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  • July 2008

    I can’t help but get discouraged at times about our lack of workers in the children’s department. It’s easy to stay optimistic until your faced with a classroom with one teacher and 20 girls… and the teacher needs to go to the restroom. That’s when I can get a little frustrated… and yes… even angry.

    Where are the people!?! Where are they for the love of God? They’re all here… they’re just in service right?

    Well it must be because I’m doing something wrong. I’m not promoting the need enough… or I’m doing it in the wrong way… and now we look needy. Check the bulletin ad, make a cute or heart-tearing video. Have the pastor make an announcement. It’s all the same… 12 applications and maybe 2 people start working. But in the time it took to process those 12 applications there have been three put in their 2 week notice.

    At the end of the day the only thing that has given me peace is that Jesus had the same issue. Luke 10:2 “He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”

    If the greatest human/God/man that ever walked the earth had worker shortages… then who the heck am I to get frustrated? But let’s look at this verse starting from the back. Who’s field is it? God’s! Who’s job is it to provide the labor? God’s! Who do we ask? God!

    Where’s the advice on recruiting?

    So I’ll continue to put the need out there in print, video, and verbals… but after it’s all said and done… I’m praying to the Lord of the harvest to send me some laborers. It’s His field.

    Plus, the right people, God-called people, they’re worth waiting for.

    I found a list of free apps over at KidzTurn Labs.

    Play hangman on screen or download a free timer.

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    projectorIf you’re like me, volunteers are hard to find and when we do find someone, we need them with the kids. It makes it hard to keep someone free to work sound and media. Let me share the tools I use that have greatly simplified my media presentations during service and released me from the need of a sound person (for the most part). [click to continue…]

    And we’re back again! James shares a simple way to take the guesswork out of your volunteer placement, tracking, and needs. Plus a new show format, phone number and more!

    Links mentioned in the show:
    bubbl.us
    cmconnect.org
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    Camp Games 2008 - Giant Claw 

    Check out this post on Nobody’s Listening featuring the Kids Camp games I created, built and ran at this summer’s Southern Missouri Kids Camp.

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