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here is why i’m geeking out about vbs!

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You know, VBS is always a fun time, and we have done some great ones with our lhkidz… but this year… I can’t even explain to you how excited I’m getting. It’s going to be amazing.

We really love missions at long hollow. There are constantly trips heading around the world to share the truth of Jesus. There are also contant local missions going on. We take our job to spread the gospel to the world very seriously. To that end… we have been planning an amazing week for the kids that are going to be with us for vbs.

I can’t quit talking about it (apologies to those who cross my path anytime soon). We are partnering with the @longhollowgo team to bring the stories and realities that they face when they GO to our kids.

Our world tour is going to take us to the orphanages and opportunities that we are participating all over the world.  our message to the world, GOD LOVES YOU, so much that he sent his son for you.

After talking to Erica Ho this week, I got even more excited, and I realized something.

I’ve been writing VBS lessons for our missions teams for almost 1.5 years. The team wanted to be strategic about what we are teaching kids, and intentional about not repeating the same old stories. The lessons they have been getting are geared toward their circumstances (which are much different than american kids – for example, you can’t use a lot of examples of parents and siblings, traditional schools, and the other stuff that we normally use to teach our kids), and they have become discipleship lessons, not only evangelism. Of course we share the need for salvation, we are always talking about that, but we get to go deeper. These are our kids.

anyway… every team that goes to haiti or uganda, and even our student mission trips teaches a VBS experience. with that being said… I’m going to be recruiting and pushing our long hollow go team members to join us for VBS here at home. Let’s call it on-the-job training. You have a mission field every day. Come serve in it. If you haven’t participated in VBS before, now is the time. Learn how to lead kids to Christ. Learn how to teach the truths of the Bible in clear terms that anyone could understand. Participate in the miracles God is doing here at home, and take the lessons that you learn out into the world.

That’s what our kids are going to be learning at this years GOD LOVES YOU WORLD TOUR VBS EXPERIENCE.

And I just can’t wait!! Trust me when I tell you the lessons are going to change your life. The opportunity to see the lost be found, and then watch them grow… well, that’s my daily blessing. I don’t want anyone to miss it.

Now, if you don’t live here and go to Long Hollow, you are not off the hook. VBS is your local mission trip.

Have you Signed yourself up for this mission trip at your church? Don’t wait.

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you told an orphan to draw a family portrait?

how do you teach a lesson about “love your family” … to orphans. who by the very definition… don’t have families.

 

You know… i posted last night/this morning… about the lessons i was writing for our team that was going to haiti to use to teach the kids. This is HAITI: the love lesson.

(little did i know that i would decide TODAY to go on this trip. so … two painful shots and some malaria medicine later… i’m headed to haiti.)

it’s so cool because i will finally be able to tell if the lessons i’ve been writing all of these months are actually workable in the orphanage environment. and i’m most excited about this one… because i LOVE teaching about LOVE. loving kids, especially. treating them like real people and loving them hard… anyway….

I’ve been waiting for this one! Erica Ho (our missions expert) has been talking about how important it is that we teach them to love … because He loved us. that they are struggling with being loving … and sharing… and stealing… huh… doesnt sound that different than everyone, does it? but remember, these are people who have lost their parents. they are cared for and loved by the “mamas” but they do not have an immediate family per se. erica and i have been waiting for the chance to teach them this. the truths in the bible about loving one another.

so, imagine teaching LOVE YOUR FAMILY to an orphan. here’s the thing, God is so cool… that He gives me creativity when i am trying to tell His Story… that makes sense, dontcha think? Anyway… they will learn the story of Ruth and her steadfastness to Naomi.

then they will draw a family portrait. WHAT?! how does an orphan draw a family portrait?!

the directions are easy… we will have them draw a picture of themselves and one of the friends from the orphanage… after you explain this: everyone who knows Christ is part of his eternal family… and every friend you have that also knows him is part of your eternal family… so you see, LOVE YOUR FAMILY is really a lesson for all of us.

all believers are in our eternal family. all people who do not believe… are without a family for eternity. THEY are the orphans.

who will you invite into the family?

(btw… in case anyone was wondering, i’m headed to the bball tourney tomorrow… just so i can talk to someone about heaven. pray.)

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