I grew up singing. I loved choir of any kind. But I never aspired to actually teach and direct Kids Choir. The only reason I agreed to do it that first time was that no one else wanted the job.
“Okay, I will be glad to help out,” I said with my usual not-putting-any-thought-into-it enthusiasm.
“I’ll do it until you find someone who can actually teach kids to read music, sing in several-part harmony and, well, all the other things that go along with being an authentic music teacher.”
God has such a sense of humor. You see, my background was drama, speech and theatre. I sing, but I do not teach music. And certainly not to 30 little kids sitting in a classroom staring at me. I was willing to help with the children’s choir, but only until someone qualified came along.
You guessed it.
No one stepped forward.
The first year, I quit no fewer than 15 times. Finally, I told my husband the only way I could really get out of the situation was to change my name and leave the country. The year was 1970.
I am still here. Now it’s called Star P.A.K. (Performing Arts Kids).
So what changed? I shut up long enough to hear God’s plan for my life. The next thing I knew, I’d fallen in love watching each child blossom on stage.
Naturally, I began writing storytelling dialogue to go with the tunes, resulting in musical theatre. My heart exploded with joy as I watched kid’s lives change just from hearing the sound of applause.
It was then that I realized I had a platform to teach kids about God.
A few years later, I convinced the authorities to refer to this program as musical theatre instead of choir. After all, that is what it was. That is how my life continues to this day.
Musical theatre is in my DNA. God gives us the exact tools we need to serve Him. There is nothing better in this life than following His orders.
I know what I am doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I will listen. When you come looking for me, you will find me.” (The Message, Jeremiah 29:11-14)
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