Last week was a humdinger – let me tell you.
The poison ivy went systemic and even with steroids, it continued to spread.
But I made it. It was by the grace of God and lots of help, that we were able to host our all-day VBS here on Saturday.
And I do mean a lot of help.
Somehow backdrops got painted, the building was emptied, props were found, lines were learned and some incredible teens preformed some hilarious skits that both entertained and taught truth.
These kids rock.
Somehow benches got painted and cement blocks found, a herd of stick horses was created, and a sound system set up in a building that has no electricity.
Snacks were made, hamburgers grilled, watermelon cut, dishes washed and everyone was fed, three times.
Flubber was made, crafts prepared and rattlesnakes bought. Games were set up, torn down, and the new ones prepped. Again and again.
It was an intense day.
It took an army of people.
Quietly doing what needed to be done.
Living out God’s love.
I was humbled and blessed.
What happens when you take a bus load of kids, one big piece of property, and a slightly crazy Vacation Bible School director? (that would be me!)
A whole lot of fun – with a whole lot of Bible teaching!
We’ve been working for months now to prepare to host our church’s one-day Vacation Bible School here at Windy Ridge. My sister-in-law Julie and her two sons came from Chicago the week before to help us transform our property into the Amazon.
I think almost half the church was here on Saturday to help!
Pedro and Jan built a puppet theater and Julie sewed the curtains for it. The youth group kids manned the puppets for us.
We had 3 different outposts set up on the property – each with a different Bible story and emphasis. When you do everything outside you have the unique opportunity to make things real. At each outpost we set up a tent and instead of a cardboard canoe – we used our real one.
You also have the opportunity to use water – real water – and lots of it! We had relays with squirt guns and even a slip and slide water fall.
We played with slime, dug in quick sand, caught piranhas, found buried treasure, and made some crafts – all while learning how much God loves each of us.
We sent the kids home exhausted but grinning from ear to ear!
I was exhausted too – but so thankful that after all the hard work by so many people – an entire bus load of kids heard the plan of salvation clearly presented.
And that, my friends, makes it all worth while.
Our church took a slightly different approach to a traditional week-long Vacation Bible School this year.
We attend a small country church about 30 miles away and we’re not the only ones that drive that far! The church is centrally located with people driving in from all directions.
With the price of gas so high, it was just too expensive for everyone to drive back and forth all week. Not to mention the gas the church bus would eat up transporting the kids nightly!
So it was time to think outside the box. We decided to do a one day, all day, VBS, at our place.
We advertised heavily, planned carefully and had a wet and wildly fun Saturday of VBS. We had 34 kids attend (amazing since there are only 12 kids in the church!) and focused the day on water.
We studied Bible stories that dealt with water, launched water balloons, had squirt gun fights and took a nature walk out to our ponds. We made beaded fish and sailor hats, had silly skits and ate hot dogs for lunch.
The kids were all over our large farmyard, chasing the chickens, watching the Amish neighbors drive by in buggies, and playing!
We set up a screened-in tent as our main meeting area and used our walk-out basement for crafts.
It was a very busy and exhausting day! But at the end, the kids all loaded the bus wet and tired but very happy! They kept saying, “This was the best Bible School ever!”
We might just have to do it again next year!