Thom S. Rainer is the president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources (LifeWay.com). Among his greatest joys are his family:
his wife Nellie Jo; three sons, Sam,
Art, and Jess; and six grandchildren.
He was founding dean of the Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism, and Church Growth at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. His many books include Surprising Insights from the Unchurched, The Unexpected Journey, and Breakout Churches.
When both his parents were hospitalized, Young Life leader Tyler Olen Marcus reached out to his friends on Facebook to pray for their recovery from coronavirus. More than 800 people commented that they were joining with Tyler's family for the much-needed miracle.
It's important to prepare yourself to have conversations with children about what is happening so you're prepared for answering kids' questions. One of the questions you may be called upon to answer is WHY is God allowing this to happen?