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St. Charles Children's Home

Apr 28 2011

LOL performed at a little piece of heaven-on-earth this week.  St. Charles Home in Rochester, NH, is always a favorite venue.  In fact, our oldest daughter, Jo, chose to celebrate her 16th birthday there with the children and the nuns who care for them.  The home is for children for whom the foster care system has failed.  This is the last option for many of them.  The ladies who run the home are amazing examples of selfless love for the 'least of these'.  They see Jesus in the eyes of these hurting, beautiful children, and show Jesus to them every moment.

This is the one show each year that the LOL performers sit interspersed with the audience.  Many of the St. Charles kids sat on the laps of our teens.  They quickly stole our hearts.

But it wasn't about the performance that day.  For about half an hour after the performance, the two groups of kids played together.  They juggled together, played basketball together, played tag, teeter tottered... they had a ball!  As we were loading up to leave, many St. Charles kids asked when we would be back.  Of course, we won't be back until next year, and I don't know who that was harder fo: our kids saying that, or their kids hearing it. 

When we left, there were more than a few teary-eyed teens in our vans.  And they left with memories of being part of this glorious ministry with these precious children.

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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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