DVBS means Daily Vacation Bible School; and through 5 days of interactive stories, fun games, and action songs, nearly 90 kids had terrific fun…and learned about God in the process. Traditionally, our church holds these every summer, with a different title and theme each go-round. This year, it was called MAIN STREET.
The (sometimes harrowing) experience of recruiting volunteers, advertising MAIN STREET to parents in our church, and nitpicking over everything so that the execution is perfect doesn’t compare to the fulfillment that comes with hearing the kids’ shouts of glee and their taking to heart Christ’s love for them. There’s no greater high than serving God in ministry, and in my case, serving the young people.
Here are my reflections over the last few days:
|My daughter, Lynn and other youth volunteers.|
• Special mention goes out to JZone youth, who volunteered in droves and showed me what teen power could do when combined with a desire to serve Christ. JZone teens, I was incredibly blessed by your energy, enthusiasm, and love for the kids. I’m sure you were incredibly blessed, too, as you’re at the age where the need to belong and be a part of something is great (hence the cliques and gangs if not done right)…so you used this to volunteer for worthy causes like ministry. Parents of teens, take note.
• The event was such a smashing hit, especially to those who don’t go to or are new to CCF, so much so that I hear these really funny stories. One such story from a visitor mom is that her daughter would wake up at 6am, immediately and hurriedly dress up, and be ready to go to MAIN STREET right in the wee hours of the morning (DVBS starts at 2:00 in the afternoon). I heard of kids crying because they thought they’d be late. I heard of kids who’d sing, dance, and talk about what happened on MAIN STREET all the way till they’re tucked in bed. Now that’s impact. Oh, and furthermore…
|Two awesome dance leaders!|
|These two ALWAYS had the same shirt|
• That said, I think I nailed the Gospel message. The kids really paid attention. Happy, my 6 year old, even went up to me afterwards and started asking more questions about Jesus and Heaven. Bingo.
• It wasn’t just the kids who were blessed, the volunteers were too. Every day, all throughout the trip home, Lynn, couldn’t stop talking about her experiences in serving the children and the camaraderie of the volunteer group. It’s her first time as a volunteer, and she’s having the time of her life. May she truly develop a heart of service.
• God likes to do things with drama, just to make sure that I know He is in charge, not me. I had lots of trouble getting some of the materials for the event. In ALL the meetings I had with the volunteers, the church was full (2 weddings, counseling sessions, office restructuring, GLC graduation, D Groups galore) and so up until the time of the meetings, we didn’t even have a place to meet. There were more participants than there were shirts. Some key members got sick right from the get go. Whew, is God in control? Yep…and He has a habit of letting me know that, too.
|May they forever trust God like they do now.|
• Our 90 kid DVBS totally pushed the limits of CCF’s facilities (and it’s one of the reasons I didn’t advertise it much outside of the church). I’m pretty certain that plenty more kids will avail of the DVBS next year, and that’s not going to be feasible anymore (more waiting than participating in the games; rooms filled to the bursting point, etc.). I’m thinking 2 batches of DVBS’s next summer onwards, if the volunteers can persevere. You’re thoughts, team?
|The good Samaritan on a donkey...some donkey! Kids roared with laughter|
|4-5 y.o.'s: the toughest group...but the cutest, too!|
• There’s always the challenge of having something for everyone. There are kids who knew the Bible from cover to cover, yet there were kids who probably had no idea where Genesis is; there were kids who had trouble with English, so it was tough for them to understand the lessons and game instructions; there were kids who had clinically diagnosed hyperactivity and wanted to always move, yet there were kids who we had to encourage to move.
|My son, Happy, in the red shirt, ready to dodge. He was like, "BRING IT!"|
• Some of the songs are guaranteed to give you LSS (Last Song Syndrome). Choruses of “I’ll adjust my attitude (to gratitude)” and “Show me the path” are ringing in my head as I type this blog.
• I think we gave our Sunday School a problem. All the classrooms are filled to the brim every Sunday as it is. Earlier, the Sunday after DVBS, they’re so “AAAAAAAAHH!” But it’s a good problem, right guys? You’re welcome. ;)
|Ready to help kids make delish snacks!|
Well, MAIN STREET has come and gone. Everybody was sad when it was all over. Yet, everyone, especially the parents, were thankful for the event. Therefore, I’d like to thank CCF Cagayan de Oro for allowing all this to happen. Thank you for showing how important the spiritual health of our kids are to you. The support given to us, especially during the week itself, was superb.
Now, the next order of business is to ask God what He wants me to do from here on. You see, in our most recent leadership conference God really created a burden in me to take up the call and play a major, major role in the Children's Ministry. I bargained with Him (and the church leadership who I shared this revelation to) that I'd do the DVBS for the summer and go from there.
Well, the DVBS is now done, and by His grace it was very successful. So now what? I'll use this next few weeks to fast and pray. If God wants me neck deep in Children's Ministry, then who am I to refuse? If His purpose was only to involve myself for the summer and not a week after, then He'd better let me know before I foolishly over-extend myself like so many times in the past. Fast and pray, yup gotta do that...and if you, dear reader, know me personally and want to say something about this, go right ahead. That's what the comments section is for.
Anyway, praise God for an awesome week, indeed. If you were present the past week (participant, parent, volunteer, whatever), please also share your thoughts in the comment section below. I’d like to hear from you.
(Oh, if you wanna see more photos of the festivities, click here)