by Liz Alexander, Minister to Preschool & Children
Vacation Bible School.
I get so excited just hearing those words because I know we’ve got a fun week ahead full of themed music, crafts, and games. I have been going to VBS for 29 years now, and this summer will make it 30! Every year, VBS gets more exciting and I am amazed and how God works through VBS.
But why? Why do I love VBS, and what makes it so exciting? You may ask, "Why should I send my kid to VBS?" or "Why should I help with VBS?"
If you have ever worked VBS, you know the joy it brings not only to the children but also to the adults. You see children light up while singing silly songs and songs about Jesus’ love for them. During one week’s time, you see kids change and fill up with joy knowing that Jesus died for them and loves them. Adults let loose and even get a little crazy doing motions and just about anything to share the love of Jesus with these kids!
Vacation Bible School is an outreach to our community and an “in-reach” to our own kids. This week is all about bringing kids and adults to the knowledge of Jesus and the salvation we have in Him. VBS is a way we can connect kids to our church body of believers. We begin to see the needs of families in our area, and kids share what they have learned with their parents.
For five days, these kids are submerged in the word of God, and every moment is rooted in Scripture. I can still recall verses I learned at VBS at a child:
“When I am afraid, I will trust in God.” - Psalm 56:3
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understandings. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your path straight.” - Proverbs 3:5-6
These verses and so many others are memories from VBS that God continues to use as He works in my life.
I have seen just one week in VBS change a child’s life forever as they put their faith in Jesus and make Him Lord of their life. That’s what it’s all about! As a past VBS song once said: "It all points back to Jesus!”
Of course, the themes are great, the crafts are neat, and the games are fun, but none of it matters if the Gospel has not been taught and lived out to these kids. Sure, it’s a week gone out of our summer, but what better way can you think to spend that week than investing in a child’s or adult’s eternal future?
May God continue to use Vacation Bible School to reach kids in Hernando and across the world. May we continue to join God and allow Him to use us as vessels through which to speak and teach. May children continue to trust in Jesus and build a relationship with Him as Lord and Savior of their lives.
Will you join us?