Posted by: Omar C. Garcia | November 18, 2011

A Difference Maker

Over the past thirty-two years of service in full-time vocational ministry, I have had the privilege of working alongside some of God’s finest. I especially appreciate the service of those who invest in our children — who equip the next generation of Christ-followers to love God and to love and serve people. When I came to Kingsland a little more than six years ago, I met Vicki Hoyle, or Miss Vicki as she was affectionately called by all who knew her. Miss Vicki served as Kingsland’s Minister to Children. It did not take long for me to be both impressed and inspired by her example. Miss Vicki was passionate about investing in kids and helping them to understand those foundational truths about God that others build upon in later years.

When it came to teaching children, Miss Vicki was like an artist who understood what to do with the canvas of a child’s life. She understood underpainting. I learned about underpainting from my mother-in-law who is an artist. She explained to me that an artist must envision what a painting will look like and then begin by applying an initial layer of paint to the canvas that will accentuate and more clearly define the colors that are applied later. Like an artist, Miss Vicki skillfully brushed the foundational truths of God’s story across many young lives. She made it easier for parents and many teachers to add their brushstrokes to the canvas in order to help children develop a more complete picture of God.

Yesterday at 9:00 o’clock at night, Miss Vicki closed her eyes and took her last breath on this earth only to awaken in the place she had talked so much about with our children — Heaven. As a faithful follower of Christ, Miss Vicki believed that death is never an end but rather an entrance into the presence of the Lord. Her journey is now complete. She served the purposes of God in her generation. And, she made a difference in the lives of many children and their families because of her leadership in our children’s ministry. Forest Witcraft (1894‑1967), a teacher and Boy Scout Administrator said: “A hundred years from now, it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much money I had in the bank … but the world may be a better place because I made a difference in the life of a child.” Thank you, Miss Vicki, for making our world a better place because you made a difference in the lives of so many children. We will miss you.


Responses

  1. Beautifully said, Omar. Thank you.

  2. Thanks Omar. Miss Vicki was special and we will all miss her. Celebrating her life and rejoicing in the promises of God.

  3. Vicki is a great example of a life well-lived. It was an honor to serve with this wonderful lady. She was a model of grace, determination, and love. I will miss her deeply. 

  4. Privileged not only to have served with her in the Children’s Ministry, but to have my family benefit from her leadership, guidance and wisdom growing up a part of Kingsland Baptist Church. We are truly blessed by her life’s work. Thank you for answering The Call, Ms. Vicki.

  5. Omar: what kind words about Vicki. Even two years after moving from Katy and Kingsland, when I told my kids last night they remembered her. Ryan is my oldest and he said: “mum, I don’t even remember what the church looks like anymore …. But I remember Miss Vickie’s smile and her helping us with stuff!”. That’s special!

    We miss seeing you! Hope you are well.

  6. Thank you Omar. I was blessed and honored to work VBS for three years under Vicki’s leadership and ministry. I also remember a time when one Sunday in the bookstore Vicki and I sat and just talked and shared. She was an incredible blessing to me and I will treasure my memories of her. Thanking our Lord that she is home with the One and Only!

  7. Well said. She will be missed.

  8. You captured our thoughts perfectly, Omar. Thank you for sharing. Miss Vicki will be missed, but we will see her again one day!

  9. That was a wonderful piece Omar. She will always be remembered!

  10. Such a beautiful tribute for a beautiful lady. Thank you for writing this. She will be truly missed by all!

  11. Imagine she is getting heaven ready for all of us especially our children. God choses the best. I can’t wait to get there to help her.

  12. A thousand screaming children in a VBS and Miss Vicki would step up to the mic and a hush would fall over the place. She had a way with the kids like I have never seen before. She will be missed.

    Thank you Miss Vicki. We love you!

  13. Lovely. And I will also remember her great wit and the twinkle in her eye when she pulled a fast one on someone. Missing those twinkles…

  14. Truly remarkable lady. A legacy… Will we leave a legacy behind? Forest expressed it so simply, but so astoundingly…

  15. She will be missed as she was such an amazing woman. She surely has received a beautiful crown of jewels for all the children’s lives she has blessed.

  16. Thank you for expressing such beautiful thoughts about our precious Vicki! She always said it was her privilege to serve the children at Kingsland and she served her Lord so very passionately. I will always miss her here on earth, but I know I’ll partner with her again in heaven.

  17. Thank you Omar for sharing the words that are in our hearts today. What a great blessing she has been to all of us who knew her. She fought the good fight, finished the race, kept the faith…”Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day–and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.” We can grieve with hope!

  18. Omar, this was a beautiful tribute to Vicki. Thank you for writing it. Vicki was an amazing lady, to kids and adults; never condescending to either; never losing her patience; gentle in all her ways. She was a great reflection of Jesus.

  19. Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints. Ps. 116.15

  20. Thank you Omar for so eloquently portraying Vicki as we all saw her, as a faithful follower of Christ who poured His love into the lives of everyone she met. She was a mentor and friend and it is a privilege to have gotten the chance to serve at CEC under her loving and watchful eye. I will miss you dear sweet Vicki and until we meet in Heaven again, I’ll love God’s little children as you did my friend.

  21. Vicki walked in her Rabbi’s dust. She was the model of Jesus that we all want to be. Her kindness and gentleness and wisdom will be sorely missed. Her laugh was priceless. She set the bar for me. A mark I will certainly never hit. Thank you Pastor Omar for painting such a beautiful picture of one of God’s most beautiful creations. Enjoy your Savior Miss
    Vicki!


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