This week I have been asked to go WAY out of my comfort zone.
Last week we had been contacted by the Newton Kansan (our local paper). They wanted to do a story about Cora's Playground and wanted to interview us. If you know me you will understand that this is totally outside my box. I am a pretty private person and would rather go unnoticed than be in the spotlight. I know you are laughing...there is no going back now!
We agreed to do the interview and met with the reporter on Monday. She was very kind, but the interview was really hard for both Joel and me. Harder than we thought. She wanted to know all about Cora and I started crying the first time I opened my mouth. But, we made it through. We felt like it was an opportunity to share what God is doing in our lives. That's why we did it.
The article was published in today's paper. You can read it here
. I don't like having my picture on the front page of the paper AT ALL. But, it was awesome to read about Jesus in our local paper.
Today when I got home (I had just read the article), my phone started ringing. I looked at our caller idea and it was Channel 12 News out of Wichita. I thought there was no way that it could be a reporter. But I was scared that it was and didn't answer the phone. As I listened to the message I couldn't believe that someone would want to do a story about our little Cora. They did! They wanted to interview us today and air the story on tonight's news.
I just cried because I didn't know what to do. I just waited and thought. Twenty minutes later she called again. I knew I needed to answer the phone. She wanted to come to our house in two hours to talk to us. I told her I needed to talk to Joel and I would call her back.
I am not a good decision maker. I don't like talking publicly, especially in front of a camera. Not to mention I didn't think I could get through an interview without crying again. But, I knew this was another opportunity to share the love of Jesus...with LOTS of people.
I called Joel. I prayed that if we were supposed to do the interview that Joel would say we needed to do it. Of course he was hesitant, but he thought we needed to say yes. After all, it is not about us. We are here to glorify God. This might be our opportunity to do just that. We prayed that He would give us the words to say.
So here we are...
A few hours after that phone call from the reporter, she was in our living room and we were telling her all about the Cora's Playground project.
This is for all the locals. Our story will be on the 9 o'clock news (on Fox) and the 10 o'clock (Channel 12) news after the basketball games.
We are praying that God would be glorified through this story!