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Unseen Wounds

Discovery Land - Friday, October 13, 2017
by Kris Smoll
Today I toured a beautiful hospital in Connecticut. The decor and friendly staff were amazing. It was clear they truly cared for their patients, who they treated like guests in their home. I felt compelled to pray for those who were being wheeled from location to location and for those who were dropped off at the front door and escorted in with great care. 

My thoughts turned to our children's ministry; does my heart break for the children and parents who walk through our doors with "unseen" spiritual diseases or injuries that cause deep pain? Do I go to the front doors with a caring heart and greet each person as a guest rather than another kid who needs a chair in our rooms? I wonder if our children's and parents' spiritual wounds were "seen" how our ministry would change. Would we be more caring? Would we prepare and pray differently?

For the past couple of weeks in Discovery Land, we have taught the kids about the fall of man, and the disease -- sin -- that we are all afflicted with. We live in a broken world; it is a high calling and privilege to point children to the Great Physician. 

Mark 2:17 NLT
When Jesus heard this, he told them, "Healthy people don't need a doctor--sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners."

Let's walk into ministry this weekend ready prepared and ready to care for those unseen wounds.   

Enjoy the Journey

Discovery Land - Tuesday, September 29, 2015
As we looked forward to fall kick off, my goal was to enjoy the journey of ministry; to look for where God was working, rejoice in that work, and keep my eyes focused on Him. I was going to run strong, leap challenging hurdles, and sprint up the hills of ministry. This sounds awesome, doesn't it? Like a worthy goal?

But what happens when you're not leaping over anything? Or you're limping instead of sprinting? What do you do when God takes you to the desert, where your convictions are tested under pressure? In those times, the joy of the journey can feel more like a twisted ankle with asphalt shavings in your face while sliding under a hurdle. Can you be joyful in the journey when it feels like that?

As always, God's Word has the answer. As I'm reviewing a lesson for the upcoming months, I find Jesus in the desert in Matthew 4 -- not by a pool or getting a tan with a fan slowly waving over him. He was being tested and he was staying strong in extremely difficult conditions. The one thing that kept him focused was the Word of God. Yes, the very thing we teach our children each week. With the Word we can walk forward and continue the journey that God has planned out before us. Knowing that it is His plan can give us the courage to keep going and help us to sit back, rest and enjoy the journey.

Discovery Land - Ghana

Discovery Land - Thursday, September 24, 2015


Did you know Discovery Land is in Ghana, Africa? Godfrey and Carolyn Onwunilli are independent missionaries there ( They recently planted a church, and are using the DL curriculum to teach God's Word to the kids. As you can see in the pictures, they are doing Discover Times and really bringing the Bible to life for the kids! Please pray for strength and health for their new church and that many people would come to know Christ through the work there.

Expect to Win

Discovery Land - Friday, September 18, 2015

"Expect to win!" was shouted across the football field from the opposing team's coach. The coach knew his players were equipped and ready for a victory. I love that attitude and belief; let's bring it over to Discovery Land on Sunday morning! Do you expect to score big this Sunday? Do you expect each leader to be well prepared? Do you expect kids to learn God's Word and use it? Do you expect kids to surrender their souls to Jesus? What would happen if we had that fight, that drive, that belief that our God could do amazing things and truly show up next Sunday? I Corinthians 15:57 - tells us that we have the victory. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. We should expect to win this weekend!