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LOL at North Baldwin Baptist

Feb 02 2019

The pastor of North Baldwin Baptist church, Will Kindred, is a big supporter of Windham Christian Academy, the home school of the LOL juggling team. Perhaps it is because his wife is the kindergarten teacher, or because his son is in the second grade, but he is definitely one of the school's biggest cheerleaders. So it was no surprise when he invited LOL to do an entire Sunday morning service a week ago. His church even held a potluck lunch for the whole team AND their families.

LOL did a full hour program. Anna, Ella, Lillia and Grace did their tumbling routine in a rather crowded space, but it was excellent. Gideon played piano up to his predictable standard of excellence; after all, he plays for the Portland Youth Symphony. But, of course, it is the juggling that sets us apart. Jordan did multiple high throws with her new diabolo- which she only started to use less than a week prior. Sam juggled clubs for the first time, and Grace juggled three balls on a balance board. The team was at the top of their game.

They ended with the juggling routine "Beautiful, Scandalous Night" in which they bring bandannas with words like "fear", "hate", "sin" and so forth to a large wooden cross one at a time while Hunter, playing Jesus, beacons them forward. After draping their bandanna on the cross, they kneel, Jesus lays his hand on their shoulder, and they stand back up, and juggle to the music. This description does not do it justice, but it is a powerful routine centered exactly where a Christian presentation needs to be centered: the cross.

Afterwards, there were a lot of compliments, wonderful food, and- for my wife and me- the chance to catch up with some old friends: the Irish family and a couple former students. It was a great morning all around.

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The presentation was fun and encouraging... The gospel message was clear and encouraging. I purchased your book and just finished it. Your scope is broad and again encouraging. May God continue to bless your ministry. I will encourage others to read your book. -Parishioner of a local church

"Hey, I  wanted to say that was a great message in chapel today! It touched something:) thanks for doing it!" -High School Student  

"We are so grateful that you brought your amazing ministry back to our church this year... The Gospel message you bring applies to all!  It is such a positive, valuable work that you do."  -Coordinator of Christian Ed. UCC Church

"There's no questioning it. This is powerful stuff. It's extremely touching at times, never less than entertaining, and I see a lot of sincere love for Jesus in you guys."  -Dwight Lilies, song writer

The Lord has given you a wonderful window through which to present the Gospel!   - Field Director of Alliance Missions to Paraguay

"What a wonderful ministry to both children and adults.  In past years it has been a struggle to arrange programing that would hold the attention of all ages, but also challenge each heart with God's gift of Salvation.  Thank you for sharing your ministry."  -Sunday School Sup't.

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