Never Too YoungBy Bonny Coats Tidings January 2018
Isabella Garbelman has been an Asbury kid since she was 3-years old. She is now a bright 10-year-old who loves
No, that’s not a typo. Just half-way into her
“She’s a teacher at heart,” says Isabella’s mother, Lindsey. “She loves to teach people things. I see her teaching all the time. At church. At Tae Kwon Do…”
“…and I love to spread the word about God!” adds Isabella.
According to Lindsey, teaching is a habit Isabella has put into practice for quite a while now. Lindsey loves to tell the story about Isabella teaching other kids about Jesus at school. “When she was in 3rd grade, she was found witnessing on the playground. You guys are always telling the kids to tell their friends about Jesus; she took it seriously and did!”
Two years later, Isabella is still taking the call to tell others about Jesus seriously. Isabella is active in our
And so, the process of developing a lesson began. We talked about what she would like to teach about, and I gave her copies of our upcoming Sunday morning curriculum. September’s monthly virtue was “friendship,” and Isabella decided she wanted to teach
Do you ever think to yourself “Oh, to be a kid again!”? When we think about our childhood, what usually comes to mind is endless play, bicycle rides
Isabella knows the good side of friendship, but she knows the tough parts, too. Amazingly, instead of being embarrassed or shying away from the difficult things she’s experienced, this sweet 10-year-old decided she wanted to tell her story…and let God redeem it.
As Isabella prepared to tell her story, she knew exactly how she wanted it to go. She wanted to open with a multiple choice large-group game and include a funny video and pictures. She would speak
Friday evening before the Sunday she would teach, we gathered in the
That Sunday morning, she arrived with a smile on her face, simply giddy to teach others about God. When she got onstage, she was a natural. She told her story bravely TWICE, at 9:15 and 11 am. Friendship is hard, she taught the class, but forgiveness is worth it.
It was apparent during the small group time following her teaching how God had used her lesson to help quite a few other kids in the
After it was over, Isabella immediately asked when she could teach again. She loved her experience teaching the class! Months later, Isabella says, “I loved that I could express my feelings about what happened in the lesson and the story. It made me think a lot more about friendship…I think
Imagine that! Our girl is already learning the importance of practicing what you preach. Here’s hoping for many more opportunities for Isabella—and all of our Asbury kids—to use their stories to tell others about Him!