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Overcoming shyness

August 9, 2017

Cherie Miner, director of Mobile United Methodist Missionaries, has been busy helping local churches throughout the southern half of Iowa on Vacation Bible Schools this summer. She tells the story of a little boy whose life was change by his experience.


On our first night of our first VBS this summer in Randolph, Iowa, we met a young man about 8 years old. He is very shy, so his mother stayed each night to help with VBS. Paige Jensen, our summer assistant, immediately began talking with him and drawing him out.

The next night, I sat with him at dinner and talked with him. His mother was amazed at the conversation. Then on the final night, we celebrated with a short program followed by ice cream.

The boy’s mother came up afterwards to share that her son was so shy, he had melted into tears at every other program, whether at school or elsewhere. But that night, you would never have known. He was just one of the kids. She was thrilled! Time and attention—love actually—does amazing things.

MUMMS is one of seven ministries supported by District Askings gifts from the local United Methodist churches in southeast Iowa. Thank you for your support!

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