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Growing in Abundancy

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If I had to choose a word to label the season we are heading into not only here at Champion Dance School, but Champion Church, it would have to be Abundancy. The new year has brought new ideas, new energy, and new blessings. Coming off the Jesus is Born season there is almost a tangible spirit of unity in the air. Teams are growing stronger and larger. The church as a whole if growing stronger and larger, and Champion Dance School is no different. Last semester was such an incredible learning season. Kassandra and I took on, undoubtedly, our biggest role to date when we became directors of the school and spent last semester on a roller coaster trying to learn how to navigate on our new adventure. But this semester, something is different. We feel much more settled in to our roles, have made it through the churches two biggest outreaches with flying colors, and grew stronger in our faith than ever before.

It was right around the end of Jesus is Born, we began to ask ourselves what would our lives look like over the next 6 months? Were we going to have more students, more teachers, more classes, would there be any abundance? Was there going to be developments in our personal lives? What sort of amazing things did God have in store for the entire church? We couldn’t have began to imagine! The last month has been a whirlwind. Our school is growing bigger every day with four new classes, two new teachers, and several beautiful new ballerinas joining our family. Kassandra became engaged on Christmas Eve and is planning her upcoming wedding. Champion Church is introducing new CORE curriculum to strengthen our growing congregation and bring out the Champion in all of us.

“God will provide rain for the seeds you sow. The grain that grows will be abundant.” Isaiah 30:23. We sow seeds of faith, knowing that nothing goes unnoticed in the Kingdom of God. We give to others, knowing that God will never forget to give back to us when we are ready to receive. I am thankful for the abundant season we have come into and know that we are barely scratching the surface of all that God has in store for Champion Church and Champion Dance School.

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This Is So Much More Than Dance

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What matters? I was asked this question by a ministry leader only a few days ago. My automatic response was Champion Dance School. He proceeded to ask, why does it matter? His questions resurfaced a longing to understand that has burned within me for some time now. After months of searching, I have found the answer.

Six months ago I was working a eight to five desk job and silently asking God “is there more than this?”. Taking a leap of faith, I left my job to follow my heart and boldy chase after the plans and purpose God had for me, even if i wasn’t sure quite what it was. As God’s timing would have it, I ran face first into the opportunity to take over leadership of the dance school and be the new director along with my best friend Kassandra. Talk about a God appointment right? From the moment we have stepped into this role I haven’t been able to shut off one thought that continues to play on repeat in my mind, “Am I truly the right person for this position?”.

The bible talks about the passion David lived with all throughout his life. When the ark of the covenant was being brought to Jerusalem, the bible says “David, wearing a line ephod, danced before the Lord with all his might.” He rejoiced knowing a symbol of God’s presence was being brought to Israel. His wife belittled him, saying it was not right for him to wear linen and dance in the streets, for he was to be a great King, but to him none of these things mattered. David fixed his eyes on God and never looked away, he rejoiced in God and praised him. He is called “the man after God’s own heart”, because he lived for God’s will above his own. David is the greatest King spoken of in the bible, God set him apart, and it wasn’t because he was strong, smart, or brave, it was simply because God saw the true intentions of his heart. David knew what mattered.

Today again I ask myself, “Am I truly the right person for this position?”. The answer is yes, because I have learned what matters. We are not trying to build a dance school full of perfect ballerinas, with perfect turnout, and perfect plies. We are building a school that glorifies God and radiates love. When are dancers walk out of class, our goal is for each and every one of them to feel the love of Jesus shining through each and every one of us. We want parents to feel open and comfortable coming to us with questions, concerns, advice, counsel or prayer. Most of all, we want to create an enviornment where dancers feel they are loved, valued, and anointed by God, with a plan and a purpose to take into the world. And we see it, each time we hear “Miss Kassandra, can I pray?” or “Miss Audri, I love you!”. They are what matters, our  purpose is what matters, our hearts are what matters. This is so much more than dance. 

