Preteen -

Student shares unforgettable story in front of thousands —

By Becca Haines

Patrick Snow said he loves the unexpected moments that happen when he pulls a preteen onto stage. CIY’s senior director of weekend events said he’s pulled hundreds of preteens onto the SuperStart stage over the past 15 years, and to this day he can never guess what they’re going to say when they’re on stage in front of thousands of their peers.

One recent experience at a SuperStart event in Tulsa was particularly awe-inspiring, he said. After Snow led the preteen audience in filling out “Tell It” cards – a resource designed specifically for a preteen audience that provides a simple step-by-step format for sharing what God has done in their lives – he invited fourth grader Meredith Rogers to the stage to share her story. What Meredith said when she was up there blew everyone in the audience away.

 

“My name is Meredith and I’m 10 years old,” she said. “My mom and dad are divorced, and one night my dad told my sister and I that we could ask him anything we wanted. I asked him if he believed in God, and he said that he honestly didn’t. It made me sad, angry and disappointed. I’ve been praying about it and we’ve been able to have more talks about it, and even though he still isn’t saved I know God is with us. I know God is helping me and my family. And that is what God has done for me.”

 

After thunderous applause from the crowd, Rogers rejoined her youth group from First Mennonite Brethren Church in Wichita, Kansas. She said she wasn’t scared to share her story on the stage – or ever will be now that she has the help of the “Tell It” cards.

 

“I love SuperStart,” she said. “The worship is nothing like I’ve ever done, and the ‘Tell It’ cards are awesome. You don’t have to come up with all the words on your own. You just follow the directions, answer the questions and it’s your story.”

 

The 2018/2019 SuperStart tour will conclude in April in Chicago, Illinois. To learn more, visit ciy.com/superstart.