Can young children have a burden for others? Are they serious in spiritual matter? The answer is: Yes, they certainly are, they are tenderhearted.
The episodes to follow are true stories, only their names have been changed. I had the privilege of knowing them and being touched by their young lives. Hope you too would be challenged and encouraged as you read along.
A long time ago, in Greenville, South Carolina, there was a little 5-year old girl named Rhonda. There was a day when she had to stay at the church together with a group of children and the care-givers. Her mother had joined the ladies' group doing visitation around the neighborhood.
Mother informed Rhonda that they would be calling on one of her Sunday School classmates. Sean had been absent for a while and they hope to share the good news of the Gospel with his parents.
They lived in a little house with many cats and dogs. It was amazing to see so many of these creatures living together in harmony. They were all over the yard, in the house and even on the roof top. Mother was amazed at the sight and was feeling a little nervous, being surrounded with these animals.
Upon returning from the visit, Mother immediately shared with Rhonda what she thought might interest her little daughter most. The excitement of seeing so many cats and dogs that her friend had. She politely let Mother finished relating the encounter with the animals without interrupting.
She then calmly asked, "Did Sean's parents get saved?"
Mother was taken aback as she thought that her young daughter would be more interested in the animals than the souls of men. A child of five, sharing concern on spiritual matters and salvation of others.