Near the end of last week a leader shared with me a touching story.
One of her campers had taken a little spill. She wasn’t hurt but embarrassed and a little sad. The leader told me how she sat down beside her camper to see if there was anything she could do to help.
“No,” the camper replied. Then she said, “I will pray like Daniel, because I know God is alway with me.”
The leader expressed to me her delight in hearing that this camper actually took in what they had been talking about in the days before.
“It was so cool to hear her say that. She was actually listening and getting it! So then I said to my camper, ‘Yes, you should pray, God loves you and hears you. May I pray with you too?’ And I did. It was so cool!”
In the middle of a busy VBC morning, sitting on the floor in the hallway of Amberlea church… two young people prayed.
Some of the most important work in the church’s year took place last week. It was our annual Vacation Bible Camp and this year’s theme was all about Daniel and his courage in Captivity.
The kids loved the singing, story-telling (Daniel even showed up), crafts and games, and our church was so blessed to have so many faithful volunteers.
Those amazing, committed volunteers were crucial in passing on our faith to the next generation. Their week-long commitment, I believe strongly, was a life-long investment in the spirits of our children.
I have heard countless stories of how years after the VBC program is over, children will remember their friends and their leaders enjoying the whole experience together.
It is our prayer that this will keep them positively connected to God. It is our prayer that the lessons they learned will give them Godly guidance to help them make good decisions in their lives.
We are all called to share our faith and help other people understand who Jesus is. Our VBC team, for whom I am immensely grateful, did that for the children in our community with grace, love and gentleness.
I suppose the question we should all be asking ourselves today is this: where is God asking me to share my faith? Where is God asking me to pray for a friend? It could be anywhere, anytime… are you ready?
Your heart should be holy and set apart for the Lord God. Always be ready to tell everyone who asks you why you believe as you do. Be gentle as you speak and show respect. (1 Peter 3:15 NLT)