by Aaron Palmquist of Oregon
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My 9 year old son led our Sunday 3-Thirds gathering with about 20 people, half kids, half adults on the commandment of healing. This was the first time any of the kids in our group facilitated our Sunday gathering. (3-Thirds is a way of discipling and meeting together discussed in Ying Kai and Steve Smith’s book T4T.)
My son has been immersed in T4T and the 3-Thirds process for about a year and a half before leading. It was obvious he was ready to facilitate an entire meeting because for the last few months he would correct adults when they forgot or left parts of the 3-Thirds out of our meeting. So I told him I thought he was ready to facilitate our meeting on Sunday and asked him if he would like to do that. He said he wanted to.
Together we talked about possible commandments that he could teach on and together we agreed on healing as commanded by Jesus in Luke 10:9. From there we worked together to review the 9 parts of the 3 Thirds and how each one is done and the transitions between each part. I helped him learn the story well enough so that he could retell it from memory. As I was explaining what vision casting is my son recalled a story of how Jesus used him to heal my knee this past summer from a sudden sharp pain while painting our house. While talking about what is done during the practice part of the 3-Thirds I told him he could choose to practice the story more or in this case we could practice healing one another. My son chose to practice healing. During our gathering, another 9 year old boy asked for healing for an infection in his sinuses and healing from his allergic reaction to cats and dogs. During the meeting after quite a few people practiced healing the way Peter did it in Acts 3, the boy said the pain and wheezing sound in his nose was 100% gone. Four days later his parents confirmed that he did not have any allergic reaction around dogs and that the infection in the nose was still gone.
My son did a good job facilitating the entire gathering that Sunday, he covered all 9 parts of the 3-Thirds process. We finished in just under two hours, which is about our normal length of time. My son was nervous and struggled a few times, he wasn’t perfect, others came along side to help him as needed. It was only his first time facilitating anything like this and at 9 years old he has plenty of time left to learn, grow and improve at facilitating a gathering of the Body of Christ.