When I was a senior in high school I got the chance to start a summer children’s ministry at my church. There was a 9 year old girl that came all the time, and unbeknownst to me, was impacted by it. I only know this because she (now a high school senior herself) sent me a handwritten note. This is awesome:
You may not remember me but I am ___ and ___’s little sister. I was a little girl when you were in our youth group at First Baptist Church Friendswood. At the time, our youth group was small and not very many people went, but I must say, as a young kid I looked up to y’all. As I watched the “older kids,” I knew that you had something I wanted. You had passion, enthusiasm, and a love for our Lord that was so evident to all. I asked my mom how I could have that same joy, and she introduced me to a personal relationship with Christ. As I’ve grown up and keep pursuing Christ, I have started to share my testimony with others. Now, its nothing earth shattering or anything but as I tell it time and time again, I realize what a big part you played in it through your actions. I love to learn and have always looked up to others older than me. You were a great example to me and I’m sure the other kids. I will never forget going to “Big Fat Wednesday” as a kid. It showed us that you cared for us, while showing us how to be servants of the Lord. Anyways, I just wanted to tell you thank you for being that example. You played a big part in my testimony, which has shaped me into the person I am today. Thank you for leaving a hand print on my life!
You never know who you’ll impact. And you’ll rarely know right away. This is a testimony ten years in the making. And this has taught me the immense value of faithfulness.