I didn’t realize the impact that a rubber cockroach would have on a child. 

I was at a kids’ camp with about 20 kids from our church when I decided to play a joke on a junior counselor.  We were in the cafeteria having lunch when the kids called her over to our table.  I put the roach in my mouth and waited for her to approach.  As she walked closer to the table, there were giggles and snickers from the kids sitting close by.  I signaled for her to stoop down closer to me, when suddenly I began to laugh and the roach fell out of my mouth.  BUSTED! 

Her reply was, “You wouldn’t have scared me!  You played that trick on me at kids’ camp when I was 9, and I’ve never forgotten you since.”

I realized then just how a minute of my time could impact the life of a child, and the importance of time spent with children.  I’m so glad I have made the decision to spend countless hours investing Christian values and self-confidence in the lives of children.  I wouldn’t trade my life with anyone.

Born and raised on the outskirts of New Orleans, Louisiana, Stacey has spent the past 35 years as a teacher and currently a children’s pastor and drama director.  She has created all types of stage productions that have been performed by countless youth in front of thousands.  She is currently fulfilling her goal of creating a series of books for young readers.

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