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Joplin Forest Park Kids Interim Leadership

Joplin Forest Park Kids Leaders,

The Board of Trustees asked me to consider taking on the role of Interim Kids Minister as a search team looks for the person God is leading to Forest Park as the new Kids Minister. I have prayed about this and feel that the Lord would have me serve in this position as a volunteer. I’m praying that the Lord will give me the wisdom and skill to accomplish all that He places before me. I hope that you also feel called to continue serving in the Forest Park Kids roles you are currently volunteering in at Forest Park!

Join me in praying that 2016 will be a great year for Forest Park Kids! I’m praying that we’ll have many opportunities to praise the Lord throughout the year as children take their next step toward God. Some will accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior, others will decide to be baptized as an outward expression of their faith in Christ, and many will discover truth in God’s word that will deepen their relationship with Him! What a blessing it is that the Lord allows us the privilege to witness the miracle of new birth unfolding in the lives of kids connected to Forest Park. Thank you for being part of an amazing team of leaders who love the Lord and have a heart for serving children. Whether you serve in Kid City, Awana, or VBS our focus is to provide a safe and irresistible place for our kids to learn the truth of God’s word as we build strong and loving relationships with kids!

Good communication is one of the keys to successful ministry. I will make every effort to communicate with you clearly and frequently as I already do with our Awana leaders. In order to do this I need you to take a few minutes to update your contact information so we can make any necessary changes in our church database. Please call the Church Office (417-623-4606) or email the your updated information to Lynna at I’ll be forming a Forest Park Kids email group and will communicate with you frequently as soon as we receive updated contact information. I will do my best to get up to speed with Kid City and VBS planning as quickly as possible.

Until then, pray!
• Pray for Leetta as she adjusts to retirement.
• Pray for the Holy Spirit to already be drawing someone as the new FP Kids Minister.
• Pray for wisdom and discernment for the search team.
• Ask God to draw our current Forest Park Kids leaders closer together - pray for each other.
• Pray for our kids during this transition time.
• Ask God to provide additional volunteers where needed.
• Pray that the Lord will use Forest Park Kids as a tool to reach kids and their families until His return!

“…The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” (James 5:16b)

Serving Him together!

Sheri Swadley – Interim Joplin Kids Minister

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January 11, 2016


Sheri Swadley



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