Calling All Grandparents by Karen
During one of our visits, Johel asked, "You know what's wrong with the world today?" There are so many awful things happening these days that I couldn't even imagine what he was referring to, so I simply responded by saying, "Tell me." He perked up, pointed his finger off into the distance, and said with conviction, "Grandparents don't teach the grandkids about Jesus no more." Johel went on to explain the responsibility that grandparents have to share the faith with their kids' kids - not just once in a while, but every time they are together. "Parents should be teaching the kids about Jesus too, but a lot of times kids don't listen to their parents. Grandparents have a special relationship with the grandkids. I don't know why, but kids just listen to grandparents different than they do the parents." I asked Johel if I could videotape him talking about his grandmother as a way to encourage other grandparents to share their faith with their grandkids. He agreed. Following are two video clips of Johel sharing his thoughts. I pray that you're able to understand him. He speaks English and Spanish, as well as a local dialect of Creole. During normal conversation he's able to keep them straight; however, when he gets going telling stories he sometimes forgets and speaks a mixture of all three. Below the video links, I've captured some of my favorite lines just in case you weren't able to understand him.
- "My advice is that to a teach your grandchildren right about the Bible and grow them up in Jesus' name and in Jesus' step [meaning his way/path], and you'll get good fruit."
- "They say grandmothers don't have time and that this is a new world - Tssst, no!! ...It's the same world, nothing changes - what changes is us."
- "When my kids did bad things I did what my grandmother did..." [which was read to them from the Bible to help them understand how they should be living]
- "Just how my grandmother grow me, that's how I grow my children."
- "My grandmother is who was there to teach me good and bad."
- "You see old people, you give them a hand... I don't care where they're from or how they look..." [Johel then tells a story about a time he helped an elderly man that initially thought Johel was going to steal the heavy can he was carrying just because he's dark-skinned.] "I feel like Jesus feels and I always want to help - you know I have a good heart!"
- "If you love your grandkids then show them how to live - show them Jesus. Show them what and what is not; what the Bible says. You do what the Bible says, not what you say."
We are all called to share the Good News of Jesus' love with others. What better place to start than in our own families? I pray that the Lord guides you and gives you the courage you need to be bold and live radically for Him...even within your own families!
Peace be with you, Karen
or call Family Missions Company at
Thank you and may God bless you and all those