I had the privilege of helping out with VBS at my church this year and wanted to share a bit about the experience. It was definitely a God thing that led to me volunteering! I had posted something about the Senior Gift Boxes I make on my shop's Facebook page one day, and the leader of VBS saw it. She had already had on her heart to have the kids make some crafts for the nursing home ministry at VBS this year and asked if I would help out. I knew it was a God opportunity to bless both the kids and the elderly!
I admit to being nervous about the idea since I don't have experience in the children's ministry, but I fully trusted the Lord to walk me through each step of the way. Of course He was there every night to lead and guide not just me, but all of the awesome volunteers, and to provide an amazing experience for the children. It was really touching to see such young children praising God, knowing so much about Him in their lives already and asking questions about what they didn't know. One young boy asked what "savior" meant one night, and the next day he asked for prayer to receive Jesus as his own Lord and savior. :)
The craft time was special as they worked hard to make different items for the nursing home residents. I think my favorite is the wood slices pictured with hand-written Bible verses. They also painted plastic mason jars, and small crosses that included a charm and magnet with the Bible verse from John 3:16: "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life". They also included personalized notes in each box, encouraging the residents to trust the Lord and letting them know how much He loves them!
Overall the children packed up 46 boxes full of encouraging items that were delivered to a local nursing home this past weekend. I have no doubt that theses gifts that were given were a huge blessing and encouragement to the elderly who received them. I pray as they read the scriptures and notes from the children, that they know how much they're loved and not forgotten!
I have to say, the whole experience encouraged my own faith and I feel so blessed to have been a part of it! I think it's a good lesson in trusting God when He asks us to step out of our comfort zones. It increases our faith as He provides, and there is so much blessing in the obedience not just in the lives of others, but also our own!