Ohana Kids Serve Through Purposeful Mentoring

May 01, 2012 | Sue Washinger

It was a special day at the Ohana Christian Fellowship (West Linn, Ore.) when 19 young people said yes to serving Jesus as junior deacons and deaconesses.

One of Ohana's core values is to develop leadership skills through purposeful mentoring. They value their children and see the children's love for Jesus with their willingness to serve Him and the congregation.

Children assist the deacons and deaconesses with collecting the offering, setting tables for potlucks, reading Scripture and cleaning up. They will also be helping leaders in beginners and kindergarten Sabbath School classes. The goal is to keep them involved in church service as they grow and develop their skills.

Doug Franzke, Ohana pastor, asked the Lord's blessing for the children and honored them with special badges signifying their commitment.