August 2013 Schoolhouse Expo-Rachel Ann Rogish: Spanning the Tide – The Overlooked Bridge to a Creative Ministry
Writing is a God-given gift, and with a little encouragement, your child is fully capable of finding ways to touch lives and truly be a good writer at any age!
How can you raise a writer? Does your child truly possess the gift of a wordsmith, and, if so, how can he navigate the murky waters of wondering if his gift is a ministry, future career, or a hobby? By piloting past the preconceived myth of ministry vs. career, you will be able to recognize and answer the questions of well-meaning family members and friends who ask, “what does Sandra want to do when she finishes high-school?”
If it had not been for parents who understood the calling of God on their child’s life, countless others would be left untouched by a well written letter, poem, or story. The approach to a creative ministry goes beyond looking at writing as a mere hobby or mode of self-expression by:
1. Knowing the Harbor –discussing and appreciating quality literature and children’s stories in your own home.
2. Avoiding the Shoals –getting involved in your home-church and community without sacrificing your family-time and personal convictions.
3. Setting the Sails –reaching out to others of a variety of ages through letters, poems, and stories throughout the school year; setting a course for future writing goals and dreams.
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