“KidStock 2013 may have been the best we have ever had,” said co-founder Angie Wagoner. 424 children may have showed up for a backpack full of school supplies, but they received so much more this year at GAP’s back-to-school celebration.
As families arrived, they were grouped into clusters that moved together through the event. First, each child received a backpack full of grade-appropriate school supplies. Next, they heard a Bible story and saw a skit presenting the Gospel message. Then they moved to a room where every child sat in a chair and had their feet washed while being told the story of Jesus washing the disciples’ feet. The children heard how Jesus came to serve and to save. After their feet were washed, they were given a brand new pair of shoes. Words cannot describe how excited some of these kids were with their shoes.
Throughout the day families enjoyed playing carnival style games. Many children had a hard time choosing what prizes to get with the tickets they had won playing the games. We also had plenty of free food throughout the day. Many families came early and stayed until late in the afternoon.
What a wonderful day! The Word of God and the Gospel was shared throughout this event in various ways. We were excited this year to have Chris Sullivan who is a former professional wrestler with us. Several times during the day he shared the Gospel message and his testimony of how God changed his life. At the end of the day, 8 adults and 4 children made professions of faith in Jesus Christ. One lady recommitted her life to grow in her relationship with Christ. Several others raised their hands but we were unable to get their personal information.
This is what GAP is all about. Meeting people at their point of need – this time it was a need for school supplies and shoes – and sharing with them the love of Jesus Christ.
KidStock 2013 was such a success because of our many partners like you. 101 volunteers from seven different churches and the Left Beaver Fire Department helped on the actual day. However, there were hundreds of others who sponsored a child, donated supplies and prayed for this event. Thank you all for your partnership, support and prayers. God truly blessed this event in a mighty way. Please join us in giving praise to the Father!