A young girl living out the very words of 1 Timothy 4:12
For years, New International has valued Global Youth Ministry as one of its five core themes. Recently, on a short-term project in India, we found an example of a young girl living out the very words of 1 Timothy 4:12.
Let no one look down on you because you are young, but set the example for the believers in faith, love, spirit, purity, - 1 Timothy 4:12
Ends of the Earth Cycling's small team connected with David R. - a faithful friend and brother who is planting churches in Tamil Nadu state. His work takes place primarily in rural areas, and has existed for several decades. During our time with David, he told us we would be visiting a new church plant to "cut the ribbon" and pray for the service! Surely this was an exciting opportunity, but we had no clue what we would expect - until we met Aartie.
Aartie is 12 years old. She is an excited young lady, who loves Jesus and has an incredible story. When we asked how the church began, we quickly found out Aartie's story. She started a prayer meeting with two of her friends in the front yard of her home. That prayer meeting grew to 40 kids coming and a church was planted! David helped with the funds to build a metal structure with a roof. Prior to that, they met under the elements. Now, the building exists - and even without a pastor on staff, the group continues to meet, sing and praise God together! He is building His Church in India and He's using Aartie to do so!
During the service, we found out the kids are being taught to memorize Psalm 136 - look it up - 26 verses about giving God thanks that His mercy endures forever! Aartie reminded us that truly His mercy is great as He continues to use young people - and we choose to give Him all the thanks and praise!