Wow! This year’s VBS can be described by the adjective in our theme: “colossal”! God has truly surprised us this week by showing us that He is the One “who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think…” (Eph. 3:20) With over 150 children at VBS this week, it was sheer joy to minister to them with you and to watch your joy in helping them to have fun and learn about Jesus!
Teaching children God’s Word and sharing the gospel with our community in a kid-friendly way are great reasons to have VBS. But I believe that another reason God blessed us with such a great VBS is to show Himself glorious through the body of Christ working together. Our Children’s Ministry Coordinator Hilleary Sorenson worked tirelessly to plan all of the details, and you–65 of you at last count–stepped up to serve the Lord with such joy even as all of the classes were bigger than expected. In fact, knowing that you were serving so many children and families from our church, from the greater Bellingham area, and from right here in our own neighborhood seemed to add to your joy.
I loved watching both young and old from Immanuel teaching, decorating, coordinating, leading, cooking, cleaning, serving food, doing tech work, photography, games, crafts, songs, praying, and simply loving children and families in a way that reflected Christ!
Ephesians 3:20 reminds us that God is able to do far more than what we ask for or think, because it is “according to the power at work within us.” I saw the fruit of the Spirit pouring out of your lives this week as you served with the strength and the joy that God provides. Thank you for all that you did, and join with me in praying, “…to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever.” (Eph. 3:21)
For the fame of Jesus in all generations,