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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The Women’s Serving Team is hosting a Mugs & Muffins event August 10th from 9:00 – 11:00am in the Fellowship Hall. Christine Leggett will be leading us in a discussion about the spiritual battle we each have with the desires of our heart. It will be a morning of fellowship, rich discussion and encouragement as we come together to study God’s Word. Praying you can join us. Don’t forget your favorite coffee mug! Please RSVP to Christine if you need childcare.
You can go on a mission trip and never leave Albuquerque. International Students Incorporated (ISI) helps international students when they arrive in the U.S. ISI has a chapter at UNM helping pick up students as they arrive at the airport, providing temporary home stays, helping find housing, English as a second language training and friendship partners. A new school year is getting started with hundreds of international students arriving at UNM. Please consider helping in one of the ways noted above. Alternatively, we will be providing lunch for students and volunteers on Wednesday, August 7 (signup sheets will be in the foyer). If you are interested in helping or just want more information please contact Vince Tidwell.
MCC’s Shine Partnership is hosting a dessert night Wednesday, August 14 at 7:00pm at Ashley Procter’s house! Current Shine volunteers, anyone curious about what Shine is, or those interested in becoming a Shine volunteer are invited! Contact Ashley if you have questions or need directions.
Save the Date: MCC Elders are hosting a 4-week Foundations Class starting September 15 and running through the first week in October. This class is designed to better help you get to know MCC - who we are, what we believe and why, and how to get connected. Please sign up with Sarah.