Hi, I’m Jenny Jane, and my story is about why I love children, and wish to see them grow in the knowledge of Jesus as Lord and Saviour.
I came to the Lord when I was 23, at a time when I was desperately seeking to know “the meaning of life”. Most of my childhood was unhappy, or at least I think it was. I lost my biological father when I was 4, my eldest brother was 5, my younger sister was 2, and my youngest brother hadn’t been born. Naturally, it was quite vexing for my mother to be a single parent. I don’t think she enjoyed parenthood very much.
She remarried when I was about 12 and my stepfather made the rest of my childhood miserable! He was ill-mannered and verbally abusive. I thought of destroying my life many times during those years. To me, death or living on the streets felt like choices that would have given me freedom. Something always saved me from these self-destructive thoughts, however. I have come to understand it was God.
You see, even though my mother struggled to raise us, she became a Christian before the death of my father. She took me and my siblings to Sunday school when we were little, so that we were exposed to Bible teaching at an early age. Growing up in the Philippines, I also attended religious classes (called Catechism) throughout primary school as part of the national curriculum. I always remembered the teaching that God punishes wrongdoing and rewards good deeds, and that ending one’s life is an act worthy of being placed in hell. Hence, somehow the fear of God stayed on me, and His grace kept me going even through the difficult times.
I’ve since come to realise that sowing the seeds of God’s word to little children cannot be undermined. Surely the torrents of life should have pushed me away from the Lord, but the string of grace never lost its hold on me because of the seed that was planted in me as a little child. I cannot imagine what would have become of me without it.
I am passionate towards helping children find a personal relationship with the Lord, because I believe that it is His desire to protect them, and lead them through the deception of a fallen world. Although we cannot change the world for them, we can at least give them a chance to be changed for a new heaven and a new earth (Revelation 21:1-3).
Teaching and training our children in the ways of the Lord is not achievable alone. Together as Christians, we must commit ourselves to teaching these little ones as the Lord himself commanded:
“These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.” (Deuteronomy 6:6-8)
I feel blessed to be part of a ministry that gives parents of babies and toddlers the freedom to come to church and freely partake in the service. After all we need godly parents to raise up godly children! Crèche also provides children an opportunity to make an early connection to the church and to Jesus. It is such a wonderful service for the Kingdom of God!
I would love you to join me in serving with the youngest in Everyday Wimbledon. Contact me using the Connect form on our website, and I will get in touch and help you get involved.
Jenny Jane Beer
0-3’s Ministry Leader
Everyday Church Wimbledon