I could tell you story after story of the benefits of VBS, but I just wanted to share a few thoughts from our VBS which ended this week:
Many of our students made decisions for Christ. No other event we do every year has the greatest impact on the salvation of our students. Each of the almost 30 students who made a decision for Christ will be followed up with in the coming week. Our goal is to get them plugged into the ongoing opportunities we have for them to grow in their faith.
So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:11
Our VBS is missional. We value missions as our students helped raise support and food needs for the Arabic Baptist church in our area. Our students need to know that the gospel is not just for us, but for all people. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. 1 Chronicles 16:24
Our VBS is racially diverse. Just take a look at the picture below sent to me by one of our leaders. In this picture of one of our youngest classes, all races are present joining together as one unified body of Christ. The bonds of Jesus know no color. Worthy are you to take the book and to break its seals; for you were slain, and purchased for God with your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth.Revelation 5:9
Our VBS is intergenerational. VBS is an excellent example of an intergenerational activity where the church comes together to make sure the next generations know the saving power of Christ. Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them fade from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them.Deuteronomy 4:9