On October 8th, 2013, 100 giant inflatable game cubes were tossed off a balcony and into the audience of 400 indefensible kids ministry leaders. Once these cubes made contact, the audience members read the directions on the cubes, which suggested throwing them four rows up, as far as they could, or at a tall person. Let me tell you – this second day of KMC has been FUN.
Angie Smith, author of Mended and wife to Selah’s Todd Smith, shared her wit, her passion, her grief, and her joy with each of us during this afternoon’s general session. There is so much truth being spoken in this second week of October, and again, I wish each of you could have heard these words straight from Angie’s lips. Alas, you’ll have to settle for reading quotes that a few of us found note-worthy.
After losing Audrey Caroline – her fourth daughter – just two and a half hours into her precious life, Angie dealt with pain and bitterness, but she also had hope in Christ. By allowing her children awareness of her grief, she also gave them awareness of hope. She urged leaders, “Don’t ever be afraid to enter into pain with your children or with the children you teach.” Angie went on to explain, “From the place of my greatest wound has come the most amazing source of courage.”
Before Angie took the stage, we heard from Linda Myers, director of preschool ministries at Southern Hills Baptist Church in Moore, Oklahoma, where her church made VBS a priority in the midst of tragedy. We’ll give you more details on this in a later post. We love real life ministry stories!
Anthony Evans led us in yet another incredible set of worship songs. If you weren’t there to experience it, think on those moments when you’ve felt the Holy Spirit moving through a crowd of broken and hopeful people. The Lord is good.
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