"One thing I know; the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve."
We are hosting our third annual Basketball Vacation Bible School Camp, a 4 day event organized by our Kid's ministry and a host of amazing volunteers. Each evening is a mix of...an all group worship kick off, Bball drills & skill development, rotating age specific stations with bible lessons that relate to the theme, halftime of goodies, a nurses station, memory verse prizes and it ends Saturday with a competition and awards celebration for the whole family. It really is an amazing event.
One of the things I enjoy is watching the interaction between the volunteers and the kids. Above is a little boy who lives in our neighborhood, his family is from Kazakhstan. I had a chance to talk to his father who was watching from the side...he spoke little english, but he was checking things out. As were many other parents that do not attend Jacob's Well. I think there is nothing more sincere and authentic as far as outreach goes...than serving, empowering, loving and laughing with children. Many families drop their kids off at the camp and we never see them come to our other church activities...but the influence, connection and support in providing good activities for their children...adds up. It becomes street cred around here.
These type of outreaches are a lot of work, and require committed help that will take a lot of time out of their busy lives...but the eternal investment and the immediate rewards are so rich. I find myself extremely proud of seeing Jesus shine through all these volunteers; their love, smiles, hugs, encouragement and joy, glorifies the Lord and makes this neighborhood...a better place to live.
Great job team...you're making a difference...one heart and a time.