The children marched from the schoolhouse
To the church across the street,
To see the Missionaries
Who were very kind, gentle, and sweet.
The children filed into the sanctuary
With feet dangling off the pews,
Not knowing what to expect,
What could these older folks do?
They heard loud music from the piano
For singing it was time,
Lifting the roof off,
Beautiful music put to rhyme.
The man led them in the songs
While the woman played with grace,
The children sang and sang and sang
With smiles on every face.
Then they did some actions, too.
The Lord’s army they were in,
Riding in the cavalry
Was the most exciting for them.
The man had a suitcase
From which he a puppet brought,
At first some funny jokes,
But then a Bible lesson taught.
The woman had a blackboard
With some colorful chalk,
She drew a picture on the board
As she about the Cross talked.
Everyone got very quiet
Because the prayer time came.
The power of the Lord just filled that place.
They prayed in Jesus’ name.
Then stories from a wordless book
All laid upon the flannel board,
The first about Heaven and streets of gold.
The last about growing in the Lord.
Questions, a challenge, the lady said,
“To see how sharp you are.”
Then slowly the little hands were raised
To answer shining like stars.
Now it was decision time
To ask Jesus in your heart,
Hands were raised and lives were changed
From sin so very dark.
The Bible was given out,
But they were little books,
With precious scripture portions,
You should have seen the children’s looks.
One child had even seen the pair
Throw out these little gems,
Through the car window
To some working construction men.
They just call them The Missionaries,
But for 40 years they’ve served just like we see,
Touching those blessed children’s hearts
For all eternity.
— Charles B. Mayes
The Missionaries © 2011 by Charles B. Mayes. All Rights Reserved.
The illustration was done by my wife, Dolores Mayes, when she did Christian chalk art.
The Missionaries are actually anyone who is telling the Good News of Jesus Christ and using their gifts for Him. It may be at Sunday School; Vacation Bible School; or through a Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) Good News Club, etc.
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