Yesterday was a new experience for me. It was my first day teaching Bible Released Time. This is a program in California where students are allowed to be out of class for 1 hour each week to attend a Bible teaching. It’s actually California law. This is something that all students in California have a right to do, they just need teachers to come and teach them.
I wasn’t sure what to expect as it was my first week. The flyers and permission slips had gone out late, only a week before, due to some push back from officials in the school district. We might have 2 kids, we might have none. We ended up with 13 kids on that first day. One more wanted to come but forgot his permission slip. Others will be coming in the weeks to come. They were very well behaved and wanted to be there too. I didn’t notice any kids that seemed like they were doing this just to get out of class. Some of them had some Bible knowledge already, some because they were regular church goers and some because they attended Released Time last year. Most were participating when I asked questions and were engaged in learning about the Bible. Teaching these kids made me feel fulfilled in a way that I hadn’t felt in a while.
It also got me thinking. I’ve been saying for a couple of years now that I believe Corona is going to be one of the hubs of a great revival that is coming to the U.S. soon. I’ve always wanted to be a part of that revival, and not watch it from the sidelines. I always assumed that participation meant that I would be preaching or doing something high profile to reach as many people as possible. But maybe my part doesn’t look the way I thought it would. Revival always starts with the younger generations. Perhaps my part is not to be in the middle of the fire. Perhaps my part is simply to spark the flame by teaching and training the next generation, then it’s their turn to turn the spark into a full blown wildfire. What a cool opportunity to be a part of, being able to reach out to the young people in the city outside the four walls of the church and train them to be the faces of the coming revival. What an honor and a privilege that God would use me in such a way. I’m so glad that I get to be a part of this.
Here’s the problem. There are 25 schools in the Corona/Norco district, and we are in 5. I know that the person in charge of Released Time in our city has been to all of the big churches in our city and many of the smaller ones, and believe me there are plenty of churches in this city. Only a couple are actually participating, including ours. The others are too busy doing other things, mostly within the 4 walls of the buildings. I can’t for the life of me imagine what they have to do that is so important that they can’t give an hour a week toward teaching these kids. It is a privilege that we have this law in California, yet we are not taking advantage of it. Many of you have kids in these schools. Wouldn’t you want your kids to be able to participate in this program? So I’m calling everybody reading this to action. If you live in Corona and want to be a part of this, or if you live in another part of the state and want to know how to get started, visit our Contact Us page to give me a call or drop me a note and I’ll get you pointed in the right direction. We have this great opportunity, let’s not squander it by being in only 20% of the schools. Let’s get into 100% of the schools by next year. This should be a no brainer. 1 hour a week. 1 teacher and 1 helper. I know there are at least 50 people out there that have the time to pour into these kids. Please join us.
Until then, be blessed.