I want to periodically feature Kidztown teachers, so I thought I'd start at the top! Today Erin Krotz has answered some questions about working at Gateway with our children.
What is your official position with Kidztown?
How long have you worked with Kidztown?
I am coming up on my 2 year anniversary with Gateway on April 8...which is my birthday!
Tell us about a time you were blessed by the kids.
I wish I was one of those people who loved study for the sake of studying or just to know, but I'm an extreme optimist who would rather be socializing. So it's hard for me to study the Bible for the sake of myself, but because I love people I will study it to share it with others. I think that's why God called me into ministry. He knew I'd study to impart truth to kids and in that process I grow in my relationship with God. I get all pumped up about what God is teaching me and then get to share with an audience of kids who are just as excited as I am. It's like they're my accountability partners. They hold me accountable to put my relationship with Christ first.
So every time I'm with the kids and they ask good questions that challenge me I'm blessed. Let me just say I'm blessed a lot!!!
Tell us about a life you've seen touched.
Okay parents, I'm gonna let you in on a little secret...at Centri-kid Camp I highly encourage pranks. Mostly because I think they're funny, but I have two rules: no person or property can be harmed and you have to run it past a leader first.
Well this past year our girls nailed it. They got Oreo cookies, scraped out the cream and replaced it with tooth paste. They then gave it to one of the boys' leaders and had him pretend that he got them just for the boys. As they began to eat them, they began asking questions like "why is the cream so runny?" or "are these mint Oreos?". All the girls started giggling and then they shared what they did. The boys couldn't think of a retaliation that didn't harm a person or property.
That night it the midst of the chaos one of our fourth grade boys started lurking behind me. I was certain he was going to try to prank me. He offered his skittles to me and hesitantly I took some, but made sure he ate some first!
I asked him what was up and he said he thought it was time he prayed to receive Christ. I asked him if he had ever prayed that prayer before and he told me several times at night in bed by himself. So I ask what was different about this time. He said it was the first time he ever told anyone else about it. I almost started crying, but since I didn't want to freak out a fourth grade boy I resisted. I prayed with him and it was the first time I really heard a kid pray with confession of real sin. I knew he felt the conviction of the Holy Spirit and these weren't just wrought words, but a deep heart felt cry to God. I promise you I was still holding back my tears!
Now as a fifth grader I see God completing the work He began even before that night at camp. The other day at roller skating he asked me if he accidentally knocked down a little girl would he have to apologize. I told him that he would and he responded "ok I really don't like talking to people I don't know, but I'll do it." This is the work only God can do on a fifth grade boy heart!
Thanks so much for that peek into your heart and the way God is working through Kidztown, Erin!