This week I had the privilege of working in Vacation Bible School at my home church. What a joy it was each evening to see the smiling faces as the children marched into the sanctuary, to hear them pledge allegiance to the flags and Bible, and to hear them sing to the top of their lungs “I hope you see that my hope is only in Jesus.” These little minds seemed to soak in the stories of Jesus as they learned that Jesus is really God’s Son, that He is more than just a good man, that He died for their sins, that He is alive, and then learned how to respond to the message.
Practically the whole church body was involved. Each person knew his/her role and used the gifts, skills, and talents God had given him/her to serve the children. Whether it was the van drivers, kitchen crew, the craft and recreation leaders, mission leaders, Bible study teachers, directors, or the pastor, all were ready to greet and serve the children. Especially exciting was to see two adults, both young Christians, attending and working in Bible School for the very first time.
Missionaries representing the county, state, nation, and the world shared with the children about their ministries and/or mission trips. Each night a mission offering was taken and the children learned about the Cooperative Program and how we partner with other churches to take the Gospel to those at home and around the world. The children were introduced to the Gideons’ ministry and 4th and 5th graders received a Gideons’ New Testament.
Missions right in your own church. There is no better way than to serve through Vacation Bible School. What an opportunity. What a privilege. What a learning experience. It is not an easy task but it is so rewarding. You ought to get involved. You will certainly be blessed!!