o you have to wait until you are grown up before you can be an active member of your church? Not according to the children who attend the New Seed (Nova Semente
) church in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
The New Seed church is located in the middle of one of the largest cities in the world. Pastor Kleber Goncalves and the congregation are very serious about church planting. That means there is plenty for everyone to do, including mission-minded kids.
One of the outreach programs is geared especially to children who live in the surrounding community. Every Saturday night kids are welcomed to a program with lively music and color spotlights. Stories from the Bible are presented by drama teams to emphasize the lessons.
The church also reaches out to a small community of people who live on the outskirts of Sao Paulo. This village is sometimes called “Little Factory’s Slum.” The people who live there face many hardships every day.
Church members have stepped in to help improve the living conditions in the village. They worked to see that a proper sewage system was installed. They offered job training and classes on household budgeting. They taught the residents how to make home improvements on their one-room shacks. But the members wanted to do even more.
One of the newly baptized church members, a retired professional soccer player, decided to call on some of his fellow athletes. Soon an exciting soccer game was organized to benefit the residents of the little village. The price of admission was unusual: spectators would bring two kilograms (more than four pounds) of food in exchange for a ticket. It must have been an exciting game, but it was even more exciting to deliver nearly 7,000 pounds of food to families in need.
The members and kids of New Seed aren’t finished yet. They continue to help people find solutions to their problems, and they pray that they will find new ways to introduce a loving God to those around them.