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New Children’s Ministry Assistant & Special Events Coordinator – Makaya O’Neill

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Hello everyone! My name is MaKaya O’Neill and I feel both extremely blessed and excited to be serving here at King of Kings.

I moved to Omaha to start college at UNO where I am currently a freshman. Before the “big move” I was born and raised in Grand Island where I hadn’t really ever experienced The Holy Spirit. I had my whole life planned out, I would live in a big city and I would go to school and become a surgeon.

However, the move changed everything for me. My world has truly been flipped inside-out and upside-down since I’ve opened my heart and invited the Lord to work in me and through me, and I couldn’t be more thankful for that. My desire to follow Jesus has sent me on quite the journey. In these past few months, He has encouraged me to change the way I look at the world, Him, and myself.

Before getting this amazing opportunity, I felt less than equipped to be doing such works, but as I prayed, I was reminded that it isn’t about how we view ourselves, but it’s about the Lord’s ability to give us everything we need in order to do His will. With that in mind, I am so ready and confident to serve in this wonderful place.

Matthew 14:28-31 “Then Peter got out of the boat, walked on the water and came to Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached down and grabbed him. “You of little faith,” He said. “Why did you doubt?” This verse has truly impacted me.

We’re all human, and we’ve all, at one time or another, doubted. But that’s not what it’s about at all. Jesus didn’t call Peter out of the boat so he could slip and fall, no. Jesus called him out and asked Peter to follow Him. Fear and doubt crept in and Peter found himself falling. Even in those moments of doubt and fear, Jesus was faithful to provide and rescue him. You can take this and apply it to any situation in life. I feel like I was the one in the water, for so long, but Jesus never let me fall. Now because of that, I feel confident in Jesus and His faithfulness, and have decided to step out of that boat with a new identity: and a spirit of adoption.

Okay… now that I have rambled on.. I will say again that I am so excited to do life with all of you guys! I look forward to meeting and talking with you! It’s so great to be encouraged by such a wonderful staff and to be surrounded by others who are on fire for Jesus. I look forward to working in God’s Kingdom and doing it alongside you all.

For God did not call us to survive the world, but to be a part of changing it.


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