Posted in Students | By Shades Staff | Posted on Tue Feb 24, 2015
Posted in Adults | By Laura DiFatta | Posted on Wed Feb 18, 2015
"We've just gotten him stable, but he still may die."
Those were the only words the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit head physician spoke to us before she turned around and left the room. She and several other cardiologists and residents had worked on our nine-week-old son, Trent all night long to save his life. Twenty-four hours before, we had been living a normal life. Suddenly our normal had turned into a nightmare.
In May of 2010, we welcomed a healthy, nine pound and 11 ounce Trent— the youngest of three boys— into our family. We took him home and we all began acclimating to life with a newborn. We were exhausted, but happy
Posted in Adults | By Sandra Mogle | Posted on Tue Feb 17, 2015
Sandee (Stephanson) Mogle grew up on the beaches of San Diego, CA. Her parents offered little moral guidance or love which led to a long string of boyfriends with no direction. Leaving college after a year, and the need to support her cute red convertible, Sandee set out in search of a job.
After graduating 'stewardess' school for the Pacific Southwest Airline, Sandee became an official stewardess. The standard uniform for PSA at that time was hot pants and boots! Life was basically carefree as she flew from one location to another. However her totally self absorbed life was leaving a wake of destruction and feelings of utter emptiness. During one particular flight lay-over, Sandee cried out to God "God, will I ever be happy? Will I ever have a husband who loves me and the family I crave?"
Posted in Students | By Steve Browning | Posted on Tue Feb 17, 2015
Kaye had no idea what to expect the first time she walked through the glass front doors of the Christian Life Center at Shades Mountain. This blonde, third grade girl was at the beginning of a journey that would change her forever. Kaye was signed up for three weeks of KidsKamp in the summer of 2010. Beyond the fun and games of each week she found friends, leaders, and adults who really valued her. She enjoyed her experience so much she came back for five weeks of KidsKamp the following summer and her first Vacation Bible School at Shades.
Posted in Community Life | By Shades Staff | Posted on Mon Feb 16, 2015
Before working at the Christian Life Center at Shades, I would have probably told you that I didn't like working with kids. I now have almost 4 years of experience working with kids and I haven't regretted a single moment. I know that this is where God wanted me to be, which is extremely evident when I think back to how I got the job that first summer in 2011. I had seen the announcement to apply for Kids Kamp in the church bulletin, but I was hoping to get a summer job back home and didn't think twice about applying for camp. The deadline passed, but I eventually got a call from the Camp Coordinator who offered me the job because someone had referred me to her. I didn't think much of it then, but now I can see that God had a plan for me to work with the kids at the CLC because I didn't even apply and I got the job. I thank God for His divine sovereignty in that situation.
Posted in Uncategorized | By Shades Staff | Posted on Thu Feb 12, 2015
Posted in Missions | By Shades Staff | Posted on Wed Feb 11, 2015
Posted in Missions | By Mark Jenkins | Posted on Wed Feb 11, 2015
Our lives changed in January 2010 when we met a group of men living around a fire barrel under I-65. We began to spend time with them, eat with them, and learn about their stories. Genuine friendships were developed and we began walking with several of them through the long and messy process of rebuilding their lives.
Posted in Missions | By Jay Watson | Posted on Wed Feb 11, 2015
Nolensville, TN is a small town still close to everything. Growth closed in upon it and it has had no choice but to respond. Hundreds of people move into this small town for their children to go to be a part of a great school system. They want to play sports, shop, and be in community where they live. When new families move to Nashville for work or other opportunities, Nolensville is one of their top choices around the big city.