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April 27, 2023 / by Candi Smith

Eight years ago, I went back to the classroom teaching full time. Although I knew God had called me to my job, I still wanted to serve at church.

My most recent endeavor has been the Resource Room. I knew about the Resource Room from my time teaching a Children’s Bible Fellowship in the past. The Resource Room volunteers were always willing to help me find supplies and to assist me in any way they could. I could trace, cut, find supplies, and be friendly! This was the job for me.

Does cutting out shapes, organizing crayons, and making copies have any part in furthering the kingdom of God? Colossians 3:23 says, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.” Working behind the scenes allows me the unique privilege of praying for the teachers who come in for help. I pray for wisdom and clarity as they prepare for the lesson they are about to teach. As I cut out a donkey or help a teacher locate a flannelgraph, I pray for the salvation of the children who are blessed to hear the gospel each week. Serving also builds community. Each week I serve, I have the opportunity to “do life” with the other volunteers. To be able to pray and walk beside fellow believers is a great gift.

I have served in both seen and unseen ways in the nineteen years I have attended East White Oak. They are both equally important. There are a variety of ways you too can serve. What gifts or talents do you have that could fulfill a role? Where is God calling you to serve? No service is unimportant.

Candi Smith has worked in various ministries in her years at East White Oak. She is married to Ben. They have three daughters: Olivia, Elizabeth, and Lanie. She has worked at Cornerstone Christian Academy for eight years and is currently in Academic Support.