Author Archives: Wanda

About Wanda

I have worked with children and families for over 40 years in both secular and Christian settings. • Following college I joined VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America) and served in a migrant labor camp in Texas. • After VISTA I married Joe Parker. Joe was a Boy’s Club Director and we served in several inner city and barrio areas in So. California. • I served as Children’s Director and Family Pastor in three Orange County Churches. During this time I was a co—founder of CCMA • Right after the Los Angeles riots, and while serving as Family Pastor at Mariners Church in Newport Beach, Campus Crusade approached me to develop a reproducible ministry to reach children in inner city areas of America, known today as S.A.Y. Yes! Centers of America. • In 1998 I was invited along with 25 others, representing every continent of the world, to be part of a symposium in England. This was the initial gathering for the creation of a curriculum to equip people working with children living in difficult circumstances. Celebrating Children is taught today in Christian universities around the world. • In 2001 KidTrek was begun, a unique ministry to equip the Church to disciple children. Married for 47 years, I have three married children and eight grandchildren who walk with the Lord. The greatest gift a mother could ever have.

POUNDING HEAVEN FOR OUR KIDS

As Children’s Pastors/Directors do we pound heaven for the children in our ministry? Do we train Primary Disciplers (parents, etc.) how/what to pray for their children? Sunday Plus Curriculum includes a weekly topic of prayer for parents which connects to … Continue reading

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Sunday Plus Updates

Sunday Plus is a Gospel-centered curriculum which guides a church towards intentional child discipleship. We have just finished updating the New Testament curriculum. Preview and Download the New Testament Scope and Sequence Preview and Download the Old Testament Scope and … Continue reading

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Santa Claus? Yes or No?

Honesty within your family begins with you. Do you tell your child that she is the greatest soccer player in the world when you both know she isn’t? What will your child think, or at least wonder about, when she … Continue reading

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Child Discipleship: Discipling/Equipping Children for What is to Come #2

Tool for Primary Disciplers THE INTENTIONAL DISCIPLESHIP OF YOUR CHILDREN. The days that lay ahead are going to become more and more difficult – you MUST prepare your children.  Ask God for wisdom as you disciple your children to be ready for … Continue reading

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Child Discipleship: Discipling/Equipping Children for What is to Come #1

Tool for Primary Disciplers THE INTENTIONAL DISCIPLESHIP OF YOUR CHILDREN. The days that lay ahead are going to become more and more difficult – you MUST prepare your children.  Ask God for wisdom as you disciple your children to be ready for … Continue reading

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Child Discipleship: Children Developing A Relationship With The Triune God

Since writing the introduction to this topic (click here if you haven’t read Part 1  Emphasis of Your Children’s Ministry )the Lord has taken me on the most difficult and pain filled walk of my life. The anguish of this … Continue reading

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Child Discipleship: 2015 – You Can Change Lives

As many of you know this has been a difficult year for Joe and me – including his being hospitalized for the past month. With many complications, I have not had the time to send a year end letter to … Continue reading

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Child Discipleship: Christmas Gathering Questions

Nook Time: think of grandma’s house with the smell of cinnamon rolls baking and the sun pouring in — a place of warmth and security. This is what we want to create for the kids when they first arrive. Disciplers … Continue reading

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What About Santa Claus? Reblogged, reblogged

Honesty within your family begins with you. Do you tell your child that she is the greatest soccer player in the world when you both know she isn’t? What will your child think, or at least wonder about, when she … Continue reading

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Doing, Knowing or Relationship – What Do You Emphasize?

How it thrills our hearts to see children reading their Bibles – especially when they are excited to read the Bible. What is our real desire for the children as they gain Biblical knowledge?   Recently two books have been … Continue reading

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