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Life Church, Gorham, ME

Jun 22 2016

earlier this week, I went to Gorham, Maine, to participate in the opening day of their VBS program.  It wasn't exactly a show I was doing, and I wasn't alone.  Three of my students, Emilee, Liz and Cailyn met me there.  We were doing demonstrations / lessons for the kids as part of a rotation of activities.  This is different from what I normally do, and different from what my students normally do as well.

We did four presentations throughout the morning, as the kids rotated through in their age groups, and boy they really pack the kids in.  Our first group was 40 fourth and fifth graders.  We did a quick presentation of juggling props and styles, as the kids and I did spinning plates, devil sticks, balance board, ball juggling ( solo and partner), clubs, machetes and axes.  Then we broke the kids into smaller groups to let them try to learn three ball juggling.  The three girls did a great job teaching, but it was still pretty chaotic.  We realized that, since the groups were going to be getting younger and younger, we needed to change our format.  Like I always tell the kids, in ministry the 'F' word is flexible.

from that point on, we continued to demonstrate the various props.  Instead of ending with a three ball workshop at the end, we stopped after each item and let some kids try basic tricks with spinning plates, devil sticks, and the balance board - with a spotter, of course.  As my students demonstrated clubs, knives and axes, we obviously didn't let the kids attempt these.  This format worked well and held everyone's attention.

the three students who met me at Life Church are used to doing a program that is a clear Gospel presentation, so they questioned the value of what they did.  I assured them that there is tremendous value in making kids (or anyone) feel welcome at church events.  If the kids we performed for saw that church is a safe place with caring people, what we did had great value.

 

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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 just 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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