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Bringing children to Christ and Christ to children.
"What does 22:6 mean?" That question is the one that comes up most often. It is based on Proverbs 22:6 which says: "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it."
Good, Caring Sunday School Teachers Draw Children to Churches
Jonathan, Mary and Peggy of Trinity Baptist in Natchitoches, Louisiana have been instrumental in helping children like Ryndell feel at home. Trinity is very popular with children who otherwise would not be able to go to church. There are many other churches that also welcome children and put energy into helping them learn about God. Pray for these churches---that we will find more wherever God sends us. And pray for more resources to bring more children into them so they can be a part of the body of Christ. Pray as well that their families will join them.
22:6 gives children rides to church. But it is God who orchestrates whether or not they will be drawn into the church and become Christians. The Bible makes it clear that it is God who gives the increase. He uses many methods and various people to accomplish this soul-saving work. One of his tools is a good Sunday School staffed with capable, caring teachers. It is clear that kids choose churches based on how they feel about the congregation and particularly the Sunday School staff. In fact, even when a child is no longer being taken to church by the 22:6 van, many will continue to attend church and some become members. Children usually don't care about the racial makeup or class of the church. They seem to base their decisions on how the chuch makes them feel. In fact, many children choose churches that are very different from their neighborhoods. And sometimes of course, they choose churches that are in their neighborhood. But the thing that keeps them coming back is feeling loved. Thanks teachers.
Six Kids Baptized
God is blessing the children of 22:6 in 2023. He blessed us last year too, just before Christmas. We got special gifts: 9 children confessed Jesus as savior and lord. Six of those were baptized at Friendship Baptist. What a Christmas gift! Here are other highlights. Praise God!
This dad and his son participate
in the 22:6 Home Bible Study ministry
in which a 22:6 Bible coach studies
the Bible with a parent and child
in their home. The parent must be
present. Several participate in the
lessons. This encourages family
Bible study in the home. Pray
that more homes will allow
22:6 to be used to bring
the Word of God into homes.
There is an old saying,
"the family that prays
together, stays together."
Donald and his brother JaMichael enjoy
their reward of a snack at McDonald's.
Their older sister encourages them.
Donald, JaMichael and Karmajay won Jackets for memorizing Bible verses. They are participants in 22:6 and attend Royal Ambassador's Boy's Club, a Christian Bible club. They meet Wednesdays at 6pm at Trinity Baptist. Praise God! Pray for their continued spiritual growth.
Children visited nursing homes (after Covid 19). They gave away "spiritual gifts" such as prayers and songs to; the residents. Several children asked to do it again. The patients loved interacting with the children. Seen here is Adult Volunteer Mary and several adult volunteers outside a nursing facility on Keyser in Nachitoches, Louisiana.
A second team of boys who learned Bible verses fill up at the drink station before getting their Happy Meals.
We recite Bible verses in the van on the way to church. When children memorize one and can tell what the verse means, they win at McDonalds prize. One boy reminded the driver that he forgot to do verses. Before the verse project, children listened to music or played noisly. But the verses create harmony among them and the spirit in the van is just better. Praise God!
22:6 started a nursing home visitation program before Covid. This year, 2022, we continued visiting when Covid restrictions were lifted. After a visit, a volunteer asked kids if they would like to visit again once a month. One boy said, "I want to go next week! Other kids agreed.
At church, one teenager who had been having trouble making good choices and fitting in with his peers in a good way, went to church one Sunday. He then volunteered to assist in helping with the younger kids and so far is doing that. Sometimes giving a child responsibility can make a difference. Pray for him and other kids who are having trouble adjusting. Who isn't having some issue or another?
This drawing was created by
Quinterria Lee, a child participant in the
church rides program..
"You taught me about Jesus!"
Left to Right: Treasure Williams hugs her grandma. She participated in 22:6 and now lives in New Orleans. She was shopping in a store when she saw a 22:6 Adult Volunteer who had worked with her. She smiled broadly, hugged the volunteer and said, "You taught me about Jesus!" (Upper photos): Members of "I Help" Youth Program teach children to pray at 22:6 Summer Bible Study/Basketball Camp at
the Martin Luther King Jr. Center. (Bottom left): 22:6 members Pooh and DJ display Bibles they gave out. This year, children learned to give out Bibles. Sunday school teachers pose with children from 22:6 who attended their classes. (left) Two children happily display prizes they won for learning their Bible lesson well. (Left bottom) 22:6 and members of Trinity Baptist sing Christmas Carols at homes of people in the community. (Bottom right) Two weary girl singers at Christmas caroling outreach.
22:6 reaches out with
witnessing trip to Waskom,
On May 21, 2021 , a team leader took a
22 :6 mission trip to the woodsy East Texas town of Waskom. Waskom is a small town of just over 2,000 residents, just over the Texas border. Billboards promoting pro-life messages greet visitors. It's a place with a pro-Christ spirit. The trip was a success and the residents of the town received the outreach very well.
The team leader prayed with people on the street and gave spiritual toys such as religious coloring books to children. Several people had prayer requests. Two men in an 18 wheeler were particularly grateful and expressed thanks that 22:6 was on the street witnessing. Praise God.
