Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Vacation Bible School

"Jesus said, "Let the children come to me and do not hinder them for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." Matthew 19:14

Barbara and I have enjoyed the first two nights of Vacatie on Bible School at FredWes Monday and Tuesday.

VBS is FredWes at it's best! We have our precious children we love so much being taught by gifted teachers who love Jesus and love to tell children about Him. We have volunteers who love being around our kids and who love being together because they all love Jesus! We have volunteers who love serving together and it shows!

VBS is a time-intensive, volunteer-intensive and high-energy event. Very few things we do at FredWes get as great of an investment of time, talent and resources as Vacation Bible School does. But in my opinion it is worth it.

Here are several reasons I believe this to be true. 

First, I believe in the powerful impact VBS because I have been impacted by it as a kid. I still remember well some of the VBS's I attended as a kid.

I remember feeling loved and valued when I was at VBS. It made me feel hopeful and safe when I was with the teachers and staff at VBS.

Honestly, I don't remember all the lessons that were taught to me but I recall how well prepared they always were when they told the Bible story I could tell they loved the stories of Jesus and I could tell they loves me!

A few of the kids I met during VBS are friends of mine still today! I have been enriched by those friendships.

So, as I move through the church observing the kids singing, dancing, learning about Jesus, making friends, enjoying games, wolfing down snacks and enjoying each other, my mind is flooded with good memories and positive emotions from my days at VBS over 50 years ago!

So, thank you, Emily and your team! Thank you volunteers! What ever your assignment at VBS you are loving kids to life!

Take it from a VBS kid who had his life changed by VBS over 50 years ago!