Friday, August 11, 2017

Mission Trip 2017- Day 4

Is it Day 4 already?

Yep, that means it's the second Day of VBS! Somehow we all made it through the night which I'm sure was due to the gentle sound of the rain pitter pattering on the tin roof at Haven. For those of us who wake up at 6am ready for a shower and coffee, ie yours truly, I noticed the rain was still there hanging around in a ginormous pregnant pause. You could see it like a curtain of mist on the hills where tea leaves were already being picked. If enough of the grey clouds pushed our way it would spell RAIN. Time for another prayer for us to have no rain for VBS. As the sun finally peeked through in places that morning the mist cleared just enough, Thank you Jesus!!! Not today Satan.
It was a little harder to gather the troops this morning. Not everyone was having an espresso filled morning as sleepy looking eyes greeted me at breakfast.. Except one extremely chipper individual..

Yes, my bestie looks this beautiful everyday. That is why we let her be the Bible Story teller, and if you've ever had the pleasure of being in her company you know she not only tells a great story, but has the stage voice and facial expressions that keep little children entertained.
 Oh well, we still gathered, prayed and made it up the hill!! Remember those stairs from yesterday, well several of us slide down a few. Somehow I remained up right, while others of us had red dirt smears in new places.
Today's Bible story would be Daniel and the Lions Den on how God rescues and saves. What I left out of the post yesterday was the assemble that went into the crafts for the kids each day. This year again my sister in law Cindy and Kathy were in charge of crafts. Here are some cute pics of the craft prep!
Katie, my niece making the lion puppet bags for each kid.
Cindy getting the craft ready for the bigger kids!
Kathy helping the kids make pretty lion puppets!
As you can tell, VBS today went off w/o a hitch. Today was the day we would be going over the ABC's and doing what we call in church an alter call. Usually Janice is there to do this for me. I prayed again for God to give me the words to say as I used the bead craft to explain to them how our Sin messed everything up.
It went something like this:
The black bead represents our Sin, and our sin is what separates us from God. But, God bc of His great love for us didn't leave us in our Sin, but sent His Son Jesus to die on the cross as the ultimate and finally sacrifice for our sin. It was His (red bead) blood that was the payment of all our sin. But the cross means nothing if we don't accept Jesus's gift as payment for our sin and ask Jesus to forgive us of our sin and come into our life and wipe our sins away making us (white bead) pure and clean again. After accepting Jesus into our lives and making Him our Savior when then get baptized (blue bead) to tell everyone about the decision we have made. The green bead is next and it represents our new life growing in Christ. In the knowledge of Him and a relationship with HIM. Last is the yellow bead. This is HIS light shinning in us claiming us as HIS for all eternity. So that we will also be a light in this world for HIM. After I explained this and went over the ABC prayer I asked those who wanted to accept Jesus as their Savior to raise their hand and pray after me. Immediately about 15 hands went up, then more hands. All I can tell you is that God was with me as I prayed that simple prayer. Dear Lord Jesus, I admit that I'm a sinner and I believe you died on the cross from my sins, I ask you to come into my life today and be my savior and I confess that you are Lord. Thank you for saving me. In your name I pray Jesus, Amen.
Many years ago as a GA, I went to camp at Piney Woods Baptist Encampment. A missionary was there from Africa that summer telling us about the people, showing us parts of their lifestyle and culture through beads, blankets, and dolls. Very clearly that day I felt Jesus calling me to be a missionary to Africa. After a few years the feeling faded and what I wanted to be when I grew up became more important. Not that I stopped being a Christian, but as some of us good Christian's do we tell ourselves what we want to hear. God can use me in whatever career I choose. And yes He can, the truth is He doesn't even need us. It took me a while to realize that I could be the best in each job I had. RM of the year my 1st year as a Regional with Nordstrom to most recently only part-time million dollar seller in the company. Then one day in a fitting room one of my clients commented after he tried on the suits I had recut for him: You are saving the world one suit at a time. It's funny how things hit you. Instead of feeling joy or pride from his complement I only felt sad. Then I said to myself, hum I really should be trying to save the world one soul at a time. Soon after I quit my job. Now I spend my time trying to do what God wants me to do. And interestingly enough for the past 3 years I have been a missionary of sorts to Africa.
 God never gives up on us.
Ok, maybe that was a little heavy like the rain that started up again late that night, but maybe just maybe it has made you think about what God is calling you to do.
Ok stay tuned for tomorrows Day 5 post.....

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