Kids are great. Truly. They're adorable and precious.
Until you get a bunch of them, give them sugar, and let them run around everywhere.
It's a difficult challenge trying to get 6 rowdy 5th grade boys to sit still and listen to Bible story after they just had sugar and played games. All it takes is a few "Hey, boys, be quiet." It was a struggle, but a struggle that was completely and utterly worth it.
No matter how much I may have dreaded this week:
- Lack of free time.
- Having to cram my lesson planning after work.
- Feeling stretched thin after five days.
- Lots. Of. Screaming.
It was all worth it, one hundred times over. Which brings me to the wonders.
As Bible teacher at VBS, I get a unique opportunity to present the gospel to the children that come in my room. It's a very daunting task at times, and I needed to rely on the Spirit the entire time for aid and guidance. Thankfully, I got to watch God work through me. I'm so thankful that I'm just a mere vessel. God uses the words from my mouth effectually if He so pleases. And I am so happy I got to join God in the sharing of His gospel with the children that came.
"For I am not ashamed of the Gospel, for it is the power of God unto salvation for all who believe. To the Jew first and also to the Greek." - Romans 1:16
It was a blessing to study the material beforehand. I got to see how truly beautiful and simple God's gospel is, and it was a great reminder of the basics of the faith. I can easily get bogged down with theological topics, which isn't a bad thing, but bringing it back to the basics was very soul filling.
I enjoyed getting to hear from the children everyday and I enjoyed answering some of their tough questions along the way! While VBS may seem draining and difficult on the outside, when you actually are there in the moment, it is one of the best places to be. So, yeah, I think I'll volunteer again next year.