Today, I’m spending a lot of time reflecting on this week’s events and preparing for worship with you tomorrow. It’s been an incredible week. We’ve had the spiritual high of Mount Everest Vacation Bible School, and the anger, grief, and despair of the Charleston massacre. It’s hard to put into words the range of emotions we’ve had, but I’ve been grateful to be together in church every day.
We could not have asked for a better week at VBS. God poured out his blessings on us, and we have several people to thank personally for their great work. Children’s Minister Rhonda Smith and Co-Directors Allison Bubriski, Amy Rigsby, and Caroline Weiss planned a great VBS. Truly this was the best one I’ve ever been a part of. We registered over 300 kids for our VBS, and 120 attended sports camp. We had over 200 adult and youth volunteers.
The God Sightings wall in the Welcome Center is worth your time and reflection. A lady from Tampa told me that they’ve lived in Tallahassee for three years and have been attending our VBS each year. They’re moving back to Tampa and said that one of the things they’re going to miss the most about TLH is our VBS. She said she doesn’t know where they’re ever going to find something like this. Alden Weiss ran past me on Thursday holding up three fingers and saying, “Jesus rose from the grave in 3 days; go tell everybody!” I had the privilege of praying with Patricia Cooley to receive Christ on Friday night while we had a snow cone together. She prayed because she met with one of her Upward coaches, and they prayed together as well.
On a week of such tragedy in our country in Charleston, it was great to be together and to share the good news of Jesus. Through courageous faith, we know that we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.