Why I serve at VBS…

One event we love around Crosspoint is our summer VBS!  Crosspoint’s 2015 VBS is happening June 28-July 2.  Here is a testimony from a Crosspointer on why they serve at VBS and how God has worked in her family’s life through VBS…

 

Why do I serve at VBS? That’s a hard question for me. I really didn’t want to give an answer. I was thinking about how to politely deny the offer to write a testimony when it hit me; VBS is what brought you to this church in the first place, do it, just suck it up and do it. So here we go.

I initially started serving at VBS simply because someone asked me. That’s it, nothing special, someone just asked me to help and I said okay. God has taught me many things through the years, but through VBS I have seen the way you can reach a child just by listening to them, talking with them, going on small adventures with them! My favorite VBS moment was about a year and half after our family moved to Eureka. I still didn’t know very many people, just a couple of parents from the school that I would talk to while waiting to pick up my daughter. Then school ended and one evening during the summer, someone knocked on the door, it was a little boy from my daughters’ class, he wanted to invite her to come to VBS! She thought it sounded fun so I took her. When we found her group I got to talk to her group leader for a moment, we were talking about church and how we didn’t currently have one that we called home. We were Baptist, the kind with the good ole yelling, jumping on pews preacher, so I wasn’t sure if we would fit in or even like it here. He told me that he used to be another denomination, and that everyone fits in at Crosspoint.

I would have never guessed how much that one simple conversation would change our lives. When I came back to get her she was so happy, she was singing and dancing and having so much fun. She really liked her group leader, he was so much fun and she couldn’t wait to come back for the rest of VBS. On the last night, there was a family night and my husband and I came with her and watched all of those kids sing and dance for God. Right there, watching those kids sing and dance we decided we would give Crosspoint a try. We have been attending ever since, nearly five years now.

One of the things I love most about VBS is the look of excitement on a child’s face when they walk through the door on night two. On the first night, as the kids arrive a lot of them are a little nervous or unsure of what and how things are going to happen, but once it’s over and they realize how fun it is, they get so excited, you can just see it all over them when they arrive on night two.

The most challenging part, for me, is all of the people, I’m not much of a people person, I’m typically quite shy and have to make genuine effort to not be. So when I was asked to lead a group of people, my instincts said NO, no no no, run, run away and hide, but for some reason my mouth said okay, like it knew what was best for me. I think we can thank God for that one.

And now here I am, three years later still serving and still loving it! The best part is this year I get to serve with that little girl and that little boy that first brought us to VBS.