgiveness and finally, allow Jesus to become their savior and Lord. (Read John 3;16 and Romans 10:9-10). This means we are to enter a daily relationship with Jesus in which we allow the Holy Spirit of god to guide us and help us live God's way. Some will tell you that there are many other ways besides Jesus to get to heaven. But be warned: the Holy Bible warns us not to be fooled. Only faith in Jesus can save a person's soul. Non-believers will not go to heaven. Unfortunately, they will go to hell. In fact, in John 14:6, Jesus himself said us that he is the only way to get to heaven. Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the savior except through me." This is why after becoming a Christian, you and I must then tell everyone we love and everyone we know or meet about Jesus and how to be receive his gift of salvation through faith in Him. This is called "discipleship" and we are commanded by Jesus in Matthew 28:19-20 to take the Gospel message of Salvation through faith in Jesus to the entire world---or as much of it that each of us can reach.
are learning in church and in
"I learned that we should love everyone. Even our enemies.
---David, 11 while attending Trinity Baptist
A drawing by Tina, 3rd Grader who goes
to church through 22:6. She wrote: "I love
God and he loves me and everybody else."
Teen Talks About Going On His Church's Mission
"I learned that you don't have to be special to go to heaven. You only need to believe in Jesus."
--Gabby, 9, while attending Christ
the King Lutheran
"I learned that to get to
heaven, you need to believe that Jesus is God's son who died on the cross for our sins and ask him to be your savior."
--Justin, 8, while attending Trinity
This Summer, Ashton, age 15, went to
Colorado where he and other youth
of First Baptist, Second Street in Natchitoches, performed Christian
mission service. Ashton began going
to the church when he participated in 22:6 Church Rides. What a blessing to
see one of our kids serving God! Praise Jesus! Congratulations Ashton, keep
serving God and you will be a blessing
to others and to yourself. But what was it like on the trip? You're 15 and away from home, in Colorado. Ashton spoke about his trip.
He says, "I liked being able to help the homeless feel better about themselves and helping them feel respected."
Ashton then added what he enjoyed most about his experience. He said, I enjoyed interacting with the homeless and making them feel like they are more than just homeless and that they are somebody."
"Leviticus 18:22 says man should not have sex with
--Jay, 10, a participant in 22:6 Street ministry
"I learned you should not act up in church. It's God's house." --Kaniya, 8, while attending
Sunday,August 19, 2019 three children
who are members of the 22:6 Children's
Discipleship Team and a Team
Leader did a discipleship project. They visited the Natchitoches Rehabilitation
Center on Keyser Ave. The residents of this facility or either elderly or in
physical rehabilitation. Many are
lonely. The children prayed for
residents and greeted them
with "God bless yous". The smiles came.
The newly formed discipleship
team's goal is to help children
begin to spread the Christian
Gospel and practice Christian love
and Christian living daily. All
Christians are called to spread
the Gospel so that people who
have not accepted Jesus as
savior and Lord will (Matt 28:19-20).
This is very important because Jesus said that no one can get into heaven
without accepting him as savior
The children said they felt good
after the visit. Some noted the
positive effect their visit had on
the patients. The kids told their
team leader they wanted to
return and at least visit twice a
month if possible. They were told
what they felt in their hearts was
the Holy Spirit of God. Praise God..
Children who have pacipated so far: Gabby, DJ, Kirsten and Karmajae.
"I learned you are supposed to wait until you get married to have sex."
--12 year old Shardarious
"You should not have children without being married. And Jesus died on the cross for our sins and if you believe in him you go to heaven." --Tatiana, 12
Street Ministry participant
Why did we celebrate Christmas?
for 22:6 in 2020
Photo: Kevin Walker
Need help evangelizing to children?
Is your church trying to reach children for Christ? 22:6 wants to help all Bible believing churches do outreach. Call 318-623-2466. God bless you.
Our children love to play. Some go on to be athletes. One boy who attended 22:6 basketball/Bible study went on to play on a high school state championship team. Another won discus events. At least once a year, 22:6 has a basketball and bible study camp to play and teach God's word. Sometimes NSU invites our children to its camps too
IChristopher and Rebecca Meyers, donted a good used truck.
The Squyres Family donate 3 wheel bike
Walt and Sandy Moore And Family
Sonny Evans Family
Mike and Jessica McGrath gave food for 22:6 food pantry
Pray for the family of Katherine "Lucy" White who was slain in 2019. She was grandmother to 12 children who are longtime members of 22:6. They were the kids who suggested the idea of taking children to church. Ms. White supported her grandkids' spiritual education.
Pray for more churches to step forward and help children who have no ways to get to church, but who want to go, get to church.
Lesson 1A: Kids Internet
Bible Club (Small childrens' version)
J is for Jesus, God's
Son and my savior. Jesus died for my sins. When I believe in
Him, I will go to live with God in Heaven forever.
We need your
District Eight and Couple
donate Teddy Bears to
kids and they're a big
District Eight of the Baptist Churches in Natchitoches has donated handmade teddy bears created by a man and his wife who donated them. They are very popular with the children---even small boys.
Bible Puzzle Game:
How to get to Heaven, John 3:16
Read John 3:16 in the New Testament. Then find the hidden words. Bring your answers to a 22:6 session and win a free snack, or email us in the Contact Us section.