As I told a friend last night, I was truly feeling like an ANCIENT Roman after the first day of VBS! But what a joyous, busy, happening place VBS is – I am so incredibly blessed to hang out with these people for a week.
There is something about seeing my brothers and sisters in a different setting than Sunday morning that makes me appreciate them even more.
I believe we have a very ‘real’ church - don’t get me wrong – we will pray and cry and rejoice right in the midst of Sunday service.
However, there is something about seeing people jump in, love on kids, give selflessly of themselves, dance and sing, and dig deep for Spiritual truth while presenting it in language that little ones understand or teens won’t roll their eyes at that makes me love them in a whole new light.
From the hundreds of hours put in by the organizational team (it definitely wasn’t built in a day), to the myriad sewing projects (whoa! not my skill base), to the prayer team covering us all, to the teens who could be doing anything else with their summer, to those dancing who never thought they’d dance (in front of people, in church, no less!), to those cutting their 1000th flatbread for snacks – every one is invaluable.
God has used each of you to transform my life and heart. I see your willingness to be humble, to work, to love, to serve, and I am filled to overflowing with gratitude and hope. I want to especially thank Frank and Paul, who live out 1 Peter 5:2-3 ("shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness; 3 nor yet as lording it over a]">[a]those allotted to your charge, but b]">[b]proving to be examples to the flock.") and are examples to us all of Christ’s love and sacrifice.
MCC has a multitude of ministries, but if you haven’t participated in VBS, this ancient Roman beseeches you to try it out.