This week was a wonderful, incredible, week. We had 110-120 children each day enjoying crafts, music, food, games, and most of all, the life changing message of the gospel. We rubbed elbows with parents and grandparents from the community, hugged crying kids who had mini “crises,” and loved on each and every child who walked through the door.
We all experienced what God desires for His church: that every tribe and tongue will praise Him (Rev 7:9-10), that people may see our good works and glorify the Father in heaven (Mt 5:16), and that we were one body and one Spirit, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all (Eph 4:4-5). We saw children come to Christ, workers overwhelmed with joy, and very difficult goodbyes at the end of the week.
It was, in so many ways, a course in Ministry 101. We got back to the basics and thrived in it. We discarded the VBS in a box, pushing aside the polished slogans or graphics to play off of- we ran straight for the gospel of Christ. We kept it simple and flexible. For example, when a child had difficulties adjusting to one class, we moved him or her somewhere else. Or when a youth worker (junior helper) needed a place to serve, we gave them a mentor to shadow. It was always focused, even laser focused on making disciples, and we stayed on task as we began to serve and share Christ!
I will never forget this week and our unity in doing God’s good work. I pray that this week will change FBC Mt Healthy forever as we learned so much about ourselves, our community and our future. I can see that we are fast becoming a church of many faces, to become a shining example as a mosaic of many ethnicities, different that the world around us. For this, I am very grateful and humbled that I am able to witness firsthand God’s work in us. It is very exciting!
Pray for the work to continue. Pray that we continue to glorify God by bringing more to our Sunday ministries, making many new disciples for Christ!