It’s been hard for me this week to think of anything other than VBS except for maybe my grandsons who are having the time of their lives visiting with us and participating in VBS. But one thing that continues to amaze me is the array of people and cultures that God continues to bring together to make this great event work. Anytime you’re ministering in a meaningful way to around 140 children it takes a lot of focus and dedication. Our focus and dedication comes from all over the world. Our VBS staff is similar to our “Taste of the World” day with lots of different faces and nationalities represented. From our Italian lady who is in charge of crafts, to the young Filipino lady leading singing, to our Colombian lady in charge of the kitchen, the Indian lady that is helping to teach Bible study and the Jewish lady in charge of the drama team, God is doing a remarkable thing. To the one family (of German background) filling in all the gaps, I just see the presence of God everywhere.
On Wednesday morning we prayed for Emily (a church family’s dear friend) to get a new set of lungs and by day’s end God had provided an answer to our prayers. All the kids who had written get well notes and cards with their prayers and scriptures were amazed to hear the report the next day. What an astonishing thing. And then there are the kids, probably from at least 20 different nations; truly a United Nations of Vacation Bible Schools. I’m reminded of John’s vision in the 7th chapter of Revelation where he states, “After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hand. And they cried out in a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb”, (v.9-10 NIV).
What an amazing and interesting thing it is to be part of the incredible plan of our great God. I believe God is present in this place and in this work (certainly in this week) and for this I am truly grateful, beyond words. I thank Jesus for allowing me to see His presence in this place. Won’t you come and join us as we celebrate the goodness of our great God and His Son, our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
Pastor Rich Sivo