so. i’m going on a trip, as you might now.
to run a creative arts camp for some kids in thailand.
here is what i shared with the people about the team i’m coming with: and can i say that i couldnt be more excited!
I’m (Robyn Collins) going to give you my personal view on the team and why God was so kind when heallowed us to bring who he is allowing us to bring.
Henry Bieber – he is serving as the pastor speaker at this conference. at our campus he serves as thecampus counselor with a very impassioned heart for seeing life-change in people. he has kindness andunderstanding that humble me every time we have a conversation. he will pour love and nourishmentinto the members of your group, as well as sound biblical teaching and truth. i have seen him do this andit is remarkable. what a bonus that the oldest group of kids will have him as their “person” throughoutthe week. the biebers
Holly Bieber – she is the wife of Henry, and one of the most creative people i know. she works as adecorator, but uses unusual items to create beautiful art. she shops at thrift stores and habitat forhumanities outlets. she is wise, kind, patient, and regularly puts herself in the role of “dishwasher”(meaning, she wil do whatever is needed without thinking it is below her) and serves alongside herhusband with grace and passion. she will lead the art experiences and WOW… she will make thespiritual applications while teaching and guiding kids to see the beauty of who they are. the biebers have two sons in college.
Jason Dyba – he is the worship leader, and one of the most unbelievable musicians i have ever known.he is humble, yet brilliant. he is creative, yet diligent and methodical. he is an extremely accomplishedsong writer and creative director. he creates worship experiences that would take your breath away.when i knew he was coming on the trip, there was no way i was going to let these kids miss out on theopportunity to learn with him. they will have the gift of writing a song with him… if my own kids couldhave 4 days and 45 minutes a day to do music with jason, it would be an unbelievable blessing. he isincredibly humble about his talent and his gifts. he is in his late twenties and single.
Jeff Lemmonds – our a/v genius with the heart of gold. jeff and his wife (who is a school librarian) haveseason passes to disney world. he loves story. and he loves making things come alive. he is a geniuswhen it comes to technical things but also extremely humble about the things that he holds in his brain.for the most part jeff will be hanging pretty close to the main adult stuff, running a/v. you will noticethat he never makes anyone feel stupid for what they do not know and he will help with patience andkindness. when we get to have him in SHINE Camp we will be glad for it, but i also know that with himhelping in the adult group things will go as smoothly as they possibly could. he is in his twenties and theyare currently trying to have their first child.
Emily Roberts – in her day job, she works for lifeway in the church music department. at long hollow sheserves every week as a worship leader in childrens ministry with kindergarten and first graders. she wasthe first person on board for this trip. she has an unbelieveable heart for what we are doing. she hasraised enough support by selling cookbooks and other things that she contacted me to find out who elseneeded help paying for this trip. she proceeded to give her bonus to one of our team members so thathe would be able to come. she has a calm nature and giving spirit. that’s why i put her with your girls 5-10.
John Ball – John is a retired military veteran. He is an IT expert, yet he plays the bass in the worship bandfor Jason on a regular basis. He has two children in college. one is studying to be a forest ranger. i dontremember what the other one is studying. he is a tall, gentle, kind red-haired man who will serve whereneeded. He is in his 40′s.
Gary Jennings – Gary also works for Lifeway in their purchasing department. He plays the keyboard ona regular basis for Jason. He is very thorough and on task. He has been doing alot of research aboutThailand and the area and will be up to the task of leading humbly and with wisdom. He is in his 50′s.
Tiffany Hostetler – sister to Brent Hostetler (GCC) working with the Xiasha team in Hangzhou. Sherecently graduated from the University of Kentucky with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education.She spent one summer specifically taking care of a 5 month old and watches small babies at her clubtoo. She has a servant spirit and will be working in the baby room.
ME - I moved to Long Hollow from Prestonwood in texas last summer. Since arriving here i have beenconstantly amazed at the heart for missions that exists in our church in middle tennessee. we honorthose who commit their lives to it. I serve as the Children’s Treehouse Minister, which means I’m thecreative minister for Long Hollow Kidz. Basically I write dramas and video concepts for kids that wesee each week. I have written a show for kids for Smile of a Child network, which we will be sharingwith your kids. It can be seen every Saturday on TBN here in the states. I have been a graphic designer,curriculum writer and author over the years. I host a monthly actor’s workshop as a communityoutreach and church body inreach, and have helped run multiple creative arts camps over my years inchildrens ministry. I have 4 kids, 1 husband, 1 dog.
so… you see… this is a unique set of gifts, talents, and passions that this particular team is bringing… itseemed obvious to me what we should do with your kids. i have thought about this backwards, forwardsand inside out… made lists and charts and rearranged and arranged kids. and i’ve prayed. and i’vehad friends praying that we would be wise and do God’s best things. but we are all flexible. teachable.willing. i can assure you that any adjustments that need to be made to make it better … we will be thefirst ones to say “let’s change it”