Discovery Land Blog

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.   

Devote Yourselves to Prayer

Discovery Land - Wednesday, July 13, 2016


Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful, and pray for us too, that God may open a door for our message so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. (Colossians 4: 2-3) Paul’s message to the Colossians is pretty clear. They are to be devoted to prayer and we are to follow this call as well. James 5:16 tells us “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. “

It seems clear that we are to pray and that our prayers are powerful, but it isn’t always easy to follow these exhortations or know how to use them in the lives of the children we teach each week. Here are a few suggestions for living it out:

First, pray for the children as a whole who come to your classes:
  • Thank God each day for the children in your care (1 Thessalonians 5)
  • Ask God to open the eyes of their heart and fill them with wisdom ( Ephesians 1)
  • Ask God to give them an understanding of the love He has for them (john 3:16)
Pray for the children you know personally. Take home your class rosters and pray over each child by name:
  • Ask God to help them to believe in the gift of His son for Salvation. (Ephesians 2)
  • Ask God to show them that they were chosen by Him to bear fruit (John 15)
  • Ask God to help them stand firm in their faith ( 1 Corinthians 15)
  • Ask God to teach them and equip them to go out into their worlds and share the gospel (Matthew 28)
  • Ask God to help them grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus (2 Peter 3:18)
Pray for the children in your community, your state, your country and throughout the world to be reached by the gospel:
  • Pray that God would expand the reach of your classroom.
  • Pray that parents would bring the children on a regular basis
  • Pray that parents would partner with you by reinforcing Biblical lessons at home.
  • Ask God to sustain your ministry, your ministry workers, your leaders, and grow His kingdom on earth until every ear hears and every heart believes in Jesus.
What we do every Sunday morning is important, but what we can do every morning on our knees in prayer, partnering with our Great God to reach the children of this world for Christ is the most important endeavor we can ever take on. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. (James 15:16b NASB)

Let us accomplish much together!


Discovery Land - Friday, June 05, 2015
As children's ministry starts up for the summer let us not forget Philippians 4:19: "...and my God will meet all of your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus"

The billboards have been hung, the volunteers have been trained, the children are waiting; let's take a moment to pray and cover our ministries and surrender them to Him who equips, provides and loves. Let's take a deep breath and remember that God has a will for all of us,that he works through all of us, and that all of the right people will be in the right place. Let us be diligent in our duties to prepare, to pray and to trust God. LET'S GO!