Arts and crafts. Games. Laughter. Bible stories. Sun. Snacks. More games. Volunteers. And, of course, kids!

It can only mean one thing…The Big God Story, RH’s VBS.

The Big God Story, VBS 2013

As a church, we prayed for specific things to happen over the course of the week…and they did. God moved in huge ways and children all across the county.

You prayed for kids to be open to hear from God and make decisions to follow Christ.

Over 1000 kids heard the Gospel and over 100 made first-time decisions to follow Christ.

You prayed for relationships between volunteers and kids to overflow into relationships with parents and families of the community.

VBS sites were held in local parks and neighborhoods, and attracted families who had never stepped foot inside a church. By Wednesday morning, lots of sites doubled in size simply because neighborhood kids heard about VBS on the previous days and wanted to be a part if it! Local volunteers were able to pour into the lives of the kids – but also to meet their parents and begin relationships that might not have ever started otherwise. No longer do their kids just go to the same school or  live down the street from one another. Friendships were sparked and communities were united.

You prayed for middle schoolers/high schoolers that were serving as small group leaders, specifically that God would use them as role models.

Middle School student Lucas got to share the “Big God Story” with his VBS site. He shared this:

“Once I actually did get up in front of the kids, it was a crazy feeling. It felt as if I didn’t think about what I was going to say, I just said it. Sitting down, I realized how amazing it felt to be able to tell the kids even the small portion of the “Big God Story” that I did.”

It is clear that God used each of the students who volunteered to point children to Christ in new ways.

You prayed for site leaders.

Over the course of the week, site leaders were able to witness God do amazing things at their sites. Children who had never heard the gospel accepted Jesus into their hearts. Programs and stories and crafts acted as a perfect segway into sharing the Good News with kids from their community. Site leaders got to experience first-hand what it looks like to be the hands and feet of Jesus in their communities.

You prayed for safety. 

There is always a risk when hosting a VBS site at a home or in a park – but the Lord is good! VBS went off without a hitch this year and kids were able to enjoy themselves in a safe, fun, and nurturing environment.

VBS might be over for this year, but seeds have been planted and there is much for us to continue praying for.

Stay tuned for details about VBS 2014 next winter!

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