I am thankful for our Vacation Bible School Director, Carol Childers and the tireless efforts she gave to make this year’s VBS week second to none. When she takes a responsibility for the Lord, the sun does not set on her tenacity and will to bring glory to God. Every mile, every late night, every phone call, every personal invitation was done for God’s glory. Thank you Carol for everything you did this year to provide a life-changing memory for us all.
I am thankful for every worker whether teacher, teacher’s helper, those who maned the refreshment area, recreation workers, craft leaders, floaters, everyone and anyone who spent time and energy praying and providing help along the way. I understand that we had almost 40 volunteers who gave their best efforts to be a blessing to the children and a servant of the Lord. It is impossible to miss when there are so many dedicated to the task. I am grateful to God for the work of all our leaders—you know who you are.
Our youth were incredible this year. We had 10 to 15 youth on stage every night leading our worship through music. Several had work responsibilities that prevented their being present some nights, but all were here when they could be. I love our young people. They are dedicated and committed followers of Jesus who will someday take on leadership responsibilities in this church and other churches.
One of the great things that were accomplished this year through VBS was the beginning of our Middle School Ministry. The Middle School class during Vacation Bible School enrolled 5 preteens and averaged 4 each night. There were that many 5th graders that will be advancing to Middle School in the fall. This means that we now have a possibility of reaching at least 10 young people in Middle School by September which will virtually double the size of our overall Youth Ministry.
I am grateful that Robin Jordan has felt led of the Lord to teach our new Middle School class in Sunday School. You will need to pray for her and for her new class as it gets underway the first Sunday in July. We will be contacting all those who were enrolled in Bible School to be a part of this new effort for the Lord. If you have a child or know of a child who is in the 6th through the 8th grade, make a contact and bring them along with you to Sunday School. I am praying that God will make this new class fill up the space we have and overflow so that the room will not be big enough to house all the preteens that come. THANK YOU ROBIN AND GOD BLESS YOU AS YOU LAUNCH YOUR NEW CLASS.
There is much more that I could thank God about today, but space will not permit it. I want you to know that I am thankful for Grace Baptist Church and the way God is working in and through us. TO GOD BE THE GLORY!