Volunteering to serve at VBS has been a privilege and an honor.
As I’ve served snacks, encouraged participants and volunteers, and prayed over kiddos I’ve seen the Lord at work in and through this outreach ministry again and again.
People often ask me how we feed so many kids when we don’t actually know how many kids we will serve. That question has been a sweet catalyst for reflecting on the “signs” that the Lord gives in the process of this ministry.
When VBS prep time comes, I often find myself struggling with the planning & preparation phases because they are time consuming and complicated. My initial calculations are often marred by doubt & fear. Will there be enough cucumbers on Tuesday? Will we have enough graham crackers on Friday?
Year after year, the Lord has shown me that not only does He provide enough. He provides MORE than enough.
In John 6, Jesus gives us a beautiful sign of His provision for His people. After crossing the Sea of Galilee, Jesus communes with his disciples and knows that He is being followed by a mass of people. It was Passover time and the feast was at hand. His disciples were gathering together what denarii and food was available only to seemingly come up short. Short of what? Short of what their own expectations were for what they needed to provide for the large number of people that had followed them. After the Lord tested his disciples, He took the loaves and fish, gave thanks and distributed it to all 5,000. Not only was there enough, there were plenty of leftovers after everyone was full.
What does this “sign” have to do with VBS? Everything!
I have seen firsthand that the Lord is more than enough.
Not just in the tangible amount of cucumbers or graham crackers He provides. There has never been a day at VBS where there hasn’t been enough food. He is more than enough in the process of week-long service. Caring for, teaching, guiding and supporting 100 + kids is exhausting and after Day One of VBS most volunteers will admit, it’s tiring!
Is Christ more than enough in our tiredness & weakness? Absolutely!
Is He more than enough in our times of doubt or unbelief? Unquestioningly, yes!
In our weakness, He is made strong. The “signs” of His deep and abiding love for us shine through the ministry of VBS.
Are you holding back on jumping into the VBS ministry because of doubt or unbelief? Are you scared that you are ill-equipped to serve around kids? Have you thought, “I can’t do that because I’m not good with kids?” I have. It’s only by His strength and power that we are enabled and empowered to do anything. He is Jehovah. He provides everything that we will need.
Will you join me and all of the many volunteers on this “sign” journey? You won’t be disappointed.
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Women’s Fellowship Evening Bible Study
Begins September 12th at 5:30. Please bring your bible and your favorite side-dish or dessert and join us! We will discuss Sunday’s Sermon. Contact Elizabeth.
Join us for MCC’s End of Summer Picnic!
Embudo Hills Park in Albuquerque. (Same as last year)
Bring your family, food & drinks, chairs/blanket and lawn games! Water bottles and dessert provided.
Contact Yolette Roybal for more information.
Shine is forming a Cookie Posse! This will be a group of people who would like to bless the staff at A. Montoya with fresh-baked cookies! Each time a staff member reaches into our cookie jar, it'll be like getting a big hug from one of us. Please let Ashley Procter or Marcy Bryant know if you are interested in becoming a part of the Cookie Posse!
Also, Shine is setting up 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!