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Christmas Lights and “Zip Ties”

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I went to set up our Christmas tree the other day. It is a pre-lit tree and quite simple to assemble. I got it into place and plugged it in…….NOTHING HAPPENED!!!!! Where was the glow of the lights?? I checked all of the connections and tried again – still nothing.
It was at this moment that I knew there was a decision to make; do we try to re-light the tree (which meant cutting off each little tiny zip tie – of which there were several on every single branch) or do we simply get a new tree? After examining both avenues thoroughly, the decision was made in favor of a new tree.

The old tree was removed and the new one was purchased and then set into the older tree’s spot. when it was assembled and plugged in everything worked perfectly.

As I thought about all of this, I realized just how thankful I am that God doesn’t see the removal of the “zip ties” – things that seem to keep me tied up – as not worth the time of removing and repairing. I am so grateful that He will not throw me out – like I did with the tree – but repair and restore me when I have “dark spots”. Praise God!!!!

Ephesians 5:8 reminds us, “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of the light.”

*Helpful Diaper Bag Tips*

To make your child’s stay as comfortable as possible when you take him or her to daycare or Sunday school, you need to be prepared. Here are some helpful tips on what to take along in the diaper bag. This list is not all inclusive, as your son or daughter grows, things may be added or removed from the diaper bag.

* diapers -your child will need an appropriate amount for the time they will be in the childcare setting

* wet wipes

* a change of clothes

* plastic bag for soiled items

* bottle/sippy cup

* formula

* special food/snacks

* pacifier/toy

* medications/ointments

* written instructions for feeding, special needs, medications

Blessings,

Kim

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What is Your Number?

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What is your Number?

My First Blog

 

Someone” gave me a number”. Not exactly sure what it means but the best I can figure it means I have to share 10 random things about myself.  I asked my sixteen year old what it means and she said, ” I have no idea. Facebook is for old people. Everybody does snap chat now.” Whatever that is.

 

One of those “old” Facebook friends of mine suggested that we should all share random things about ourselves because it would help us all get to know each other better. Great idea!  So here is my top 10.

 

  1. I do not have a receding hairline. My hair has always covered the same area.  I just have less of it than I use to.
  2. I get really irritated when people doubt God’s willingness and eagerness to heal us. They say things like, “..heal me Father…if it’s your will.” Believe it!  And then leave the how and when to God.  But believe it with every fiber of your being.
  3. I was a Royal Cadet, the Jr. Chapter of the Canadian Army in Canada.  It is a lot like the Boy Scouts but with a ROTC kind of discipline.
  4. When I get involved in a project I get really pumped about it because I can see the ultimate goal so clearly. It’s just a matter of knocking out the steps in between one at a time until it is done.
  5. I grew up in the big city of Vancouver, BC. Being a city kid, my favorite thing to do after school was to go to the arcades. Now, as an adult, I play Ikarim to unwind. That is the only game I play now.  I don’t bother playing Play Station because it isn’t fun losing to a 14 year old all the time.
  6. I am amazed that it is November and I am still wearing shorts. It’s crazy. It’s awesome. I will never get tired of that…or will I?  I hope not.
  7. Every night before I went to bed my mom and I would say to each other, “Goodnight. Love you. See you in the morning.” I couldn’t go to sleep unless we said it to each other. Shirlee and I have said it each night of our 19 year marriage. It is sure hard to go to bed mad or offended saying that.  More than once we have stayed up till the early hours of the morning working things out so we could say that and mean it.
  8. When I was about 14 I got stuck in a chain link fence while playing football.  I caught the ball and started running.  Everybody was looking at me funny and I couldn’t understand why. I guess I had blood all over me.  It didn’t phase me because I had and still have a very high threshold for pain.
  9. I hardly ever watch just TV I have to have three other things going on. I watch TV, listen to live stream sermons of podcast and do my online class all at the same time. It drives my wife crazy but It works for me. Oh, I DO NOT watch commercials. I use that time to watch other tv shows.
  10. I have been in poverty growing up but God always gave us food and clothes to wear.  I have suffered devastating disappointments but God worked it out better than it could have ever been the first way. People have let me down, but God has always been there and never failed me, God has always kept his promises. God has always brought people into my life who have loved and encouraged. I am incredibly blessed to be apart of the Champion family, working under two of the greatest pastors in the world!

