Children naturally want to know they have a significant purpose in life, and our hope is to see each child fulfill that God-given purpose. But what does that really take?
It takes people who are willing to invest in kid’s lives.
It takes a person like Jacob, a 15-year-old, who is bringing what he’s learned throughout his life to help share the gospel with Milestone Kids. His drive to help kids purely comes from God developing him into a leader – this is his purpose.
“I’ve always loved serving and helping others, but I really stepped into that role when I turned 12.
As a child, I remember taking care of my younger siblings and helping my mom around the house. I just had the heart to help other people, but I didn’t know how to do that yet.
At 12-years-old, my family and I moved to Guatemala for missions work. I realized I needed to help people who weren’t of my culture, didn’t like the same things I did, and spoke a different language. I had to step out of my shell, and through that, God taught me I could reach kids because He had used me in that way a lot.
When we moved back to Texas and came back to Milestone Church, I knew I wanted to help kids become all that God has called them to be.
I felt like I could reach them for Jesus with all that I had seen, learned, and done in Guatemala.
So I started volunteering in Milestone Kids with the elementary-aged kids.
We’ve been back for a couple of years now, and since then, I’ve built up a trust with the kids. They know that I am there for them, and I know that they are there for me as well.
And because of everything I’ve been through, I take different things God has taught me and implement them when I’m helping the kids.
Over time, with the help of the entire Milestone Kids team, I’ve seen that the kids are becoming good people, growing great relationships with God, and learning to serve for others. We’re making a difference and doing what I love to do: helping others for Jesus. That’s my purpose.”
Seeing children find their purpose and grow in their relationship with God is what we hope for, and it’s always awesome to see one generation leading the next in the process.