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The crowd jumps to its feet. Many clench tissues or wipe tears on

their sleeves. The applause is thunderous, intermingled with

cheers and praise to God. Who would have guessed a developmentally

challenged teen could invoke such a response? For my son,

Christopher Kline, from Madison Assembly of God in Madison, Ala.,

the National Fine Arts participants’ response to his human video

marked a great achievement. For God, it was just another step in

this teen’s walk with Him.


Christopher was born 16 years ago and with Down’s Syndrome.

Because this genetic condition is commonly associated with some

degree of learning disability and developmental delay, we were

told that Christopher would never do anything that "normal"

children do. Doctors said he would be satisfied to sit and do

nothing. We turned Christopher over to the Lord to allow Him to

work in his life. Then the miracles began.


Christopher overcame many obstacles as he grew up. Now, he does

almost anything a typical teen does. Christopher has taken

mainstream classes in school and has tried out for football and

become the team manager. He also plays baseball and is an

outstanding basketball shot. But if you ask him what his favorite

thing is he will enthusiastically tell you--"Worshiping God."


One of the ways Christopher enjoys worshiping God most is through

his involvement in the Assemblies of God Fine Arts ministry.

Christopher performs in the Human Video Solo category. In this

category, participants lip sync and act out the message and lyrics

of a Christian song.


Last year was Christopher’s third year participating in Human

Video. Many teens who have participated alongside Christopher have

noticed how hard he works and how God’s Word flows from his heart

in each presentation. "Jesus is my Savior and this is a way I can

tell people about Him," Christopher said. "I can show Him that I

love to worship Him." Christopher’s overall desire is for his

audience to realize that there is one Who has everything under

control.


Hard work and persistence paid off when Christopher made it to the

state level of Fine Arts performing CCM artist Aaron Benward’s "He

Believes in You." Christopher was invited to present his human

video at the 2001 National Fine Arts service.


As Christopher ministered to over 8,000 students and leaders at

the service, onlookers raised their hands in worship. "I was

nervous about ministering to so many people," Christopher said.

"But God is in my heart, and I did it for Him." After the roar of

the approving crowd, people at our hotel, on the streets and at

local restaurants stopped us to tell Christopher how they were

touched and blessed by his ministry.


Even though it would have been easy for Christopher to sit back

and do nothing, he didn’t allow a handicap to keep him from doing

what he loves to do. Christopher wants to be a preacher and teach

others about God’s love. This child who doctors claimed would not

be "normal" has blessed so many through God’s anointing. There is

an old saying, "God doesn’t make junk," and Christopher is living

proof that God has a plan for everyone. In His eyes, there are

no handicaps.

--Randy Kline

Reprinted with permission from "OnCourse" magazine.

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