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Windsor Memorial Baptist Church

Apr 04 2011

Some days I want to paint a 'sandwich' sign and wear it every where I go that says, "Just 'cuz I'm a juggler, don't assume it's children's ministry!"  Don't get me wrong, I love kids.  I'm a teacher, dad, uncle, mentor.  But I love doing routines that have some meat to them:  The woman at the well, the woman who washed Jesus feet, the thief on the cross, world hunger, lonliness, etc.  I like to tackle big issues that leave adults in churches reflective, and leave adults in jails or shelters or rehab. hopeful for the first time in their lives.  Kids' ministry is great, but there are times when it feels like ministry-lite.

Then there's shows like today.  Rose and I went to a public elementary school in Windsor, Maine, where a local church holds an after school AWANA club.  there were probably 30 kids present, and half a dozen faithful women who have been running this club for years.  It was one of those shows where everything went right.  I did a couple of relatvely new routines that have both been about 60% successful, and got them both perfectly.  I did a juggling bit I haven't performed in months, and got it exactly.  Rose was given more responsibility than ever, and stepped up excellently.  As for the message, I believe it was as clear as it's been in our kids' program in quite some time... more focused, more concise.

Lord, forgive me when I feel too important for the audiences you choose to give us.  I pray for more opportunities for adult and teen audiences, but I will be obedient when called to perform for youngsters, too.  And I will seek for joy as I do.

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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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