this summer has been amazing. this team of interns (and my assistant emmy hendricks and cohort Jason Underhill… not pictured-sharon, jason’s assistant) has been incredible.
working tirelessly to pull off a kidz camp and kidz vbs within 3 weeks has been an “in the trenches” effort. the way that vbs has been going, has taught me a great lesson… working ahead is crucial.
because of the prep work we did for both events in the beginning of the summer, we have been able to focus on the little details and have an excellent experience for all involved. every minute we spent in preparation, is a minute that we can spend absorbing the moment with the kids and volunteers.
the other great thing… everyone likes each other and is FOR each other. when you are on a team that is FOR each other, then everything feels like a worthy experience. when you are cutting felt ears for 1700 sock donkey puppets (that’s 3400 ears, friends) with people you love, it feels like a hang out. when schlepping boxes and boxes out of a truck in 113 degree heat… it’s a bonding experience. do everything you can to surround yourself with people you love to be with. it makes everything better.
i’m honored to work with this group of people. grateful for a church that cares enough about kids to provide as many ways as we possibly can to teach them the truth of the bible. overwhelmed with the goodness of God in his kindness to us this summer with this special time.
if you asked my team if they know how i feel… i trust they would tell you yes. i believe they would tell you that they know how valued they are, what i love about each of them and what they have been able to add to their resume this summer. that’s been the goal… provide an environment that helps them love the church, love being part of things that have eternal value, grow as workers and believers, and laugh a whole lot. the work has been hard, and we are all tired, but we have a happy exhaustion in knowing that it has all been worth every minute.
if one person… one child… has a life that is changed forever… i know that each of us would gladly cut out 3,400 more ears.
what are you doing today that has eternal value?