Friday July 23rd, 2010
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
-2 Timothy 4:7
Today was the last day of VBS. I am exhausted, but I couldn’t sleep until I wrote to you, Wanda. Total numbers. 363 kids between the three weeks. About 13 kids gave their lives to Christ. 1 gift of prophecy discovered. I taught 75 VBS lessons. (5 a day for 15 days.) I built a donkey three times, swept up hundreds of strands of hay, caught dozens of kids from falling, but challenged all of them to stand on the truth and not believe the subtle lies of the the world.
VBS is an amazing time to reach out to kids. Some kids only go to church at VBS because they get invited by friends. We charge $30 for our VBS, but if you don’t have the money, there are ways to still attend. Even if you do pay, $30 for 4 hours a day of childcare isn’t a bad deal. And on top of that, they get the Word of God. It’s sad how many kids are being raised by grandparents. It made me want to cry today when a child started a story with the words, “Once when my dad came to visit.” I didn’t cry, but the fact that it’s so commonplace is dreadful. Kids shouldn’t have to be good at dealing with divorce. But even so, when those kids come to VBS, they are loved by dozens of helpers and teachers and rotaters. We allow kids to serve as young as 8th grade and there are grandparents serving with us as well. And most of us served all three weeks.
But now it’s over, and as much fun as it was, I’m glad it’s over. But you can praise the Lord with me that some kids were reborn, others were watered, but I believe that all of them grew. Amen.