When you hear the words Vacation Bible School, you automatically think children and summer. They’re synonymous with each other. From a staff viewpoint, Vacation Bible School also means lots and lots of planning. Planning that begins in winter months when it’s hard to imagine summer at all. But warmer weather finally arrives, school is out, and VBS is here. The week flies by and before you know it, another VBS has come and gone. This year’s VBS started as usual. Lots of excited children, an awesome team of leaders, and fun activities sure to teach big truths about God. But something happened during the week in my heart and in the hearts of others that I hope will never end. Read these testimonies to see what I mean…
I have always known Jesus and believe helping others and telling them about Jesus is a huge part of what it means to be a Christian. I just never could find the place where I felt comfortable doing that. I have taken classes, and tried really hard, but have never truly felt “connected” to Central. All that changed during VBS. I felt in my heart that I found my calling. I know God placed me there for that specific purpose. I learned so much, and my connection to Christ became so much stronger. I thought I was there to shepherd the children but at the close of the week I realized the children were the shepherds for me. I am excited to get started doing whatever it is I need to do! –Stephanie Kendall
I signed up to help because it was something I could do with my young boys and at the same time meet more people within the church. My eyes were opened to some beautiful souls that worshipped with us during the week. Beautiful sweet children with many needs who live right here in our community. I got to see the material things that were needed but I also got to see them learn about the One True God who brings us all together as brothers and sisters in Christ. I went into the week wanting to love on my own children and their friends but found my heart getting bigger in the process. I thank God for allowing me to see this need in our community and for the impact these children and VBS had on my life. –Casey Roark
For me I realized I can get so caught up in all the details of planning and organizing that it’s easy to miss out on so much God has in store for me. It was a week to not only see the children learn important truths about God, but a week to see those truths in action here at Central. It can be easy for us to walk through the doors of our church on Sunday mornings and walk out again without really connecting. God wants to connect us together regardless of our age or socioeconomic level for one purpose, one person—Jesus Christ. I saw community happen before my eyes, and I encountered God along with my brothers and sisters in Christ. When this happens, our hearts can’t contain it. It has to spill out on to others and that’s what happened the week of VBS. My soul was revived as I learned a big truth…VBS is not just for children, but for ALL God’s children.
Associate Director of Children’s Ministries