I had always thought that hosting my own Vacation Bible School would be fun. Since 2011, I have attended the week-long VBS, loving the songs, crafts, and delicious snacks. Last year, I had considered the idea of having my own VBS, too — though it never became a reality.
My dad was talking to my sister and I about how Matthew’s Hope, the homeless ministry he volunteers at, wanted people to bring Vacation Bible Schools to their preschool.
They were really asking churches though, not 12-year-old girls. The idea sounded fun, but I was almost positive the same thing would happen last year. Nothing.
My dad wasn’t so sure. “Pastor Scott always says, ‘do what you can, not what you can’t,'” he explained. “They’ll take anybody — church or not.” Soon after, he was dialing Matthew’s Hope, and upon failure to contact the preschool teacher, invited me to e-mail her.
So I sent Mrs. Allen a message, explaining that I was just a girl with a passion for teaching and a love for kids and Jesus — no church group or adult leadership or curriculum to back me up. Just one day later, she replied.
Thrilled and anxious to hear whether or not I was accepted, I raced through her e-mail. She had sent me four available weeks, saying I could do what ever I’d like: snacks, Bible stories, literally- ANYTHING.
I jumped up with a grin as wide as the Red Sea, hopping happily to my parent’s bedroom. My mom glanced up at me. I excitedly told her the good news, a smile still on my face.
Over the next few days, I e-mailed back and forth with the teacher, giving her updates on our decisions and asking different questions.
On some days, I get stressed out, though — overwhelmed by everything that needs to be completed. But having a mom that taught elementary kids and us too really helps. She’s told me before that she truly thinks this is from God, and reminds me I don’t have to be anxious.
And of course, my excitement reminds me how much fun it’s going to be.
I’ll write about the VBS after it happens in early August. 🙂