Leah Hyatt - Alberta Advocate
I grew up in the border town of Lloydminster in a loving Christian family. My parents encouraged me spiritually as they lived out their own faith. I really look up to my brother and consider him to be a fountain of Godly wisdom.
I feel as if I have led a Timothy life. (2 Timothy 1:5). I have a sincere faith that has been encouraged since childhood. My parents signed me up in an Awana Cubbies program as a child and this is where I feel my Christian journey began.
Each and every day through public school I recognized the choice to either live for Christ or to live for the world. When I was 15, I participated in an Awana mission trip. During this trip I was further encouraged to make life decisions which drew me even closer to God and led me to a firmer decision to follow Jesus Christ.
I have been involved with Awana for 24 years and I want to continue to be involved. In this role I have the opportunity to work alongside local churches who are reaching kids with the Gospel and teaching them to know, love and serve Jesus Christ. I believe every child should have the choice that I had. (Joshua 24:15) “And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”
The leaders that I had as a child attending Awana programs, were very relational. They made sure I memorized the verses, but they also encouraged me, walked through many challenges with me and cared for me. Awana International Canada wants to see more children reached with the gospel through relational discipleship and the multiplication of leaders, and so do I. In my role I have the opportunity to equip and train leaders. I believe in what I am doing and pray daily for God’s blessing on this ministry as we work to glorify Him.
One thing about me that might surprise you is that I love flying a plane and found skydiving quite boring. I have stalled a plane at an aviation camp and find it very exciting. Much to the dismay of my parents who had hoped I would get flying out of my system, aviation camp only cemented that love. When the opportunity to skydive came about, I thought it would be terrifying, but instead, during the freefall I couldn’t help but think I was leaving my best friend behind.
If you want to know more about my role with Awana including Awana’s approach to leader training and leadership development, please contact me anytime.