MESSIAH || South Windsor, CT
Autumn Grim, Madeline Hougaard, Lauren Utke, Caleb Rudolph, and Rachel Utke || Kingdom Workers Volunteers
In South Windsor, we helped out with Messiah Lutheran's Vacation Day Camp (VDC), by serving as teachers for the children that attended that week. There were around 50 kids that attended and almost 40 of them were not members at Messiah Lutheran, so it was an excellent opportunity to witness to the children and families in the community. The theme for the week was trains and "Making Tracks for Jesus" so each morning all the children, teachers, and helpers gathered together for a devotion, wherethey heard from Pastor Ehlers about various kinds of train cars that were then applied to the Bible verse and story for the day. For example, on the first day the Bible verse was "Great is our Lord and mighty in power." and the kids learned about the engine or the locomotive which is the leading power that allows the train to run; just like God, with his almighty power, leads us. After the devotion the children broke up by grade level, and rotated between Bible stories in the classroom, crafts, music, and outside games.
All the kids were very excited to be there. A few were shy and nervous at first but by the end of the week, all of the children were participating and I think they were sad to go when the week was over. One day during crafts, some of the kids in Autumn's 3rd and 4th grade class were singing while they worked, and we realized they were singing the songs they had learned earlier during music time! It was really cool to see that they were picking that up and retaining it because if they were singing it on their own at the church, there would be a good chance that they would also sing it on their own at home in front of their families!
On the last day of camp, Messiah Lutheran held a service for the children's families. There was a short devotion and then the children put on a little concert for the families with all the songs they had learned throughout the week. Following the service, Messiah hosted a picnic for more fellowship and outreach for the parents and families. Overall this was an incredible witnessing opportunity and we are so grateful to have been able to have had this experience. For some of us, this was our first time going on a mission trip or teaching children about Jesus, and I think now we all feel more comfortable and equipped to share the gospel!
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