Children, children and more children had a wonderful time at VBS: Sports Camp. As I have been talking with the adults and teens who volunteered to make it happen, they too had a wonderful time. Thanks everyone for all your time, energy and love you poured into these children!
Can you picture 50-60 kids in the Sports Camp decorated sanctuary, singing, doing hand motions to child-focused worship songs? Can you picture these kids clearly listening to five short messages based on God's Word: Created For A Purpose, Rules to Play The Game, The Gift to Overcome Breaking The Rules, Being Filled with the Holy Spirit and Walking with Jesus every day.
Then can you picture them out at 4 different stations; learning 3 different sports and having a team-building snack time? A lot of running, walking, playing, laughing, drinking water out of their cool new individualized water bottles, making new friends and growing in Christ.
On Wednesday, I had the privilege to share about The Gift, the gift of Jesus paying the price for us breaking the rules of life. I asked the kids to reach up high in the air to receive the gift of Jesus' forgiveness and adoption into His family. As I opened my eyes to see who was raising their hands, between 15-20 kids had their hands raised asking Jesus for the gift of salvation. Praise God! Only God can adopt people into His family. Only God can forgive sins. Only God can open up peoples' hearts and minds to the truth of the gift of Jesus.
Jesus explained, "There is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away!" Luke 15:7
What does heaven's celebration of all these children being adopted into God's kingdom do to your heart and soul? What does hell being depopulated do to your heart and your soul?
Every day Jesus invites you to join Him in His mission.
How do you respond?
"I'm a little busy today Jesus?"
"How about another time, Jesus?"
"Yes, let's do this!"
Seeking to say "Yes" every day,