A simple game involving an upside-down bike helmet and wadded up pieces of paper (each with various colored letters on them) resulted in the children unscrambling four words: Ministry Is Meeting Needs.
The children then learned about Dr. Perry and Tonya Hancock who minister in Louisiana. Tonya works with the Christian Women's Job Corps whereas Perry is the president of the Louisiana Baptist Children's Home. It was found that they minister to ladies, to children and in all sorts of various ways.
The children were then divided into two groups: boys and girls. Each had different Bible story involving ministry (Matthew 25:31-46; Luke 10:25-37). They were assigned to read it and to find the negative and the positive in the story. The boys told how some failed to minister by not caring for the sick, by not clothing the needy, by not visiting those in prison and so forth. Those that pleased the Lord did these acts of ministry. The girl group reported that one guy once was beaten up! Two guys passed him up. One guy, the good Samaritan, helped him and cared for him.
The children then took a sheet of paper, folded it and wrote their names on the front and on the inside. Then they passed their papers to each other. Each child wrote something encouraging on each of the other notes. You can imagine how thrilled they were to get their own papers back and read all the notes of encouragement. They were learning to minister to one another.
Jesus went about doing good. He ministered in all sorts of places to all sorts of people with all sorts of needs. Ministry opportunities abound! Ask God to give you a heart for people. Be mindful of the people around you. Then, if you will start meeting some of their needs in the name of Jesus, you will be ministering. Sometimes we refer to pastors as 'being in the ministry.' All of God's children are to 'be in the ministry.' Start today!