 

Champions! I’m giving you a number.  Your number is 3.  Yes, it’s a small number but It’s a start.  Share three things about yourself with someone else this week.  Get to know each other. Let’s do life together! I’m so thankful for each and everyone at Champion church we are so blessed to be a part of a incredible family and look forward to see the great things that God has in store for all of us. We have only lived in Yuma for about 5 months how and it feels so much like home. We truly have come home to a great family.

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Am I Making A Difference?

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Hi!
Have you ever wondered if you are truly making a difference in what you are doing?
I found myself wondering if I was really making a difference in the lives of these wonderful children entrusted to me every week here at Champion. You know, when you feel like perhaps what you are doing isn’t enough. Then, one day while I was shopping I heard, “Mrs. Kim!” squealed from across the store. The next thing I knew, I was enveloped in a running hug from one of my small friends. This has happened several times. It makes a difference in my day and in my perspective. It also makes a difference in the lives of the people the kids are with – especially if they don’t know me. :) It gives me a chance to tell them and others around what I do and where.

 
When this happened I realized I must be making a difference. I don’t ever want to stop learning to be and do all that God has for me to do. I want to continue making a difference in the lives of these children and their families.
I realized just spending time with them and loving them makes a difference. In Matthew 19:14 Jesus says, “Let the little children come to Me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these.” NLT. I couldn’t find a better reason to love on and grow with these kids!

 

Helpful Nursery/Preschool Tips
If you have never left your child with anyone, leaving them alone in the Church’s nursery/preschool for the first time may be traumatic for the both of you. Making sure your child and teachers are prepared and have what they need can truly make a good difference in how your child responds the first few times you leave them.

 
The first thing that you can do is be calm. This will help make the experience a happy occasion. If your child seems upset, stay with the child for the first couple of visits and help with the class. It may prove to help you too.

 
One thing that helps many families is preparing their anxious child by having someone babysit them several times, so their child is used to them going away and returning again.

 
To help the teachers at any daycare or at Champion, have a list of ‘special cries and actions’ – I’m wet, hungry, tired…. This way the teachers will know them. Bringing a special comforting toy, blanket or whatever that he/she likes can help to put your child at ease.

 
If you are comfortable and you know the child isn’t in any real trauma, don’t be afraid to leave your son or daughter if they are crying. If they are having a difficult time, we will page you to come back.

 
Come in before your child’s first day in the nursery/preschool and see what we are doing, fill out the info card and get a copy of the handbook. We’d love to show you around and make you feel comfortable too!

 
Following these simple tips can make a huge difference in helping you to prepare your son or daughter and yourself when getting them used to going to church. When they realize how much fun they have, they won’t want to leave!

 
I know from experience that leaving your precious little ones can be very difficult, but the benefits my children and I received from following these tips made it so much easier. I thank God for the wonderful people He surrounded our children with when we started to leave them in Sunday School, He is Awesome!
Blessings,
Kim

I want to Inspire People. I want someone to look at me and say, "Because of you I didn't give up."

CHAMPION’S INSPIRE!

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I want to inspire people. I want someone to look at me and say, ‘Because of you, I didn’t give up.’

It was so encouraging to see this Instagram post from @laur3ncraft! I wanted to share it with those who inspire me the most in life… You, the Champion!!

It’s SO important for us to stop and pause, taking a moment to reflect on the BLESSING and INSPIRATION we are in the lives of others. “YOU” ARE A TRUE BLESSING and “YOU” INSPIRE MANY!!!

Today Pastor Stephen and I were out at the Pumpkin Patch and seeing all the orange tee-shirts was an incredible sight. Of course the Champion Volunteers were in full form as they prepared to lead little ones from station to station.

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