Yes, you read that correctly. I received the honor of a mud bath on Friday since the kids raised enough money to purchase SD cards containing the Jesus Film for missionaries in Africa. But more important than the kids' excitement over watching their leaders get doused in mud was the fact that they heard and understood the why behind the mission offering: sharing the Gospel.
Orchestrating Vacation Bible School and Creative Arts Camp in mid-July is no small feat. It takes months of planning and many willing volunteers. The leadership that came before me set the bar high, and I've been honored to continue in the tradition of producing a quality musical in less than a week. Having one less day to do that was a wild adventure (thanks, Hurricane “Barely”). But seeing everything come together on Thursday night was a true joy and something that would not have been possible without God.
As I observed classrooms this week, received hugs in the hallway, taught choreography, and led worship rally, my prayer was that all the children and leaders would be impacted spiritually by the truth communicated this week. Sharing Jesus with children is at the heart of what we do. His love for us is woven throughout the song lyrics, imbedded in our choreography, it shapes our visual arts, and overflows into all our interactions with kids. And all of this would not be possible without the collective church body. If you haven't had a chance to get involved with VBS/CAC, consider it next year. I promise first year volunteers will not get a mud bath!