Raising Children of the Spirit

A place for them in building God's kingdom

by Michelle Wellborn/ September 21, 2015

The article below is taken from the presentation given by Michelle Wellborn at the 2015 Empowered 21 conference.

The Parable of the Hidden Treasure

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field” (Matthew 13:44, NKJV)

The Parable of the Pearl of Great Price

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it” (Matthew 13:45–46, NKJV)

I am a missionary to the children here in Argentina. The Lord has called me to find spiritual gold in the most difficult places—places where the natural eye wouldn’t even want to go, to slums filled with open garbage dumps and horrible smells. These are the places God has called me to find His hidden treasures. My task is to find the gold, shine it, and return it to the Lord, transforming lost treasure into children of the Spirit.

After these children realize their place as heirs to the Kingdom, and see themselves as daughters and sons of the King, we take the kids through a systematic basic Bible discipleship to understand what it means to know Jesus. Then we train the children for ministry and help them understand their need to seek the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. As we lead them into spiritual employment, we teach them what it means to evangelize the world around them by looking for future disciples to train. Next, the children are ready to discover and develop their spiritual giftings. This is how we are creating a movement focused on reaching, equipping, and empowering the children of Argentina.

People ask me all the time why we invest in taking risks in reaching, discipling, and empowering children. I say behind every risk, every fear, is a testimony. My daughter was five when we itinerated a few years back, and she would run to the front and ask me for the microphone. She said, “Mommy, I have a message from the Lord.” I was always nervous, but I handed her the mic and she said, “Jesus died on the cross for you, right? Because He wanted you to be in heaven with Him.” She is thirteen now, and she is still saying, “Mom, I have a message for the church from the Lord.” What if I hadn’t taken that risk? She probably would have stopped asking to give a message from the Lord.

We have seen fingers grow back, tumors disappear, arches form on flat feet, fevers leave, swollen legs completely return normal, and the blind see. We have seen so many lives transformed by the baptism in the Holy Spirit. We are training kids to live in a culture of miracles—where living in the impossible is the norm.

If we reach and win an adult, we transform an adult. If we reach and win a teen, we may transform a family. But if we reach and win a child, we can transform a generation. There is a generation lost, buried treasure, waiting for someone to discover them.

Children are so open to the gospel and to the supernatural. What are we doing to help them discover how God wants to supernaturally use them to build His Kingdom?