Sorry about the title, but it’s what keeps dancing around in my head as I think about this post.
In planning a VBS, I always begin with this question, “God, what do HiSKidZ need to hear this year?”
And then I wait.
I try to do it patiently, but I wait the best I can until I hear God’s voice leading me to what He wants to teach HiSKidZ in our little corner of His world.
This year, once the idea came that we needed to build God’s Word into their lives like never before, I went to my leadership team and begin to lay out a plan for partnering with one of my sons to write a VBS based on building blocks–a brand name of which I won’t mention here. It would be a big task, and would take a lot of time, energy and money.
Then, I asked whether or not we should do VBS this year. Like any church, finding enough help can be a challenge, and without enough help, frustration and burnout can occur even among the strongest of Kidmin leaders.
Before I could get out my reasons for asking whether or not to do VBS, my leaders went C.R.A.Z.Y. on me! (Yeah,our children’s leadership team is awesomely like yesterday’s blog post!). Of course, we were going to do VBS! Dawn, how could you even think about not doing VBS?? There are kids to be reached and families who need to know Jesus. And it’s a VBS with building blocks of a brand name we won’t mention here!! And so. . .
The planning and praying began, and we discussed what we wanted and needed for the week.
One of those things included Jumpstart3. (Yes, the Jumpstart3 promo week continues–Jeff, I know you are smiling as you read this!)
However, we are a small church in a small town in a small state with a small budget. But hey, no worries, because we have A BIG GOD!!
This summer, we were going to be reminded of how big.
I made the call, or two or three, to Jeff, and plans began to take shape. The problem was Jeff’s fee. His regular fee for a week is like my children’s ministry budget for a year. Yet, I knew he was supposed to come, and thankfully, so did he. He agreed to come for much less than his usual fee, and I agreed to pay him much less than his usual fee.
And our team agreed to pray that God would agree to pay his actual fee.
After talking with our church leadership, we launched our first ever investment program for VBS using an envelope system of giving. Basically, we put 100 envelopes on a wall, numbered $1-$100. People could pick an envelope, put in the corresponding amount of money and we would fund our VBS through it.
We wanted to raise enough money to cover Jeff’s fees, and to provide one Jumpstart3 CD and a t-shirt for each child who attended VBS.
What a girl wants, what a girl needs! What a mighty God we serve!!
As my friend Kate would say, “Jehovah Jirah!” The Lord Provides!
Through our investment program, God’s people generously gave in large and small amounts every penny we needed. On the Sunday of VBS, we were just $200 short of receiving all the money we needed. Yeah, you know–on that day 3 people came to me with envelopes which totaled $200, exactly enough to fund building God’s Word in HiSKidZ lives, Brick by Brick!
Jehovah Jirah! What a girl wants, what a girl needs, her God provides!
But, that’s not all. . . .there’s more. . . so stay tuned for . . .
A VBS Story Pt 4