We will use these stones to build a memorial. In the future your children will ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’

Joshua 4:6 (NLT)

In the 2003 World Athletics Championships, Team USA had by far the best team in the women’s 100 meter relay, including the overall fastest woman on earth and the fastest 100 meter sprinter at that time. Not bad for a team of four. Based on their individual 100-meter sprint times that year, they should have finished over twenty feet ahead of any other team, but on the big day they came second.

Instead, the French team won while containing fairly average sprinters (or as average as they get in a world championship!). The reason? Poor passing of the baton!

Every church is only one generation away from extinction. If we do not pass along the faith to the rising generation, we have failed at our most important task. We must tell them what God has done for us—and then we must tell them again and again until the stories are tattooed on their souls. This starts at our homes when our children ask, “WHAT DO THESE STONES MEAN?” (Joshua 4:6). Will you pass on the baton?

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Rev. Mutinda Musyimi and his wife, Jennifer, lead City Church Nairobi in Buru Buru, Nairobi, Kenya.

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