MIDLOTHIAN, TEX. – More than 250 children’s ministries leaders from across the five states of the Southwestern Union territory were equipped and inspired at the March 8-10 “Called to Teach”Children’s Ministries leadership training and retreat in Midlothian, Texas.
According to Sonia Canó, Southwestern Union children’s ministries director, it was inspiring to see the leaders’ desire to guide children to a loving relationship with Christ. Leaders were also certified on Track 2 “Teaching Children“ and were taught 10 seminars with lots of ideas, tools and resources on how to teach children and guide them in their spiritual lives.
“My absolute favorite part of the weekend was when the more than 250 leaders wrote out prayer requests on a 6 feet tall beach ball in an activity for us to remember that there is no problem too big for our God!” says Canó.
Leaders arrived on Friday evening to enjoy a praise and worship session led by a group of children from Lubbock, Texas, and a very fascinating presentation by Dr. Carol Campbell, Southwestern Union vice president for education. Her topic “Engaging the Wired Brain” was one of the favorites themes of the weekend.
On Sabbath, attendees enjoyed a devotional presented by Gerry Lopez, associate director of children’s ministries for the North American Division. Attendees also enjoyed the afternoon seminars and workshops. During the evening program, each conference children’s ministries director presented the certificate of completion for track two and a pin to the participants.
On Sunday morning, attendees were trained on the latest NAD Vacation Bible School program “Jamii Kingdom.” They had the opportunity to participate in each of the stations and learning the new songs, not only in English and Spanish but in Swahili, too!
It is such an invigorating and unique experience to be with a group of people who love the Lord, care for children and are dedicating their lives to serve Him and them. It is a privilege to serve and share with each and everyone of them. Thank you, children’s ministries leaders!
For more information and resources, please contact Sonia Canó at 817.295.0476 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos by Geraldo Alonso