“And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates.” ~Deuteronomy 6:6-9
Praise the Lord it is almost time for our Children’s Crusade better known as Vacation Bible School or VBS. In advance of the week we will have contacted several homes by mail, by door hangers, flyers, newspaper and new this year, by Facebook! Several of our families will also be engaged in inviting and transporting. The themes this year is Underwater Adventure. The boys and girls will have a contest between the Hammer Head Sharks and the Tiger Sharks. It’s one of the few times a year we, as adults, get to act goofy(er) and still be spiritual. We really do get to become as a “little child,” although I am not sure that’s not what the Lord was referring to. This year our evangelist is Bret Yates, who is coming to us from Maryland.
So why do I refer to this as a Children’s Crusade and not simply VBS? That is easy! First, it involves the Whole (or the majority) of our church to participate. Workers will range for the 80’s down to the teens. We need child care givers, general workers, teachers for student 1st—6th
grade, kitchen staff, clean up, registration, van drivers, money counters, and personal trainers to lead others to Christ. This year I
hope to unleash a band of prayer warriors during the preaching time. Some may not be able to attend and work but they can petition God for souls.
The other reason we think of this as a Crusade is because of the major emphasis on outreach and evangelism. The whole purpose of this crusade is to not only reach precious young souls but potentially the whole family. God can do a mighty that week if we are prepared and prayed up. Won’t you pray?!