We said “Aloha” to another amazing VBS week. We saw nearly 200 children enrolled in VBS this year. We had over 100 leaders and volunteers who served each night. God was working in those classrooms and I got to sit back and watch.
We shared God’s love and the Gospel with everyone who came to Friday night’s Closing Worship Rally. In the service, I shared with the audience of about 350 how I came to faith at VBS. I shared how I never really heard of Jesus before coming to VBS. That during that week way back in 1987, I heard that Jesus loved me, that I needed forgiveness for my sins, and that I could ask Jesus to come live in my heart. And that is exactly what I did. VBS rocked my world and eternity for Christ.
This marks the first year that I have served as a VBS Director. I have worked in VBS since I was in the 6th grade. Every summer since then (19 consecutive years), I have served in VBS but never as a director. I have served as a teacher’s assistant, on the rec team, on the worship team, camp pastor, Bible study leader, crafts helper, and even making the snacks. Yikes! But never as a director.
After this week, I am not sure if I like the leadership post. You don’t get to know the children as much. I missed that this year. I missed learning names, giving hugs & high-fives, being down on the floor telling them stories about Jesus. I also missed pulling out the ole’ guitar and playing my rock version of “This Light Light of Mine.”
But all in all, this year will forever be special. It was my last VBS as Main Street. For that reason, it will be cherished as one of the most memorable in my VBS experience.