Meet Sheila Barksdale

Sheila Barksdale is serving her community of Sturgis, Mississippi, as the 2015–2016 Oktibbeha County Assistant WMU Consultant and the Oktibbeha County GA, RA, and CASM Consultant. She and her husband have five children and three grandchildren whom they love to see growing in Christ.

Growing up, Sheila and her friends participated in GA activities, which Sheila says they lived for. She went on to serve her church as Children’s Director, Vacation Bible School Director, and Sunday School teacher. After five years of service as an interim piano player at a friend’s church, Sheila says God called her back to her home church, Morgan Chapel Baptist, where the church’s GA leader asked her to join in leading. “God opened the door wide for the opportunity,” she says.

Sheila says she knows that girls in the GA age range are impressionable. Like sponges, they soak in everything. “This is the time to be training, teaching, and motivating them to a life of servanthood, a life of continual service to God’s plan for each of them.”

Although GA lessons never go exactly as planned, Sheila says God has shown her that His timing and ways are always perfect. He reaches the children at different times, in different ways. She says seeing the awe in the girls as they come to a point of understanding keeps her desire for leading GA alive.

Through her experience as a GA leader, Sheila was able to lead her youngest daughter to salvation through Jesus. Her daughter now wants to become a missionary. “It’s never too early to start training,” she says.

Sheila says she feels it is a great responsibility for women to exemplify a loving relationship with Jesus for the young girls in their lives. GA is a way to show girls how to be a servant for Jesus. For those considering serving God as a GA, CA, or RA leader in your church, Sheila advises, just do it! She says leadership in service is important because the children in your community are prized possessions.

By Hannah Bell
Children's Resource Team Intern

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