Iliana fulfilled her final requirement for her God and Me award with a zoom meeting with Pastor Crystal, Children’s Church Director at Discovery Church International in Jacksonville, NC, and special guest Debra Hazlewood from P.R.A.Y.
Iliana knew her stuff! From reciting the Lord’s Prayer, describing her scribble pet (“I made a centipede because I love all bugs - except cockroaches - but especially roly poly bugs!”), explaining the prayer cube, showing the games she made, and telling her favorite part (“Learning that God created me!”), Iliana was excited to show what she learned. As Pastor Crystal commented, “What I love about all this, is that I can tell it is all in your heart … it is a part of you.” What a beautiful outcome of the God and Me program!
Iliana completed the God and Me program at home with the help of her grandma Charisse who is grateful for the experience. “I get so busy being an adult, that I forget that I am a child of God, too. This program was a good reminder for me.” Charisse is looking forward to when Iliana can earn the next P.R.A.Y. award, but until then she is planning on filling the gap with Bible Basics RP3 patches.
Sitting in on Iliana’s final review with Pastor Crystal was also a good reminder for Debra Hazlewood of the excitement and sense of accomplishment that kids have when completing the God and Me award and the life lessons that they learn. Iliana said it best when telling what she learned: “We took a path to be closer to God, and we learned how God is close to us and loves us.”
Thanks, Iliana, for sharing that important lesson. Blessings to you!