In 1989, I sat in my living room watching the World Series between the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants. As I listened to the announcer covering the game, the TV screen suddenly went black. In a few seconds, the announcer's voice came back on, with a shaky camera showing the stadium. A magnitude 6.9 earthquake had just hit the Bay Area, leaving 67 people dead.

In the few minutes the earthquake shook, lives changed, homes were destroyed, and a baseball game became the least important topic for the day. In those few moments, Americans and the world were reminded that few things in life are truly unshakable.

When we think about politicians or terrorism or crime, we are reminded that life is constantly being shaken. When we think about the death of a loved one, the betrayal of a friend or spouse, the loss of a job, or a sickness, we are reminded that life is constantly being shaken.

Who among us isn't looking for the unshakable? Who among us isn't looking for a solid foundation to build upon?

During the 2018–19 year, GAs, RAs, and CAs will seek out unshakable foundations. What a timely theme this is!

So, what unshakable foundation can we find? What unshakable foundation can we focus on?

Well, over the next year, leaders will guide children to focus on what the Apostle Paul said. (Now, that's someone who was often shaken, but always seemed to remain unshakable.) Paul said, "My dear friends, stand firm and don't be shaken. Always keep busy working for the Lord. You know that everything you do for him is worthwhile" (1 Corinthians 15:58 CEV).

Over the year ahead, GAs, RAs, and CAs will take notice of dedicated missionaries in North America and around the world. Each monthly unit features a missionary or missionary family that is attempting to live an unshakable life to those who need to hear the message of Jesus Christ. Activities and hands-on experiences will equip children to pray for missions, give to missions, and do missions in their own communities.

Also over the next year, children will focus on godly men and women in the Bible who had unshakable faith in God. They'll focus on Daniel, Esther, and many others who demonstrated how God gives and uses unshakable faith in His followers.

The year ahead will be exciting! It will be a year filled with growth opportunities and teaching moments about how important it is to place our faith in an unshakable God.


M. Steve Heartsill serves as managing editor for Royal Ambassadors, Children in Action, and Challengers.


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