First things first:
Parents of the children attending the Gathering from HTLC: THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU for raising patient, kind and considerate kids. They are a true blessing to our congregation. Here’s how i know this for a fact.
They weren’t ready: our hotel wasn’t ready for us to descend upon them swarming out of our buses with luggage and coolers and giant containers of animal crackers…
That’s a slightly more fun way to say we ran into a few technical difficulties in our checking in process – don’t really want to rehash old news and it’s nothing that we couldn’t handle or fix (shout out to amazing chaperones who rolled with the punches and flew by the seat of their pants)! Needless to say with some time and a few brains we sorted out all the rooms and got everyone into their rooms and ready for a good night’s sleep before today began.
The best, best, best part of last night was how our kids responded to some pretty quick changes to the schedule. They we flexible and gracious and fun about it. I am moved, humbled and blessed to be in ministry with them.
Here’s another way to know – a much less crazy way…
We traveled with another church, they have 9 kids. When we picked them up some of ours got off the bus and helped them load their luggage onto the bus. When we got to the hotel and had free time to play pool and ping pong and swim ours invited theirs to come and play. The kids travelling with us mentioned this more than once in their highs and lows to their pastor who turned around and shared it with me. I have shared their highs and my gratitude with the kiddos.
So, we’re working on editing up video and getting more photos posted, but until then text your kids, like our facebook page and keep checking here for more news.