"I began serving with Rio Explorers so that I could be with my son during the church service. That was the door to many other opportunities. I served in the children’s ministry as a Sunday school teacher for two years, and in the cart ministry as a driver for three years. I presently serve in the children’s ministry as an Awana’s leader, which I’ve done for four years now, and I also lead an adult community group in my home. Serving in Sunday school began to open my eyes to how important it is to serve. I enjoyed spending time with the kids and helping them start down the path as believers. What I really have learned from serving is that serving also feeds me. It taught me the joy of having a servant’s heart. I found that I did not want to just be a consumer of resources. Instead, I wanted to be a resource for others. Giving of myself has helped me grow closer to Jesus and become more like what Jesus wants me to be. Every week at Awana’s I get to see young believers from Kindergarten to 5th grade learning God’s word and building a foundation for their future. It inspires me to think that these kids will be the leaders of the body of believers someday. Every week at community group I benefit from sharing my concerns with others and hearing about their challenges so we can pray for each other. Serving gives me and others the opportunity to behave as Jesus would, rather than following the “me first” tendencies of the secular world. When we serve it allows others to see that we are not better, smarter, or different from them, we are each a work in progress."