We have enjoyed some exciting ministry opportunities during the first two nights of Vacation Bible School this year. So far, the Lord has allowed us to reach an average of over 560 children, the highest VBS attendance in our church’s history.
More importantly, we have already witnessed a lot of meaningful discipleship. Below are a couple of brief testimonies from VBS servants describing the ways kids have been impacted through this year’s outreach.
We had several kids tell us that they have no Bible in their home and ask for a Bible, which they, of course, received. One girl said that she has never been in a church before. One boy came to me at the end of the night to return the Bible, thinking it was just for the evening. I asked him if he would read it if I let him keep it. His eyes shone as he said yes. When his dad picked him up, he proudly showed him the Bible that he received.
I later learned that another 5th Grade student had really reached out to him throughout the evening and made him feel welcome and accepted. I can’t help but think that in this boy’s mind there was some connection between how loved he felt and how excited he was to receive God’s Word. I can’t help but think that in this boy’s mind there was some connection between how loved he felt and how excited he was to receive God’s Word.
– Nikki Lambeth, 5th Grade Class Leader
My heart was full when I left last evening. One young lady had been asking for a Bible stating she didn’t have one of her own. When she was handed one yesterday, she clung on to it, she was so happy, her heart was full and she couldn’t stop talking about it. Because she was happy, some of the other children were happy for her and started assisting her with how to look up scriptures in the Bible. She was so excited about knowing now where the memory verses were.
Another one of our students during the Bible lesson at the end of the day got up and asked me “What is Faith?” I took her by the hand to the back of the group to explain to her and followed up to make sure she understood. These children ‘are’ listening, they’re hearing and growing, and it is so exciting to see. These children ‘are’ listening, they’re hearing and growing, and it is so exciting to see. My grandson is excited every night to attend, his eyes shine as we enter the doors. The children with their hands raised during praise and worship–there is nothing like it.
My heart has been full even when coming into work this morning.
– Linda Waltz, 2nd Grade Class Assistant
We covet your prayers for the ministry of our servants and for the work of the Holy Spirit in the hearts of the children participating in Vacation Bible School this week.