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Exceedingly, Abundantly Grateful

As I finished another year of teaching in the spring of 2023, I knew the Lord was preparing me for something different in my career—I just didn’t know what it was. For the past seven years, I had taught high school students and sponsored an organization for future educators. I loved my job and my students, yet I felt convinced that God was writing a new chapter in my story. I began seeking His guidance on what that next stage would look like. My prayer was that Jesus would open the doors for where He wanted me to be.

Meanwhile, at the Institute for Creation Research, my now-boss was looking to expand his team and had been praying for someone with a unique skillset. Never could I have imagined how God would incorporate three of my favorite things— children’s ministry, creation science, and event planning—into a career opportunity. Ephesians 3:20 says that God does “exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think,” and He certainly did that with my job at ICR! It’s amazing to see how He brought all the pieces together. I praise Jesus for a family that inspired a passion for creation science, for a dear friend who shared the job posting, and for my boss’ vision to develop additional ICR offerings for kids.

That June, I moved to the Dallas/Fort Worth area and started work as the children’s education specialist and an event coordinator with ICR. During the past year, I have been blessed to speak in schools and churches across the country as well as help launch our brand-new junior scientist club, Kids on Mission. This online program is comprised of a series of six-week minicourses in which children earn patches as they learn about creation science.*

Today’s children are bombarded with false messages that lead them to doubt the reliability of Scripture. This attack of the enemy isn’t new. In fact, it’s as old as the Garden of Eden, where the serpent asked, “Has God indeed said…?” (Genesis 3:1). Our prayer is that God will use ICR’s ministry to equip the next generation with scientific evidence that supports the biblical account. We want them to have confidence in the truth of God’s Word from the beginning of creation to the last chapter of Revelation. Above all, we desire to proclaim Jesus as Creator, Savior, and coming King, and we’re honored to share the hope of the gospel with all ages through our scientific outreach.

I want to thank each one of you who partners with us, both financially and in prayer. Because of your support, we’ve reached thousands of kids through our current initiatives. We’re also seeking ways to expand our impact with a mobile science unit that would make additional STEAM (STEM and art) activities, scientific demonstrations, and ICR resources available to our local community.

We ask you to pray that God will continue to provide exceedingly and abundantly for our ministry. May the Lord Jesus richly bless you in proclaiming His creation truth to the next generation and beyond.

Ms. Steele is the children’s education specialist and an event coordinator at the Institute for Creation Research.

*To learn more about ICR’s new children’s science club, visit ICR.org/kids-on-mission.

Cite this article: Emily F. Steele. 2024. Exceedingly, Abundantly Grateful. Acts & Facts. 53 (4), 21.

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