Mt Calvary || Redding, ca
by Cassandra Doering & Malaika Robinson, Kingdom Workers Volunteers
Last summer we were able to help run the vacation Bible school at Mt. Calvary. It was really an amazing experience to see all of the hard work that we had put into preparing for the kids to come. Seeing the looks on the kids’ faces every day and also hearing them being able to recall the stories from the days before was really rewarding! Being able to teach children God’s Word, especially since most of the children that attended are not members of the church is a great feeling. I wouldn’t change it for the world!
Being able to work with children of all ages is one of the best blessings I had while there in Redding. Before going down for my mission trip, I had already known that I was going to be working with younger kids, kids who are about 5 years old to about 12 years old. It was a real treat to interact with them and see how they understand the world when I help or lead a Sunday school lesson. It was great to work with them throughout the VBS week.
I did not anticipate being able to work with teenagers while on this trip as well! We had the opportunity to help out with Mt. Calvary's youth group camping trip at Mt. Lassen National Park. We were able to hike with them, have campfires with them, and even fellowship with them through a devotion led by the pastor. Teenagers are far different from the younger children I worked with previously; but, it was still a privilege to be able to see how they understand the world even though I'm not too much older than them. I really appreciate the opportunity of being able to work with younger and older kids. As an elementary and secondary major at MLC, itwill help me to try and figure out what grade level I may want to teach when I become a called worker. I'm so glad that God blessed me with the chance to go to Redding and gain some ministry experience!
There was only one thought going on in my head while I was setting up for VBS after the second church service, a single, incomplete sentence: "these kids will never know". These kids will never know the amount of time we spent on setting up all of these decorations. They will never know the amount of cardboard boxes or paint bottles we used to build the fake trees (one of those trees was made to be 16 and 1/2 feet tall and able for the kids to walk through) and other camp-like props. They will never know how many times we had to run to Walmart or Lowes or Target to pick up extra materials. These kids will never know how many miles we spent canvassing practically every day for four weeks or how early we got up to canvass just to avoid the 100 plus degree heat. They will never know how many people in the church donated their time and materials to help with decorations and providing snack foods. These kids will never know just how much time and effort we put into making this VBS a reality. But that's not what the kids needed to know or what they learned. They learned the basic truths of the Gospel. They learned that we were all born sinful, but God in his infinite wisdom sent his Son to die for us. They learned how God will be faithful to us throughout our entire life. They also learned of the incredible love that God has for each and every one of them. These kids learned that we love because he first loved us. Learning the love of Christ is all these kids needed to learn during this VBS, and I was so excited to be able to share that with them along with Cassie and the other members of Mt. Calvary.
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