On the first day of VBS, there were 50 - 4&5 year olds.
They were divided into two classes.
That first day was exciting and hectic at the same time
as we made plans for a larger group than expected.
We set up more chairs and tables, shared crafting supplies, and prayed even harder.
Our goal - to share with these little ones the love of God by pointing them to the Savior.
The smiling faces were so precious!
Monday- Wednesday, the children were taught about the days of creation,
Adam & Eve's sweet fellowship with God in the Garden of Eden,
and then of thier sin which broke man's fellowship with God.
(We could see the Holy Spirit working in the hearts of these little ones
as we talked about how we are all sinners in need of the Savior.)
Thursday, the children sat in quietness as they listened to Miss Michelle
talk about Christ dying for their sin.
They asked questions of curiosity and spoke of believing in the Savior.
Friday, we used the puppets during our lesson to talk about Heaven.
They liked the fact that there would be no sadness or crying in Heaven
and that Jesus would be there.
Each day we had a handful of children who wanted to talk privately with the teachers.
By the end of the week, we had a number of children who had responded to the lessons.
Many seeds were planted.
Many lives were touched.
We saw 4 children saved in our class!!!
One of the little girls who was saved, was a visitor on Tuesday.
She was invited by a bus kid.
On Wednesday, she accepted Jesus as her Savior!
She said, "Miss Gina, I understand and I want Jesus to save me from my sin".
That's not the end of the story.
On Sunday evening, her parents attended the closing program.
Her mother went forward during the invitation and accepted Christ as her Savior.
Later in the evening, one of our pastors was speaking to the girl's father.
He ended up accepting Christ that night also!!!
We had a glorious week of VBS with high attendances each day.
The most blessed thing was the around 30 children & parents who were saved.
I am so thankful that I had the chance to be here to see the Lord at work in so many lives.
About the Ministry of Furlough -
Furlough is a time when missionaries come home from the mission field to report to their supporting churches, gather more needed support, visit with family and friends, and the opportunity to serve in various ministries at their sending church and other churches. During furlough, a missionary is pulled in many directions of service. It is not always an easy task to go from one place to the other, saying quick "hellos" and quick "goodbyes". The people a missionary invests in on furlough are lives they may get to impact for Christ for just an hour, day, or week. The eternal rewards of the Ministry of Furlough will many times only be known when we get to Heaven. The Lord uses the ministries a missionary is a part of during furlough to strengthen their spiritual walk and to teach them things that will help their ministry on the mission field. Pray for your missionaries on furlough. Their heart's desire is to be on the mission field where God has placed them.