Becoming Community Bible Study’s next Executive Director was the furthest thing from Kimm Carr’s thoughts when God told her she was done serving as a Teaching Director last summer. It had been her practice to ask God each year if she were to serve another year leading the Athens, Georgia, Day Class. When she asked in June last year, she expected He would probably say “yes,” like He had every year since she accepted the role in 2007. But He didn’t this time.
Once upon a time my Teaching Director asked me to pray about moving from my role as Core Leader to the Children’s Ministry. I had no experience working with young children. (I’d been a high school teacher. What was I going to do with little kids?)
I felt unqualified and nervous, so I prayed: “God, if this is where You want me to serve You, please remove the butterflies in my stomach and help me to love these little ones.”
When I was in college, I studied music, performed often, and traveled the country. During that time, I gave my heart to Jesus.
After graduation I married my college sweetheart, settled down, and started a family. I continued to sing locally and in church, and our lives were peaceful. One day, however, my son began having severe health problems.