Full Q & A with Wayne and Rhonda Hensley
- How many years have you served the Lord through HDC's?
I'm not exactly sure when I began serving through HDC's but it has been about 24 years.
- How and when did Wayne come alongside?
Wayne was a "behind-the-scenes" helper to me from the beginning. He loaded my car up for me, helped put verses in the Quiet Seat Prizes, and looked for the game or song chart that I couldn't find but needed, etc. Wayne started coming to HDC in 2013 by leaving work and coming to set up tables and chairs. Sometime in 2014, he started leaving work early and stayed for the whole club. When Wayne retired in December 2015 he became more involved in the teaching aspect of HDC. We have served together since then.
- What benefits do you observe from working together as a team?
We are able to plan and pray for our club(s) without having a special meeting or time set aside. We take turns teaching the Bible lessons and memory verses. Sometimes we split the Bible story up and we each teach part of the lesson. We have found this to be very effective. We have always thought of ourselves as a team especially in our marriage and as we raised our children. We taught Primary church together for many years before becoming involved in HDC. We can give each other ideas and constructive criticism which helps us to be more effective at HDC. Having Wayne at HDC has been such a blessing and it makes a huge difference having a man involved. Some of the children don't have any godly men in their lives. Working together gives our club stability and shows the children a positive example of a Christian marriage.
- Where all have you served, Rhonda?
I started as a helper at Roosevelt HDC. I also helped Pam Barry at Eastwood for a short time. I have been the lead teacher at Mary Daly since 1996 or before. We had a second club at Riverview from 2006-2009. In the fall of 2009 there were over 100 kids signed up for HDC so we started having 2 clubs at Mary Daly: k - 2nd on Tuesdays and 3rd - 6th on Thursdays. We continued having 2 clubs at Mary Daly until 2013. There was no longer a need for 2 clubs at Mary Daly so I was asked to have a club at Woodland. Since 2013, we have had one club at Mary Daly and one at Woodland. Last year, we were privileged to help with a 6-week club at Cleveland. That was shortened because of the Corona virus but we were blessed with many children and lots of enthusiasm.
- What/who enlisted you in the first place to become a volunteer for HDC?
I had heard Dan Smith present HDC's at the church we attended. It sparked an interest but I did not follow through until a few years later when Geri Bloom had become the director of CEM and presented HDC's to our church. God definitely spoke to my heart and this time I followed through and got involved.
- Was there any scriptural motivation that confirmed what you were to do in HDC?
Whenever I need motivation, this verse comes to mind: I Corinthians 15:58 "Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain."
- What answered prayer have you witnessed through the years - that God answered and you realized He had?
I can look back on all the years I have been a part of HDC and realize how faithful God has been to me. No matter how inadequate I feel, He always provides what I need and gives me the strength to do what He has called me to do. I always tell the kids that God doesn't ask you to do anything that He will not help you to do. This verse that we taught at HDC a few years ago is a good reminder of that. Philippians 2:13 "For it is God who works in you, both to will and to do for His good pleasure."
- What, do you think, is your most treasured memory from your missionary work throughout the years?
I have many treasured memories, but one that comes to mind is when Juli, a former Mary Daly HDC child grew up and started helping us at the same club she had attended when she was in elementary school. I also remember 2 boys at Woodland who wanted to talk to someone about asking Jesus to be their Savior. We had run out of time, but assured them that someone would talk to them next week. The next week, even before club had started, they both came up to Mr. Hensley and asked, "Can we do it now?" They both accepted Jesus as their Savior that day. Later, I was teaching the Bible lesson and said something about knowing Jesus as your Savior, and they gave me a "thumbs up" as they nodded and pointed to themselves. One thing that always filled us with joy was the worshipful faces and voices of the children as they sang to the Lord.
- What, if anything, would you have changed in your ministry?
I should have prayed more, asking for God's wisdom and power. I can think of many things I would have changed, but God uses everything to mold us, teach us, and change us. Even though I made mistakes and didn't always do my best, God helped me to be faithful and used me for "His good pleasure".
- What has God taught you both throughout your ministry years of HDC?
"I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength." Philippians 4:13
God's Word is powerful to change lives. The enemy is hard at work to distract kids and keep them from coming. All the work, and preparation, and sacrifice is worth it if ONE CHILD comes to know the Savior, or if ONE CHILD grows in their walk with Him.
- What does it do to you as you counsel a child for salvation? What takes place in your heart when you witness a child/children growing in their faith?
Sometimes we plant the seed, sometimes we water the seed that was planted, but sometimes we are allowed to harvest. What a blessing it is to pray with a child who wants Jesus to be their Savior and forgive their sin. That truly brings joy to my heart. It is a humbling thing to know that God can use weak vessels like us to accomplish His purposes! Whenever we witness the fruit of the Spirit developing in children we have taught, it fills us with joy and thanksgiving.
- Would you encourage others to volunteer for HDC?
Yes! There are many things that we can become involved in, but we can't think of anything more important than teaching God's Word and being able to share the gospel with children. "It will be worth it all when we see Jesus!"