Kathalena, 11 years old, has been coming to the Simplicity Outreach center for almost two years. During this time she attended many programs. In the past few months a deeper spiritual interest has awakened in her heart.
Coco, her brother, had a special awards ceremony that we were unable to drive her to, which led Kathalena to harbor unforgiveness in her heart for Bekah, a Simplicity staff member. After three weeks of not speaking to her, Bekah and another staff member prayed with Kathalena that God would implant a seed of forgiveness in her heart toward Bekah. The following Sabbath, Kathalena came to Bekah and said, “God put the seed in my heart. I forgive you.”
One day, Miriam, another Simplicity Outreach team member, was heading out to a Bible study, when Kathalena stopped her to ask if she could attend. Both Kathalena and Linda, a community member and neighbor of Kathalena, enjoyed meeting each other and studying together that afternoon. Kathalena asked if she could come back every week. As a result, Miriam began helping Kathalena read and understand the Amazing Facts study guide before they went to see Linda each week.
During this time, Bekah began studying children’s Bible study lessons with Kathalena and her sister. While studying together with Bekah, Kathalena shared that she had asked her teacher if she could tell her what she was learning at church. Her teacher was very interested in hearing more. Kathalena opened her children’s Bible and study guide on the devil and shared what she had been learning with Miriam from the Amazing Facts guides about the origin of Satan. After she finished, the teacher flipped to the back of the study guide and saw all the topics available and wanted the lesson on marriage. After sharing this story with Bekah, Kathalena then asked her if she could have the marriage study guide to give to her teacher. Bekah gladly gave her the study. Subsequently, the teacher requested a Bible and further studies on what happens when you die, salvation, the origin of the devil, and other studies. It’s amazing how God can use a little child as a missionary once she simply accepts Jesus into her heart. Please pray for Kathalena, her family, and her teacher as they continue to draw close to Jesus. And let us all pray that we too can have the missionary spirit of a little child.