22:6

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."

Mother Daughter Portrait

Testimonies
about blessed
experiences
with the
children of 
22:6

Adult disciple making volunteers

who work with the children of

22:6 will probably tell you that 

all of us learn as much from the children

as the children do from us---maybe more

on some days. The Bible teaches

that children often lead us and 

Jesus taught that we adults must 

have the humility of children to enter 

heaven (Matthew 18:3, Matthew  19:14)      Here are some real life experiences  with the children who participate in 22:6 that illustrate that. (Names have been altered for privacy)

One Sunday morning, a 22:6 volunteer disciple maker wanted to

teach AJ, a small boy how to tithe. He gave AJ a dollar and said, 10 cents of this you should give to God and you can keep

the 90 cents. The boy took the 10 cents for himself and put the 90 cents in the offering plate.  What if we big people gave like that?

Winnie's grandmother gave her $30. After Wednesday night Bible study, 22:6 took the kids to McDonalds's as a reward for doing well in their Bible studies that night. Outside, Winnie saw an weathered looking, old man sitting on the ground outside the door outside McDonald's. She went over and gave him $5. (To a child that's like $100 for us.)

The 22:6 van was broken so the kids were told they would have to find churches near their homes until the van was fixed. Two 12 year old pre-teen boys had been introduced to a church by 22:6. But it was about two miles from their house. They still walked there for weeks. It shows how devoted children can be when they feel loved.  the youth leader was supportive of them you see. They kept going to the church and one is till there. Both say they are Christians. 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. 

During a home Bible study visit, a volunteer was touched when a small girl, about seven years old, said, "Without you I would not know about God."

Winners:
Boys earn vests in Royal Ambassadors
Boys Club for learning Bible verses

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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.

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The McGrath children are not members of 22:6 but their parents support the program.  The children remembered that a 22:6  team leader often greets them with "God bless you!" So one day, they gave him this cool clip art. Many of the children participating in 22:6 are taught to greet others with "God bless you". See, children, it pays to give Christian greetings!

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This drawing was created by

Quinterria Lee, a  child participant in the

church rides program..

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Children learn to live out gospel by sharing Jesus' love through "spiritual gift giving project

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On Sunday, February 13,  2022, after attending Sunday School and  church service at Trinity Baptist, children involved with 22:6 visited the Courtyard, a local nursing facility and handed out "spiritual gifts".  The gifts were prayers, songs and other inspirational acts. They were gift wrapped beautifully by Mrs. Vickie Massengil. 

The point of the outreach was to teach children how to live out the gospel in the real world by loving others and sharing Jesus with them through prayers and song as well.  Pray for future outreaches. Pray for 22:6 to be used to help teach children to become active. obedient disciples of Jesus.

The residents loved the visit and their smiles gave proof of that.  After the visit the children were asked what they learned and they generally said they learned that their visit made the people they met happy. When asked if they wanted to do it again, one enthusiastic small boy asked if he could do it next week! Praise God. Ah, out of the mouths of babes...

Highlights from 2021
 

"You taught me about Jesus!" 
--Treasure Williams

Summer Basketball
Bible Study
Camp, August 2021  

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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 and gave out 47 on the street and in nursing homes.  They were supervised by a 22:6 Adult Volunteer Disciple Maker. (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.

Texas Outreach:
22:6 reaches out with 
witnessing trip to Waskom, 
Texas
 

Sunset in the Woods

 

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
 

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 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 
prize

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

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  "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 

Trinity Baptist

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Lesson 4A:
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."

--Shardarious

"Leviticus 18:22 says man should not have sex with

another man." 

--Jay,  a participant in 22:6 Street ministry

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"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

Love your neighbor?

   

Wear A Mask

Suggestion box:

Got an idea or suggestion on how to

reach more kids for Christ? Or just

want to share a suggestion in general?

Send it to edharvardstreet@aol.com.

Love to hear feeback. 

Teen Talks About Going On His Church's Mission

Trip to 

Colorado

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In Summer of 2019, 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."

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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.

Thanks to 

these kind 

donors:

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

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Prayer requests:

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.

(John 3:16)

We need your

support. Call

1-318-623-2466

District Eight and Couple 

donate Teddy Bears to 

kids and they're a big 

hit

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.