– Nicole Evans is a Children’s Church writer for the Hearts Alive project. Nicole was the Director Christian Education at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. She writes: I have a strong passion for children’s ministry. I want children to intimately know our amazing God. As a child, I only knew “of Him,” per se. He seemed so distant, so far away. This definitely didn’t help when my parents’ marriage went south and church had simply become a distant memory. My house was built upon the proverbial sand, not upon the rocks. When the storms raged, my house couldn’t withstand the winds and rain. It simply crumbled into a million pieces. It took many years to rebuild. My goal is for as many kids as possible to be in a personal relationship with Jesus. Unlike myself at a young age, I want them to be equipped with the full armor of God when things get tough. Theory vs application – they must know how to apply His Word to their daily lives. My contribution to this project will truly be my greatest accomplishment yet.