Although it's been two weeks since the NCHEA Kid's Conference, we're still marveling at the wonderful things the Lord did that weekend. So I hope you'll humor me in one more 'picture post'...with a few specific testimonies of the Lord's goodness!
We had another record group of children this year -- 320.
Our specific prayer was that the Lord would prepare each of our hearts for the lessons HE wanted us to learn during the conference. We really saw this prayer answered in the children's eagerness and thoughtful responses to the lessons.
[Leading songs with 'Yankee Doodle']
This was the first year our 'team' has tackled the momentous task of creating our own curriculum. As we saw the Lord work in mighty ways through the "Let Freedom Sing!" Musical, we desired to expand the Biblical principles and concepts into the Kid's Conference format.
It was exciting to see how the Lord gave specific inspiration for every aspect of the weekend -- from the 8-part drama, to teacher's curriculum, songs, verses, activities, and games. With a core group of 5-7 people working on the project, we sensed a clear unity throughout the whole project.
This year was also the first year we had an entire 'small group' teaching session devoted to sharing the gospel message. Although in past years we've always included it in some aspect of the weekend, it was a much greater focus this year. There were several children who had good one-on-one conversations with their teachers regarding this, and we continue to pray for the seeds that were planted!
Another answer to prayer this year was the music. I'd been working on writing new music for several weeks, but somehow was not able to come up with any new, fresh material except our theme song. With the final week progressing, I messaged several friends from church to join me in prayer...and two days before the conference, the Lord gave me two fun kid's songs that fit perfectly with the theme and the message we were hoping to portray!
Each of us were involved in such a variety of different roles during the weekend...here's a small glimpse:
During an activity on Saturday, Elizabeth was chosen for the 'stylish relay'!
Glamorous, don't you agree?!! [smile]
This was Hannah's first year as team staff. This little girl became her inseparable shadow during weekend!
Ruth was also a team leader. Its such a joy to interact with these children and watch them soak in the Biblical lessons!
Of course, Matthias and Stephen always come through with some great comic antics for the drama and this year was no exception!
Andrew gained some buddies over the weekend!
And the drama was incredible this year. A HUGE "applause" to each of the actors and actresses who gave of themselves in such an incredible way!