Six Days After K-Fest 2011.

KindlingsFest 2011 is now behind me by six days. What a magical week! 370 registered; 50+ camped onsite; 50+ kids in the Kindlings Kamp program; 190 buffet lunches served. The logistics are starting to overwhelm our system, but when I think about the transcendent luminescence of what transpired I am in awe. (Photo Jeff Johnson, Brian Moss, Dick Staub and Michael Card).

What a rich banquet was served by our speakers and artists: Jerry Root, Michael Card, Eric Metaxas, Nigel Goodwin, Lawrence McAdams, Susan Osborne, Storling Dance, Theatre, Tony Payne, Karin Stevens Dance, Jeff Johnson and Brian Moss, Tara Ward, Sundance Select movies with Jeff Keuss.

We explored turning mourning into dancing and I watched it happen as tears were shed, hugs offered. I saw the laughter and giggling, dancing, drinking and eating, new friends made. Little film canisters with mourning beads shook to the sound of Grant and team singing Garments of Praise.

Registrants brought visual art and poems, and songs enriching BagEnd. And the budget was met when over $20,000 on donations came in during the four days.

What about me? Six days later, what am I feeling and thinking?

I am exhausted.

I am overwhelmed with gratefulness for the way people showed up

And how God’s presence flowed into this space and the lives in it.

I am moved by the volunteer efforts of so many, especially the people of Orcas Island Community Church.

John Updike said, “I feel closest to God when I am writing.” When do I feel close to God? Many ways, but one of them is at an event like KindlingsFest, which has moved from concept to reality and whose sum exceeds the parts I envisioned.

There is nothing more satisfying then bringing your simple little loaves ands fishes to God and then watching them multiply in God’s hands.

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner.

 

Posted in Staublog in August 5, 2011 by | 2 Comments »

2 Responses to Six Days After K-Fest 2011.

  1. ST080511 | Dick Staub on August 5, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    […] John Updike said, “I feel closest to God when I am writing.” When do I feel closest to God? Many ways, but one of them is at an event like KindlingsFest, which has moved from concept to reality and whose sum exceeds the parts I envisioned. Read More. […]

  2. Kathleen on August 5, 2011 at 4:45 pm

    Thank you for dreaming it into being. Gratefulness abounds on the mainland.

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