Awesome and Amazing!

This morning I complete an awesome and amazing week of CentriKid Camp at Ridgecrest Conference Center in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.

I say “awesome” and “amazing” because just like VBS, this week we have truly witnessed an Awesome God and His Amazing Power. Last night we celebrated as a child who earlier in the week voiced disbelief in God, made a complete turn around and confessed Jesus as his Lord and Savior. He was one of many life transformations this week!

Can you tell we sang “A-M-A-Z-ING” this week?

I can also say “awesome” and “amazing” about this place – Ridgecrest Conference Center – and the surrounding Black Mountain and Asheville area. This week has afforded me a few hours to explore, both by foot and car, God’s amazing wonders. There may not be a Grand Canyon or Victoria Falls near by, but the majesty of God’s creation is in every stream and mountain peak.

I’m already looking forward to my next visit in October, and I sincerely hope you will join me right here at Ridgecrest October 8 – 10 for LifeWay’s Kids Ministry Conference. As awesome and amazing as this place is in the summer, I can only imagine the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the Fall. I’m usually here in January, so this October will be my first time to experience North Carolina’s Fall wonders.

Sadly, camp ends this morning, but not the fun! For the afternoon I’m thinking about checking out the shops and terrific restaurants of Black Mountain, the Billy Graham exhibit at The Cove, a hike up Chimney Rock (I hear the view is truly one of God’s amazing wonders), a visit to the awesome and amazing Biltmore mansion in Asheville, or maybe just a leisurely drive to take in the sights of the Swannanoa Valley. So much to experience, so little time! I just may have to plan another visit before October!

One thing is for sure, you do not want to miss the awesome and amazing experience of Kids Ministry Conference. The worship leadership of Travis Cottrell, the tremendous speakers and breakout leaders, the terrific relationships, and Fall in the Blue Ridge Mountains all combine for one awesome and amazing experience!

Looking forward to seeing you October 8 – 10!

VBS Sightings at KMC Week!

It’s been a great week so far as our buildings have been filled with lots of Kids’ Ministry friends. You never know who you might meet on the elevator! As folks started to arrive on Monday, I wandered around to see some of the fun things that were happening. 

People were scurrying to early bird conferences and trying to decipher our challenging floor plan here at LifeWay. But, it’s always a pleasure to help point someone in the right direction. Lots of folks found Jeff Slaughter’s VBS music conference. I think I heard rumors about a Flash Mob being organized.

Jerry Wooley introduces Jeff Slaughter at KMC.

The LifeWay bookstore display was almost set up when I went by, and look what I found! VBS 2012 things already for sale!

VBS 2012 is here!

I love our Giant Inflatable Globe. I have tons of ideas for ways to use it. Come to think of it, I may need several!

Gotta have one of these! Or more!

The exhibits were in progress. Here are a few of our hard working friends getting the LifeWay Kids display picture perfect.

Getting it just right!

If you missed this year, you really missed a blessing, and we missed seeing you. :(

Hope to see you next year!