I began VBS last summer. I barely knew what church looked like. I barely even knew my family. I have enthusiasm like you never seen, and my favorite place is wherever I can show off, run or jump around. I love the stage…especially when you tell me to get off it. I’ll run through the halls every day, even though all the interns have told me every day all summer that I’m not supposed to. I hate my purple square, particular because I’m required to stay inside it.
Last year my mom left my three brothers and me with our grandma and uncle. She never came back for us.
My children’s minister laughs at my missing teeth, but she hugs me and tells me every day she loves me.
One intern danced with me on stage…well, mostly he danced alone while I stared at him. Other interns showed me continual patience despite the fact that I may be crazier than most could handle. All these people showed me the unconditional love of Jesus.
I’m Nathan, and I’m in purple group (1st grade).
I have a ‘tude like you have never seen. I roll my eyes at big buddies, at my interns, at my director. It doesn’t matter who they are…I’ll roll my eyes. I whip my head around and glare into their soul.
But it’s a cover. I want them to keep trying. I test them.
I’m not like other kids. I don’t become best friends with youth group kids.I don’t really have friends in my class. I want someone who will stick around…someone who will prove his or her worth. I love my intern who treats me like her friend.
And the ones that always keep trying.
I’m an old soul, and I’ll test you. I do that because my mom doesn’t know how to love me. She hurts me and takes my stuff back to the store. But I trust my intern enough to tell her. I know she loves me unconditionally, a love that comes from the one above.
I’m Ethan, and I’m in green group (2nd grade).
I’ll trick you with my seemingly quiet personality. I’m actually mildly insane like my brother. You met him last year. You may know him as “energetic” (or insanely hyperactive, whichever you prefer).
When I first came to VBS, I didn’t really want much to do with anyone. Now, I’ll play eat-your-face-for-breakfast.
Interns refused to accept my lack of participation. Big buddies showed me love week in and week out. And still the interns pushed me to feel free to be me.
I know I’m unconditionally loved like never before. And I feel free to be me in Christ.
I’m Roxanna, and I’m in red group (Kindergarten).
Stay tuned for a coming post on the three other children. And to God be the glory.