Kari Gibson

Kari Gibson

Springfield, MO / James River Assembly

Kari Gibson is the proud daughter of marriage and parenting guru Gary Smalley. She learned at an early age how to dream big, pray boldly, and love people. She is the author of four children’s books and blogs at My Crazy Adoption where she writes about everyday life—marriage, family, adoption, orphan care, and all the other things that celebrate the craziness of life.

She married her high school sweetheart, Roger, who is the Senior Director of Adult and Family Ministries for the Assemblies of God. Roger and Kari live in Springfield, MO with their three super-kids.

In 2008, Kari and Roger they started their ministries: Simply Love and Man Up and Go. This launched them on a radical sixteen month God-sized adventure that transformed their family forever. They sold their home and lived in Ethiopia, serving a slum community and leper colony. Next, they spent two months in rural Haiti living in an orphanage, sharing the gospel with the lost, and caring for the sick. Finally, they headed to Nicaragua where they hosted mission teams, built homes in the poorest communities, and loved big at a orphanage specializing in treating malnourished children.

Kari's advice is, “If God asks you to let it go—do it! Be obedient. Do good. In 1 Timothy 6:18 Jesus requires us to be rich in good works, to be generous, and to be ready to share.”

A JBQ Winning Attitude

Whether your quizzers are on the winning team, or the team that came up just a little short, it’s your job as a parent or coach to make sure they react the right way. Here are three keys to making sure your quizzers are prepared to handle the joy of victory and the agony of defeat.

Keeping JBQ Practice Fun and Engaging

Each year we start off our JBQ season reminding parents of our number-one goal for their children: We want them to have fun! Some may say this goal is not appropriate. It could be said a better goal would be for kids to have God’s Word hidden in their hearts or to have a team do well in competition. I contend, though, that if kids are having fun, both things will happen naturally.

Outreach Assimilation

As summertime approaches, you are probably planning your summer outreaches and ministry events. Summer can be very busy in the kidmin world, so it’s important for us to have an attack plan before June 1st rolls around. As vital as the event itself is to plan, it is equally crucial to have a plan of attack to get all those kids to come back to church on the weekends.

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