One of the greatest privileges in this life is watching God’s pursuit of someone.
Mandy seemed too cool for VBS. She was just visiting for the summer, living with her grandma who happened to be the neighbor of a family that attend Mountain Christian Church. The kids in the family had spent quite a bit of time with Mandy and had invited her to join them for Mountain’s VBS.
Things didn’t exactly go off without a hitch. On Day 1, Mandy seemed overwhelmed by all the music and dancing (and possibly, all the adults pretending to be spies), preferring to stand in the back and watch.
On Day 2, she wouldn’t even participate in the games.
On Day 3, I asked all the volunteers to pray for her; and on that day, she participated only in the craft time…and loved it. While creating something, Mandy opened up to me about her love for art. Suddenly, she couldn’t stop talking.
On Day 4, I caught Mandy dancing and singing along during music time.
And on Day 5….
On Day 5, we had an excellent Bible teaching about how the Holy Spirit comes to live in our hearts and fill our lives. We’d spent the previous 4 days walking through the gospel, step by step. The teaching for Day 5 was the culmination of it all. Afterward, while we were walking down to game time at the basketball court, Mandy asked about the lyrics to a song we’d been singing all week:
“God is the real deal…not a figure on the wall”
“What does that mean?” she asked. “How is God different from Buddha or saints or anything else?”
I about jumped out of my skin, I was so excited. We spend so much time telling kids stuff. She was asking.
What ensued was one of the best conversations I’ve ever had with anyone about who God really is, why He is different from all other gods, and how having a relationship with Him is possible. Yeah—I told her how much He loved her too.
During snack time, I asked Mandy if she’d ever read anything out of the Bible. She said she didn’t own one, as she’d only been to church a few times. She was pretty thrilled as I set out a number of Bibles for her to choose from to take home for her very own.
We talked over the importance of seeking God in His word, as He has revealed so much of Himself on those pages. I wrote a little note on the inside cover and gave her a few suggestions on where to start. Her ride arrived shortly after, but when she was almost out the door, she turned back around and ran to give me a huge bear hug.
The woman who drove Mandy home that day said that she’d spent her time in the car asking the other kids about their favorite Bible verses so that she could look them up and mark them in her Bible.
I don’t know where Mandy is now or what she is doing; but I do know that God was after her that week.
It struck me that every piece of the VBS program…the music, the crafts, the teaching, the games, the snacks, the donated Bibles, those who invited her, and those who drove her, were all used by God to draw her heart to His own. Every single volunteer had a hand in God’s pursuit of Mandy and 80 other kids that year.
Could there be a greater privilege than to be used by our heavenly Father to open a child’s eyes to the truth?
Now, I must fully disclose all the facts: VBS is work. VBS costs. If you are to lend a hand in any capacity for VBS, you will sacrifice time or money or energy or sanity all of these and more.
However, the transformation that is wrought during that week (and don’t think that I’m just referring to the kids) is so much greater than the cost that it is not worthy of comparison with it.
And I’ve said nothing of the parents we serve and the ways in which entire families are impacted that week. Have I told you about my friend who only started coming to Mountain Christian Church because her son attended VBS?
How we had the privilege of witnessing her coming to accept Jesus as her savior months before she passed away? Well…a story for another time.
Would you prayerfully consider being a part of VBS this July? Come experience the privilege of being a part of God’s pursuit of these precious kids in our community!
I can say this with confidence: you’ll never be the same!
Visit our VBS page to learn about how you can get involved!
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Pull out your mixers and aprons! SHINE is looking for people who can donate cakes, or other desserts, for A. Montoya’s Fall Festival! Cakes can be dropped off at the church foyer Friday, October 26 between 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Questions? Click here to sign up to bring a cake!MCC is gearing up for the Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child Shoebox drive! The mission of OCC is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world, and together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Last year MCC collected 230 shoe boxes to be gifted to children around the world! Boxes will be available this Sunday, October 21st, in the foyer and the final drop-off date is November 11th! It is a great time to start gathering items to bless children around the world!
Shine also has a unique food pantry at A. Montoya! Kids often go to bed without dinner, come to school too late for breakfast, and aren't sure if there will be dinner that night. We have been asked to create a small food pantry at the school that would contain items like tuna packets, apples, macaroni and cheese, Ensure or Boost, peanut butter crackers, nuts, and the like. The children could keep these items in their backpacks so that they would always have something to keep them going. We are working on putting together a list of items, including gluten-free ones, that we would like to stock the pantry with. Please pray about whether you would like to donate items or money to help keep the pantry stocked year-round!