About site founder, Connie Rice:
Growing up, I unaware that God cared about me personally and certainly did not understand the extent of Jesus’ sacrifice for my sins or that I could have a personal relationship with the Creator of the universe. My worldview was based on life experiences. Being independent-minded and fraught with emotional baggage, it was not until my second marriage faced serious problems that I finally got to the end of myself.
I got down on my knees and cried out to God. Not even sure if He was listening, I gave Him my life, my marriage, and my kids, and asked Him to please fix the situation. I was unaware at the time that Steve had also been praying for God’s help. He had made a decision for the Lord as a preteen, but had not received any discipleship afterward and drifted from church.
In three days, the wall of tension was gone and we could speak with each other and work through everything. We both knew that God had miraculously intervened, so began looking for a church to learn more about this God who cared. My eyes were opened to a spiritual reality that I previously didn’t even know existed. Determined not to waste another day, Steve and I have been following and serving Jesus ever since – me in children’s ministry and Steve in sound ministry. Through reading and studying the Bible, sermons, Bible studies, books, prayer, music, articles, & later through preparations to teach kids, the Lord revealed Himself to me and corrected my faulty thinking. The biological processes involved with renewing our mind are explained in a 90-second video clip from the “Treatment” series by “Elevation Church“, “The Human Brain”.
When our older daughter was a preteen, I saw things in her science textbook that I knew had been proven false and saw that the Judeo-Christian foundation in our nation’s history was not in her social studies material had been gleaned. I also saw that biographies available to students many times did not include the faith that motivated their contributions (ie. George Washington Carver). God gave me a passion for truth so I began researching evidence on my own and developed a library of books, DVDs, and magazines on Creation vs. Evolution and history so my kids would have a more balanced understanding. I took advantage of Bible Institute classes offered through a partnership of “The Master’s University” and local churches. I enjoyed Systematic Theology, Hermeneutics, Old Testament Survey, and became more interested in the Creation vs. Evolution debate through an elective class taught by David F. Coppedge of both “Creation/Evolution Headlines”and “Creation Safaris” (also a gifted photographer).
God impressed on my heart years ago that intentional ministry to preteens was needed with a place where they not only felt accepted and loved, but learned that actual evidence (rather than just evolutionary interpretations of the evidence) was better explained by the biblical account than by random, purposeless changes over time. My experience showed me that they were capable of learning at a deeper level than most curriculum provided, so I developed some apologetics series to give them answers before entering youth ministry so they could experience their own personal relationship with Jesus and own their faith, have opportunities to serve, and develop the knowledge & confidence to engage their world. I am in the process of redeveloping the series so they can be included on this website (copyright issues prevent me from sharing them – included clips from DVDs we owned as well as reproducible teaching resources). However, I would be happy to discuss them and provide PowerPoint slides for presentation series as well as information on resources used at no charge upon request.
After 27 years of working with kids, God has recently reaffirmed His calling on my life to equip the next generation with His love and truth. The last 17 of those years has been through directing children’s ministry in three churches. The Lord has had me in a time of green pastures recovering from surgeries as a result of injuries the prior year. It is clear now that physical limitations will not allow me to return to my previous role of directing children’s ministry, so I am following a pastor friend’s wisdom – to “trust God and do the next thing”. Trusting God is life’s ultimate adventure and I look forward with anticipation to where He will take me from here.
I’ve experienced peace, strength, joy, forgiveness, sense of purpose, & sustaining power in life’s inevitable trials from the One who created me. It’s available to anyone who fully trusts in Jesus Christ. We follow a great cloud of witnesses throughout history in proclaiming freedom and abundant life through Him. I have discovered personally that God wastes no pain. Although this world is broken due to mankind’s sin, those who keep their eyes on Jesus have supernatural help and look forward to a new heaven and a new earth without the tears, pain, & evil of our present world.
“Here I am, Lord – send me!”
In His hands, by His grace, and for His glory! Connie Rice
“I waited patiently for the Lord; He turned to me and heard my cry.Psalm 40:1-3
He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire;
He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.
He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in Him.”