KW Editor Note: Emily Manteufel, one of our many Kingdom Workers Faith In Action volunteers, offered her time to Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Jersey and helped lead their Vacation Bible School. We are thankful for the impact she and our hundreds of other volunteers have on children in VBS programs.
Thinking about this past week I begin to marvel at the impact Kingdom Workers had on the kids at Immanuel Lutheran Church in New Jersey. I flew out to New Jersey on August 2nd and everything was unbelievable from the minute I landed - the landscape and the people, but especially the church. As a girl from Wisconsin, I found it almost unbelievable how few WELS churches are out east. Nevertheless, I adored the small size and simplicity of the church.
Shortly after seeing the church we drove to the Pastor’s house and met him and his family. The next morning we drove to church for worship and a VBS planning meeting.
I believe the hardest part for us Midwestern Kingdom Workers to comprehend was that most of the kids would not know Bible stories and probably had not been "churched" in the past. Nevertheless, I was prepared and excited, and ended up with an amazing turnout. The three year olds I taught were amazingly receptive to learning about Jesus. On the second day of VBS I even had a little girl pull me aside to show me what she had drawn on the chalkboard. Surprisingly, she had drawn the parting of the Red Sea, or in her words "the split water."
Thinking back to last weeks VBS in Long Valley, NJ I cannot believe how well it went. We were told that many of the children may not know the Bible stories we were telling. However, I had an amazing turnout.The three year olds I taught were amazing receptive about learning about Jesus. The second day of VBS I even had a little girl pull me aside to show me what she had drawn on the chalk board. Surprisingly, she had drawn the parting of the Red Sea or in her words "the split water"
As the week went on I was amazed with the children's participation during story, music and craft time. One of my favorite parts of the week was during a lesson. A little three year old boy raised his hand and said, "Miss Emily, Jesus loves me." This statement alone made my day because, in the end, all those other Bible stories didn't matter, but the fact that he knew Jesus loved him did. Another favorite moment of mine was when the kids got up on the last day and sang for their parents. Their parents got to hear what their children had been learning all week and, most importantly, got to learn about Jesus.
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