By Krisit Sullins
Vacation Bible School has arrived here at Albuquerque’s First Baptist Church. The decorations are being hung. Crafts are being prepped and snacks are being planned. After years and years of experience, we have a routine and a plan. However, the reality is much greater than the plan.
For those who lead in ministry, volunteers who give their time, and those who, at all stages of life, find a way to serve, this week is a week of moments. Moments that are made when teachers, in costumes, make the stories of the Bible come to life. Moments when adults and children worship together. Moments when our youth give up their time to decorate, lead and invest.
The best moments are when you see a child grasp the reality of God’s great love for them.
As the AFBC family prepares for Vacation Bible School, our prayer is that God moves in a mighty way. Our theme, “Finding Messiah”, sets the stage for children to discover how they can know Jesus was truly the Messiah, sent to save us. We will journey through the Bible finding proof within the stories in the Gospels.
This is more than a program we do, or just an average week in the summer. It is a time that will be filled with moments for the children who attend. Often a moment is all God needs to change everything. Christ, Himself, understood the importance of taking a moment of time to be with children. He knew their value in the Kingdom.
As each volunteer prepares for VBS, we pray they would see the importance of the task at hand and would embrace the sacrifice it requires to make a Kingdom impact. We pray for each family that will be connected through VBS, that they would be changed by learning about the Messiah who loves them. And we pray that God would move in His mighty way so that by Thursday night it would be clear that all that had been accomplished was through Him.
May each of us be able to answer like Peter when Jesus asked, “Who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Matthew 16:15-16