Bethel || york, ne
by Mercedes Kuil, Kingdom Workers Volunteer
One of the biggest blessings and responsibilities we have in life is to teach and inspire. Jesus commanded all of us to preach and teach to everyone in the world- revealing to them Jesus' saving work and how salvation can be theirs. However, the question must be asked, how can they teach if they do not know? Vacation Bible School is a great opportunity for our synod's churches to reach more and more people.
In any VBS setting you have kids from all kinds of backgrounds. Some have a great foundation for their faith, and are there to simply learn more. Others are there to test the waters and see if they like the idea of religion in their lives. It's hard to believe that even the tiniest of children can be making such big decisions, but this is very true. As a leader at my church's VBS, it was mine and the other helpers’ job to build strong, unbreakable foundations of faith, but also make it interesting to the other children as well. At Bethel, in York Nebraska, we sent around 30 children into the world, each with better understandings of Jesus, whether it was through Bible stories, craft, skit, or music.
I think what is important to note about my time at Bethel is that it is in my hometown, and my home church. I grew up always thinking that in order to really "save the world," you have to travel to the ends of the earth and meet millions of people, and do death defying stunts. Well, while it was difficult at times, VBS was definitely not a dangerous situation, but I am confident that I was able to make a difference and inspire the children who came to my church. As a Kingdom Worker, you can be sent anywhere, but God chose to have me start in my hometown.
Even though I didn't even leave my hometown, I was able to touch lives across the globe- but not alone. One day, the big theme was: "Serving one another in love." In craft, the children made little bookmarks with crosses on them that are going to be sent all the way to Africa! Some of them didn't even know where Africa was, but they were excited to be a part of something that was bigger than themselves. I set out to inspire them, but their excitement and rock-hard faith in Jesus inspired me. I'm sure, now more than ever, that this is what I want to spend my life doing!
In Christ Alone,
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