A True Story of An Adopted Son,
A Crippling Disease and An Against-All-Odds Miracle
by Nancy Jensen with Susan McAllister
A five-year-old abandoned boy finds his “forever family,” creating what
Social workers call “one of the best matches we’ve ever seen.” This lively, loving, little boy, whose humorous antics and joyfulness bring delight to his parents and older brother and sister, is tragically diagnosed three years later with a heartbreaking condition. His new family watches helplessly as he spirals downward, but eventually discover that their unrelenting faith could lead to a miracle and a medical breakthrough. Can their family stand together as they persevere to battle the nightmare surrounding their youngest member? Heart wrenching, humorous, and inspiring, this is the story of an ordinary family that learns the amazing lesson of “When you step out on faith, then you find miracles.”
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“When you drop a pebble in a pond you get ripples, and soon the ripples cross the whole pond.” – Bruce Lee
It was not just another conference -- it was the the first-ever Kingdom Kids Conference in the United States, and it took place November 7-8, 2014, in San Diego, California, with eighty-five disciples from the United States, Mexico and the Philippines attending.
|Check out this great Bible App for the kids,|
The Bible App for Kids Celebrates First Anniversary,
Adds Chinese and Korean
It’s hard to believe the Bible App for Kids launched just one year ago. Thanks to the amazing worldwide YouVersion community, we’ve seen more than 4 million installs and over 10 million minutes spent in the app. And when the Spanish version of the Bible App for Kids launched this summer, more kids than ever were able to engage with God’s Word in the language of their hearts. Now, we’re excited to announce on the eve of its first anniversary, the Bible App for Kids is available in Chinese and Korean!
“My name is Lydia, and I’m in eighth grade, and I’ve been playing flute for three years. The song I’m going to play is Mozart Concerto No. 1 in G Major. Now, I’m only going to play the first movement, and only part of that movement, because that movement is ten minutes long. So please enjoy.”
Lydia Walquist’s comments during a rehearsal demonstrate the caliber of talent, poise and showmanship demonstrated at “A Young People’s Concert,” sponsored by the Kingdom Kids ministry of the Chicago Church of Christ.
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What: Children's Ministry Conference
When: November 7-9, 2014
Time: Starts at 9:00 AM Friday the 7th and ends after Church Sunday the 9th
Location: Embassy Suites La Jolla
Address: 4550 La Jolla Village Drive, San Diego, CA 92122
Hosted by: San Diego Church of Christ and Disciples Today
Steve and Vicky Bergem, Director of Children's Ministry
Cost: $50 Conference Registration
Registration link: https://sdcc.wufoo.com/forms/childrens-ministry-conference-believe/
Hotel Registration link: http://embassysuites.hilton.com/en/es/groups/personalized/S/SANLJES-CHU-20141106/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG
Group Name: CHILDREN'S MINISTRY LEADER'S CONFERENCE
Group Code: CHU
Hotel Name: Embassy Suites San Diego - La Jolla
Hotel Address: 4550 La Jolla Village Drive, San Diego, California 92122
Phone Number: 858-453-0400
Gifts From Our Children
As a mom, I love the gifts my children make for me. This year I waited patiently to see what goodies come home from church and school for Mother's Day Yes, I do love receiving gifts bought from the store, but I treasure the gifts my children make. Nothing compares to gifts made with L.O.V.E.! I love the creativity and I love their excitement as they tease me, saying they are making something but I cannot I have it now. They sneak it into the house and tell me not to look under their bed or in their closet. Oh, the temptation they put in front of me!
My treasures include painted pictures, hand-made cards, potted plants and hand-crafted flowers.
As a Children's Ministry Co-ordinator, I am always looking for fun craft projects children can do to encourage someone else. I get a lot of ideas from the Internet and magazines here in the US – but I would love to share YOUR ideas!
Left: A picture from the heart of a child, Right: You have a piece of my heart,
Bottom: Tiles made for dad on Fathers Day.
The Templers believe children should begin having quiet times at a young age. Then it becomes a habit and doesn’t have to be forced or taught later. Some parents are reluctant to teach their kids to have quiet times, fearing they will enforce something the kids may rebel against later.
The Templers disagree with that perspective. They have five children, and Priscilla is the youngest. All five learned to have quiet times when they were young and they have continued through their lives. The oldest two are now disciples and leaders in the church.
I want to encourage everyone to read the bible to your children daily and help them have their own quiet times when they are able to read. It is never too early to build a relationship with God.
Mark and Nadine Templer adopted Priscilla from Chennai, South India, when she was four years old. She spoke only Tamil, but in a very short time she learned to speak and read English. Follow Priscilla on YouTube as she posts more of her quiet times.
Kingdom Kids Editor
Priscilla with her Family