Susan Gibson started volunteering when her children were young. Years later, both boys are grown and on their own and yet you can still find her working with children. Read more to find out why KidStreet is so blessed to have Susan as a part of our ministry team.
KidStreet: How long have you been a part of the KidStreet Volunteer Staff?
Susan: I’ve been a children’s ministry volunteer at Legacy since before it was called KidStreet. I started as a volunteer in children’s ministry over 24 years ago at our previous church in Richardson. When we moved our church membership to Legacy in 1999, our boys were 5 and 9 years old; so it was a natural transition to volunteer in the children’s ministry at our new church home.
KidStreet: In what area do you currently serve? Have you served in other areas?
Susan: I am currently a Small Group Leader in the Block. Years ago, I also served in the children’s ministry as an AWANA’s leader and a Children’s Fine Arts leader. I am on the missions team and have volunteered for various activities and programs that Legacy hosts or is part of.
KidStreet: What is your day job?
Susan: I stepped down from corporate America in 2012 after 31+ years. I currently work part-time for This Side UP! Family. For the past 6 months I also worked part-time for The Hendrick Scholarship Foundation and I do consulting projects on the side.
KidStreet: Why did you start volunteering?
Susan: Two reasons - I wanted to make memories with my sons by volunteering in all their activities (inside and outside of church) and I wanted to share with them the joy of serving others.
KidStreet: If the reason has changed, why do you volunteer now?
Susan: My boys are grown and on their own, volunteering where their hearts lead them. I continue to volunteer because it is where God has led me to serve. I have filled many volunteer positions but I personally love working with children. They are so honest and sincere; you know exactly where you stand with them. They are like sponges, soaking up everything they see and hear. Watching them grow and deepen spiritually, year after year, is very rewarding.
KidStreet: What is the most rewarding part of your role?
Susan: Planting the seeds and watching them grow in Christ, of course. But I have to say, the cure to any bad morning is a hug, smile, and/or an “I love you Ms. Susan” from one of my students.
KidStreet: Any fun stories you would like to share about your experiences with working with the children?
Susan: Working with children, you are bound to have funny stories. They crack you up with their simple views of life and all the ”pet” prayer requests, even for their fish. I cannot recall one specific story, but equal to the laughter are the “awe moments”, which I can easily recall. Like when you are proudly presented with a handmade heart or picture that they have labored over just for you during their busy week.
KidStreet: What would you tell someone on the fence about volunteering?
Susan: Every volunteer will say that you get more out of volunteering than what you can ever put in. You may not see the immediate impact of your efforts, or ever see the end result of your labor, but you are making a difference; God will use all that you do. It may be overwhelming to think of working with a group of children, but you will be amazed as how easy it is once you commit. Working with children will exercise your patience; after all you are technically outnumbered. But if you truly commit to a relationship with them and invest your time in them, it opens the world to possibilities and your heart to so much more. It is a love you cannot describe or put boundaries around.
KidStreet: Anything unique about yourself you would like to share?
Susan: I grew up on a very small farm; I gathered eggs, milked cows, and fed calves with a huge baby bottle. When I was young, I loved when my dad squirted the milk into my mouth while he did the milking (although a lot of it went all over my face).
KidStreet: What is your favorite color?
KidStreet: What is your favorite food?
Susan: No single favorite; pork roast, blueberries, and chocolate, not necessarily all together!
KidStreet: what is your favorite sports team?
Susan: Texas Rangers
KidStreet: What is your favorite hobby?
Susan: Spending family time with Greg, Jonathan, and Ryan
There are some individuals who give their very best to everything they do. Susan is one such volunteer. KidStreet is immeasurably blessed to have such a kindhearted, devoted volunteer as a part of our volunteer staff. Next time you see Susan, please thank her for showing up week after week with a smile on her face, love in her heart and a steadfast mission of helping children trust Jesus! We love you Susan!