Do good, seek peace, and go after it.
(Our guiding verse for VBS)
Oh, wow! Just wow! This past week assisting with our church's Vacation Bible School is nothing short of fabulous, wondrous and heroic. Our program is "Hero Central," and all the amazing children who attend learn about super heroes in the Bible, and how they, too, can be super heroes for God right here and right now.
Granddaughter, Virginia Rose, stays with us the entire week in order to attend the daily morning events with me. Ever since last year's VBS, she has been eagerly anticipating this special time spent with us, and the opportunity to learn more about God's great love for her.
Each day, we focus on a different aspect of what makes God's super heroes so super: Heart; Courage; Wisdom; Hope, and Power. The children rotate with their class from station to station throughout the morning, but we all gather at the beginning of the day for energetic, spirit-filled songs and dances.
Every super hero needs a costume, right? So on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in Discovery, the children create shields, masks and capes that best describe the super hero they wish to be for God.
Meet Virginia, the Rainbow Heart! She has the power to change into animals, to fly, and transform objects into different colors. (And yes, she came up with this compendium of ideas all by herself!)
And what super hero would be complete if he or she didn't help others? Virginia and her friends learn about aiding poor families in Haiti; we bring in money earmarked for Heifer International, an organization that provides farm animals for people who otherwise couldn't afford them. We raise almost $500! In addition to this, our super heroes also donate a total of 84 jump ropes that will be taken to Haitian children by our mission team this week. What big hearts these kids have!
We enjoy dedicated Bible story time, too, where the children learn of heroes in the Old and New Testaments. Heart: the anointing of King David. Courage: Abigail taking provisions to David and his army against the will of her husband. Wisdom: The boy, Jesus, astounding the teachers in the temple. Hope: Jesus teaching the Beatitudes. Power: God raises Jesus from the dead.
Outdoor activities are a must for these active and growing super heroes! And what could be better than playing with Captain Shield, our VBS leader?
Unless, it's a special visit from Wonder Woman!
But the most astonishing event, and the one that creates unbridled excitement for Virginia Rose and her new friend, Stella, happens on the very last day of Hero Central.