Friday, June 6, 2008

Texas....here we come!


Well...it is about time to head out to cactus country.
I do love this time of year and the excitement (and nervousness) that starts to grow in the pit of my stomach as we get ready to do our conferences.
Excitement- because I know what these conferences did for my life when I was young and attended them. Nervous-because I know that when I stand to open my mouth in His name.....
I had better be right.
We have a great time planned this year.
Our theme is........ Children Mighty In Spirit.
We will be using several characters from the Bible to show how God will use those willing to be used. I will be teaching the story of Esther with a flip chart story book.
This has long been one of my favorite stories in the Bible.
As a young girl..she gave me hope that God could use a "Sharon"
just as well as He could a "Paul".
Not a whole lot was being taught in the church at the time about God needing females--just a few good men. :)
So, On Wednesday I will teach her story.
For such a time as this......if you do not know her story pull out your Bible
it will be worth your read.
Then each morning I will be sharing an object lesson with the children to get the morning started.
I love object lessons......I kind of feel like they are modern day parables.
I have some really cool ones this year...the kind that brings amazement to the kids faces.....
I love that.
Mom and Dad will be doing a majority of the teaching. Mom is teaching the missions section on the life of Corrie Ten Boom. That is another story that would be worth a read. You won't find her in the Bible but if you can get a hold of --A Hiding Place or the movie put out by the Billy Graham association-----you'll love it. She was a powerful woman of God.
Dad will be teaching on the lives of a few other people from the Bible....Daniel,Paul,David...
He uses flannel graphs and has a great time with the kids.
We will also be teaching them to share their faith using the wordless book colors.
If you don't know about this...you can find our more through Child Evangelism Fellowship.

And of course we will have a project for the children to do. This year they are making a wooden garbage can for their rooms. They will sand and glue and paint. I'll try and post a picture of the finished product.

There will be plenty of afternoon play time. Our sessions with the children are in the morning and at night while the parents are in their sessions. In the afternoon we are free to float down the Guadalupe River --clear and beautiful--or just hang out, sleep or shop.
Keith loves this camp...cuz ya know he is just a big kid and this is a great time for him to let go.
Our ages in class are 2-5 grade......so he has a blast.
He keeps the kids together and they love him.

Please be praying for the hearts of the families that will be attending. That hearts would be softened by the Holy Spirit so that seeds would be deeply planted.
And pray that the Spirit speaks freely through us so that His words will not come back void.

Love you guys!
Next time I talk to you will be from the huge state of TEXAS.
Yehaaa!

15 comments:

Denise said...

Oh......... I so wish I were close enough!!!!!!! I would so love to sit and hear you speak!!!!!!!
I pray for you an outpouring!!!!! A mighty rushing wind! A still small voice!!!!

I will be waiting to hear all your stories.........

Nicki said...

Can I come??? Sounds like fun!! =) Hope you have good safe travels!!

Denise said...

Praying for God to work in a very mighty way sweet sis, love you.

MelanieJoy said...

Ok, I want to go too!! You described the grounds the otherday and now you've told us the topics...sounds like an amazing time in the Lord is around the cornter for you. May you be filled and overflow it on us! I pray for safe travels, that God use you as a tool in His hands and that the families be blessed by Him beyond measure.
We wrap up VBS tonight and have a program on Sunday night. It was a good week...tired...but good. He showed me so many things from these little ones this week...blows me away and lifts my heart to another level.

MelanieJoy said...

wooo...it's been a long long long week. I meant corner not "cornter".
Love Ya Girl~ Have fun and enjoy the "Girl" time with Mother and daughter!

luvmy4sons said...

Wow...that sure sounds like a lot of fun stuff that will be going on. I love Corrie Ten Boom...awesome woman! Have a safe trip, a wonderful time. You are in my prayers. Love ya!

Sandi said...

Sounds like fun. I'll be praying for you

Mary said...

Sharon,

I am with Denise. I wish I were close enough to sit and listen as you teach the children. That would be awesome.

You, Keith and your parents are going to do mighty works in Texas. The hearts of those children will hear the voice of God through you. I will pray that He puts the correct words in your mouth and the Holy Spirit in your heart so the children can see how He has worked in your life.

There is a lot of work ahead of us in the apartment. Already the bathroom is almost gutted and I know it will look beautiful when we are finished. Thank you so much for your love and support. I know you are praying and I will be praying for you.

Blessings and love,
Mary

Denise said...

Hey girl.......... YOU GO Girl !!!! I have taught adults all my life and it is a piece of cake!! But if you put me in front of children I sweat!!! It is all about the calling........ I will be right here waiting to see how things went........ I have had a terrible week but God is good...I must talk to the Dr tomorrow about surgery! YUCK !!!

I am working on getting blog and web finished today........

I am so Praying for you this week and you minister the Gospel of Jesus....... He will give you the words..... He will anoint your voice and your thoughts....... What an amazing God!!!

Love YA

Andrea said...

Whoo-hoo! Enjoy Texas! You will do GREAT, I know it!

Halfmoon Girl said...

That sounds so cool. I pray that hearts will be touched and that this would be a time of refreshment for you and your family as well. Take care Sharon! Have fun lazing in the river during your afternoons!

SunnySusan said...

What a wonderful opportunity God has given you...and to be raised by Christian parents...you are truly blessed my friend....

I have not been here in ages....I have tried not to be on the computer as much....I need to prioritze my time....so that was one of the first things to go....

I have more time for reading and studing God's Word now....

Enjoy your time in Texas and soar for the Lord....

Alisun said...

I want to come!! How fun I love to see the kids faces as they learn it so precious how they take in the word of God, You have a fun and safe trip and I will looking forward to seeing the garbage cans.

Mimi's Toes said...

How exciting at the things going on in your life right now. Be safe and enjoy Texas. Love catus plants...

Jessie said...

"The Hiding Place" is one of my very favorite books. I cry buckets when I read it.