being a single gal in kidmin can often times leave one feeling alone and isolated in ministry. this was the case for a season before i became involved in group’s kidmin conference last year. the speakers were amazing and the worship uplifting, but one thing that has continued to encourage and support me throughout the year is the connections i made at the conference.
these fellow servants in ministry were merely avatars on a screen with occasional tweets or messages on facebook until we spent time in authentic conversation. after a week of laughing, praying, crying, and sharing these people felt more like ministry family.
this kidmin family became even more dear to my heart recently when i moved states to begin a new adventure in ministry. the amount of encouragement, prayers, and support i received from my kidmin community was overwhelming. they got it. they understood leaving a place i had invested in for so long was hard. several of them were also walking through the transition process and i know each one is just a phone call, email, or tweet away. what a gift!
for me, the kidmin conference is a place:
to renew my passion for ministering to children and families,
to freely worship at the feet of the Savior i love to serve,
to experience a new level of learning,
but most importantly to connect with others who inspire, challenge, and encourage me.