Thursday, July 19, 2012

Vacation Bible School

We are hosting Vacation Bible School this week.  When someone in our neighborhood or church mentions Vacation Bible School (VBS), we don't just nod and say, "Oh, yes, it's about time for VBS."  We say, "VBS sure is fun!" and think of the explosion that 's about to take place.

Pastor Waldron has a vision to reach children.  The children of our neighborhood specifically.  We run an all-day, every day VBS for about 150 children each summer with about 40 volunteer staff.  We're not a large congregation.  We may have 180 for Sunday worship, so VBS numbers rival our total attendance.

Yesterday the emphasis was on sin.  Defining it, giving specific Scripture and examples.  At one point, a fellow worker came and got me to help counsel a young girl who responded to the Bible story.  As we talked about sin, tears rolled down her face and she hid behind her fists. We looked at 1 Peter 3:18 where Peter wrote about Jesus, the just, dying once for the unjust, to bring us to God.  After asking for God's forgiveness and confessing belief in Jesus she looked at me with large wet eyes, "I just don't want to be a sinner anymore."  I couldn't agree more.  What a beautiful picture of redemption!

God is doing a work.  It's not our work, it's His, but we are laboring in partnership with Him for the gospel this week, for the eternity of souls.  Please pray with and for us.

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