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Morning Services at Camp

Jul 06 2011

This week at camp, I'm doing a service each morning with middle school students.  Many of these campers have seen my shows before here at camp, so i'm glad we worked on so much new material over the winter.  Even so, there is a familiarity they have with me that I don't have with most audiences.  Nonetheless, we're having fun, and hopefully learning about Jesus in the process.

That being said, today's show was a rough one.  I had been dealing with administrative issues right up to the start of the show, so I hadn't stretched, warmed up, or even sequenced the routines I was going to perform.  My opening juggling routine had many drops, I seemed confused or lost a lot (which I was!), and my mind was very distracted by things unrelated to the show. 

Feeling so poorly about my session with the campers, then, I was surprised and pleased with how so many of the things I was trying to communicate were reiterated so clearly by our evening speaker, Peter Valji.  Perhaps some of the things he said triggered a memory in a child's mind of a moment in my show when I made the same point.  Maybe they got more out of what I presented than I think.  Maybe I'm unnecessarily hard on myself.  What ever the situation, I know that 'One waters, one reaps, but the Lord provides the harvest.'  I know that even in my worst performances, somehow what I do is part of that process. 

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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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