We started attending Grace about 20 years ago. That first year, we mostly got fed and nourished by the Word. But then we began to get involved. For me it was teaching 3-year-olds. I can still remember teaching the older Lakey kids! What fun they were!!! True story - I once asked the children what was grey and had a bushy tail. They all chimed in, "Jesus!" I've heard that as a joke, but it really did happen in my class!
After several years, the Sunday School Superintendant decided she needed to retire. Both she and Steve wanted me to do it. I didn't want to. I was a teacher. That was my passion.
But after much prayer (and dragging my feet) I knew that God wanted to stretch me and I said "yes". The first year, I can still remember our teacher appreciation dinner. 10 teachers - and we gave each of them a gift card to Faith & Life. Now, there is no way we could budget that. There are 60 workers in the nursery alone!
We built a new building in '05. We didn't have enough classroom space in the original building! I was privileged to be on the building committee. How excited we were to move into the new facility!! After we moved in, I continued the job but it got so big I told them it was time to hire a Children's Director. So Kris came on board (and later, Becca). And I became the Nursery Director. We got pagers, clip on name tags and security tags; we had lanyards for the teachers and began background checks.
As I packed up my files, I just cried. I knew it was time, but I I would often find myself questioning "Why am I quitting?!" I am so happy to have Lori taking over my position!! I will stay on as an assistant to help her, but she will help the nursery go to higher level. These young people have such good ideas and are so computer savey!
Thank you, Grace, and in particular Steve and Aunt Leonore (she was a former missionary to Japan and we call all the missionaries "aunt" and "uncle") for trusting in me to do this job! God has given me the strength and ability. Without Him, I could not have done it! He went before me all these years, guiding me and providing each week! And what a wonderful team of volunteers I have had to work with each week!!! I can't begin to name them all. But truly, SOOO great!! And of course, best of all - showing the love of Christ to each of the little children in our care and teaching them about Him. Praying for them, that they would grow up to follow Him with all their hearts!!
"We will tell the next generation
the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord,
and the wonders He has done."