“More in Love with JESUS”We recently wrapped up our annual International Kids’ Conference (IKC), and praise God for a powerful camp! We had a record number of participants from 13 states and Canada. The theme for this year’s International Kids’ Conference was “More in Love with Jesus.”
A Fun Way To Learn About Jesus
We had two services per day, which, of course, is the main reason we put on IKC, but we also had some fun activities in the afternoons. It has been said that the International Kids’ Conference is the fun way to learn about Jesus, and fun was definitely had by all.
A Lot of Work
There’s a lot of work involved in organizing the International Kids’ Conference. From months of preparation, to registration, to setting up equipment, to serving meals, to overseeing the children at the fun events, to praying with them at the altars—we saw our volunteers step up and selflessly give of themselves. If I were to name names, I may end up missing some, but I must highlight two individuals. First, I would like to mention Pastor Mike Hyde, the assistant pastor of Salvation Station, who missed many services during this year’s conference to make sure that things would always be set up and ready. The other person I want to mention is the hardest working volunteer—my wife, Ana. She summed it all up when she said, “Seeing the kids at the altars makes all the work worthwhile.”
There’s Nothing Like Seeing Children Worshipping!
There is nothing like seeing children worship God. Children have a level of belief that is often envied by adults. No wonder Jesus said, “Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein” (Mark 10:15). Statistics prove that those from toddler age to preteen are the easiest to reach with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
They Came Eager to Receive
From the beginning of the first note, the children and adults in attendance seemed eager to receive. As the preaching ended, children literally ran to the altars and started worshipping God. This would become the norm for every service, whether it was Pastor Scott Corbin, Pastor Mario Nash, Pastor David Cavazos, Children Evangelist Angela Schneiderman, or me doing the teaching. Just as the pastors were eager to minister, the children came eager to receive.
Salvation Station Worship Team
What can I say about the music? The Salvation Station Worship Team, under the leadership of Pastor Jonathan Steele and Pastor Justin Reese, was heavily anointed and freely operated in the Spirit. Their rendition of “I’ve Got the Joy Down in My Heart” got the kids up on their feet, just as their choices of worship songs had them weeping before the Lord during the altar calls.
This year, we placed our services on Facebook. Overall, 131,436 people had the opportunity to watch. Nearly 8,000 people viewed Friday night’s service, with Pastor Mario Nash. People from Ireland, Brazil, Honduras, Italy, Canada, and other places were our special guests for IKC.
Filled With the Holy Spirit
Friday night’s service, like all of the services, was heavily anointed; however, it was the altar call that made that night so special. Partway through the 90-minute altar call, children began to be filled with the Holy Spirit, with the initial evidence of speaking in other tongues as presented in the Bible. In turn, they started praying for other children. They even laid hands on adults who also received. Some parents sat patiently as the Holy Spirit did a work in their children while others joined in at the altar.
Thank you to all who participated in this year’s International Kids’ Conference. Thank you to the children’s pastors from various churches who brought their kids to attend. Thank you to the employees of Jimmy Swaggart Ministries from the different areas who helped us put on the best IKC ever. Thank you to Brother and Sister Swaggart, Pastor Donnie and Sister Debbie, and Pastor Gabe and Sister Jill for your ongoing support of the children’s ministry here at Family Worship Center. Most of all, thank You, Lord, for helping the kids and adults fall more in love with Jesus.