Dave Harff Bio
Our Pictorial History

  15 Years of Missions & Counting!!

It all began in Mexico City while I was on a one week mission trip with our Youth Group from Smithtown Gospel Tabernacle in 1994. I had only been on Staff at Smithtown as the Children’s Pastor for three years, but wanted so much to teach kids what it means to be a minister and servant for the Lord. As I stood in the 100- degree-heat (with my clown costume on and face paint smearing off) watching the many teens do drama, a thought occurred to me. “Why can’t we get preteen aged kids to do this?”  One year later while I was at a Children’s Ministry Conference in Orlando, Florida, I watched Bill Wilson and Chris Blake from Metro Ministries in Brooklyn, New York demonstrate Sidewalk Sunday School. I then knew in my heart that children could play a large role in our Kids Krusades.

 After my Florida conference, I set up a lunch appointment with Smithtown Gospel Tabernacle’s then Missions Pastor, now Senior Pastor Gary Zarlengo to share the idea of having a mission’s class for children. He loved the idea. I then set a goal to offer the first class in January 1996 during our Sunday school hour. A letter was sent to many of the 4th – 6th graders sharing with them my idea for the class. Truthfully, I only expected maybe 6 or 7 kids to be interested. However, at our first class, we had 18!

 Today, this ministry continues to grow. I am in awe of how God has used this method and what He has done in the 10 years we have reached out by way of drama, puppets and music. Today, many churches are using the Kids in Missions curriculum, which they purchased on www.kidsinmissions.org.

 We look forward to 2008 and beyond knowing God has many more adventures for us.  Please continue to pray for us!

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Mission Highlights 2010