Pray for future witnessing trips to Texas and other states outside Louisiana. Pray that we will reach more children, parents and adults with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Children in 22:6 are learning how to witness to others and distribute God's Word: The Holy Bible
One bright summer Sunday morning after Sunday School, 22:6 Discipleship Team Member "Pooh" (Tamara) gives a small New Testament to a lady. (Photography by Kevin Walker)
22:6 Discipleship Team Members Pooh and D.J. show Bibles they are giving away in order to tell others about Jesus and his gift of salvation. The children are part of a six member team that are being trained in discipleship. Pray for them.
Lesson 3A: How to witness in Spanish:
Why? Jesus wants us to spread the Gospel to everyone in the world so they can have an opportunity to be saved and go to heaven. Here are a few phrases in Spanish to use that will help you reach out to Hispanics:
Dios Te Bendiga means "God bless you."
Dios (say day-os) means God
Te (say Tay) means you
Bendiga means blessings (say ben ding ga)
Jesus te ama means "Jesus loves you."
Jesus (say hay zoos) means Jesus
te (say tay) means you
Ama (say am ma) means love.
Help us teach
more children about Jesus!
Donate to 22:6
Your donation is tax-deductible. Most important, you will help 22:6 reach many children who are in need of help to get to church or just have someone come to them and teach them God's Word. Make your check out to: "22:6 Children's Ministries" Send it to 22:6 Children's Ministries, 218 Second Street, Natchitoches, LA 71457. God bless you! Pray for unchurched children everywhere (John 14:6, Proverbs 22:6).
Lesson 1A Bible Facts:
There are four gospels in the New Testament. They are Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.
The Bible has 66 Books. There are 39 Old Testament books and 27 New Testament Books.
The Bible is the best selling book of all time. Not even Harry Potter books have sold more.
The Bible has two main parts. The Old Testament tells what happened before Jesus came to Earth. It is about how God created the world and how sin entered the world.
The second part is the New Testament. It tells of the birth of Jesus and what happened in his time on Earth. It also tells that God sent him to die for the sins of mankind. Whoever believes in Jesus and accepts him as their savior and lord, (decide to let him lead them) is saved (John 3:16, Romans 10:9-10). The New Testament tells about how the world will end and how Christians will live forever with God in heaven, while nonbelievers will live in hell. Because we do not want to see anyone go to hell, we are told to tell them about Jesus (Read Matthew 28:19-20).
Tell this to a 22:6 Team Leader and win a prize.
Lesson 2A: Memorize these verses and win a
Verse 1: For God so loved the world, he gave his only begotten Son that whosever believes in him shall not perish but shall receive eternal life. --John 3:16
Meaning: This means that God loved the world so much, he wanted everyone to be able to go to heaven. So he made it so those who believe that Jesus is God's Son, and who admit they are sinners, then ask Jesus to forgive them will be saved. But they must ask Jesus to be their savior and lord.
Tell a team leader this verse when you see one.
Verse #2: "I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father, except through me. (Jesus speaking in John 14:6).
Meaning: Jesus is clearly saying that the only way a person can get to heaven is by believing in him and accepting him as their savior and lord.
Tell a team leader this verse when you see him or her.
Children tell what they have learned as result of being in 22:6 and going to church
"In 22:6 I memorized John 3:16. It taught me about Jesus's purpose."
-Tony Arnold, former teen in 22:6, now 18 and attending Norhwestern State University, majoring in Communications.
"I learned that you don't have to be special to go to heaven. You only need to believe in Jesus."
--Gabby, while attending Christ
the King Lutheran
"I learned you should not act up in church. It's God's house." --Kaniya, while attending
Memorize this Prayer:
Praying is very important. It is a major way we talk to God. When we pray to God in Jesus' name, he hears us. In fact, Jesus said that when we pray and believe, he will receive what we ask for (Mark 11:22-24). But of course we cannot ask for evil things. Here is the prayer Jesus himself asked us to pray. We should pray it daily. Every morning when you get up is the best time because it affects your whole day. It is known as the Lord's Prayer. It is found in the New Testament in Matthew Chapter 6, verses 9-13.
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your will be done. On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts. As we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
Tell this to team leader and get a prize.
"I learned you are supposed to wait until you get married to have sex."
"Leviticus 18:22 says man should not have sex with
--Jay, a participant in 22:6 Street ministry
"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
Children and team leaders after a basketball/Bible study at a gym. Photo: Kevin Walker
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"I liked being able to help the homeless feel better about themselves and making them feel respected." -Ashton talking about a mission trip to Colorado with 1st Baptist, 2nd Street
, "I liked being able to help the homeless feel better about themselves and helping them feel respected."
Freedom Life Church tutors
children in Carter's Trailer Park
In 2016, Freedom Life Church generously and lovingly "adopted" 12 children that 22:6 was ministering to in Carter's Trailer Park. The church has taken these chidren to church and held feeding programs in the park.
Now, they have gone a step further in order to present Christ's love to kids. They are helping them with their homework. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, church members help tutor children. After the studying, the church members give a short, five minute biblical devotion They have 12 children participating so far. Pray for them. Pray that all the children will become Christians.
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.
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 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.