Monday, July 21, 2008

It could be a country and western song.

One day down folks and three to go with Mercy Street's VBS. When we had 22 volunteers show up punctually at 8:30 for a 9:15 start time and the first child didn't walk through our doors until 9:30, we were reminded we were "livin' on West Dallas Time".

It's not always that way, oh, wait, yes it is.

There is just a little more latitude given to matters of on-timedness over here in the 'hood and we've learned to work around it. We just make the start time of an event is about 30 minutes earlier than we actually need it to start and we're all good.

We had about 20 kids come today which was pretty disappointing for me. It's easy to get caught up in the numbers and if I'm perfectly honest it hurts my pride a little. One of the teachers echoed so many others today that reminded me; the kids who come are hand-picked to be there each day by their Father who cares only that they hear His word and see His reflection in all of us.

Thank you for praying for this week and please continue to do so. Even if our numbers are small, these kids need us to hug them, to look them in the eye, to hear their unsure answers to questions, and to be the hands and feet of Christ, and maybe give them a lot of candy.

Oh, and not to call the little boys, little girls. I did that twice today.


Kim said...

Jesus left 99 sheep and went after 1 lost little lamb.

If you have a part in changing the eternity of one kiddo this week, all your hard work will have been more than worth it!

Amy Beth @ Ministry So Fabulous! said...

I get the numbers thing. :) Been there, done that and don't want to go back. Proud of you.

Jess said...

This year at our VBS we had the lowest numbers in over 10 years... but you know what... we had more saved this year than in 3 years put was AWESOME...and like I said before God has a plan! Have a great week and I will continue to pray.

Daisy Girl said...

Hope you have a great week. Things just don't always turn out how we plan or how we think. God has the plan and I think we need to be good stewards to do what he calls us to do. It sounds like you are right where you need to be. I will be praying that He will use you and this VBS for His glory!

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happygeek said...

I call everyone sweetie. Much easier.

Still praying up here in Canada that children would know how much you (and Jesus) love them and that your volunteers would see that it's not about programs, or numbers it's about serving Christ by serving kids.