A Testimony from Tapachula, Mexico
“I then learned there would be a Family Conference [soon after the seminar] in Guadalajara and was moved to spend our church’s Sunday School budget to attend and learn about the Children's Institute. As the day approached, I realized I had been the head of children's ministries for eight years, was a teacher by trade and was already very qualified. [I] could teach children easily, and this Children's Institute thing might be just a little [thing] in my long list of accomplishments. I had never needed any training and was even planning to write my own curriculum. Why did I . . . need to go? I was having serious second thoughts about leaving my family and traveling so far. But, I followed through on my plan.“I was on an adventure with God. I thought, ‘I will receive some spiritual tips at this conference but God [has] a full banquet.’ I thought, ‘I will sleep in some dark dorm but God [has] prepared a mansion.’ My first impression [at the Family Conference] was observing sincere smiles, countenances full of joy, looks with special brightness in the eyes, and liberty and peace in those I saw.
“With a bad attitude I went to look for the person who would teach me about the Children's Institute, thinking, ‘I can’t wait to meet the one I will probably have to teach what to do with children!’ I expected to meet a mature . . . boring person but when I [met] her. . . .”
To be continued. Part 2 next week