Praise God for two more great days in Chicago loving on children and their families at VBS. We spent an extended time Wednesday morning doing devotions and wrestling through a passage of Scripture together and praying together. I’m sure that for some of the students, this was a stretching experience since it was over 2 hours long altogether.
During the afternoon we worked on a service project together filling backpacks with school supplies which we plan to deliver on Thursday to a local elementary school that is located a couple blocks away in the Portage Park neighborhood. We split into teams and one team wrote cards to go into the backpacks, another team prayed over the backpacks and the children and families that would be receiving them, and the third team assembled the backpacks with their school supplies. Please pray that the relationship between Christ Our Saviour Church and William P. Gray Elementary School that just began will continue to grow and that God will provide open doors for the Gospel and additional opportunities for the church to be a blessing to the local public school in the name of Christ.
Our third night of VBS went well. We have debriefed each morning and it is neat to see the team working together to improve each night. The water games were a big hit since it was very hot and humid. Kids love the Funky Beats Room where they get to play on bucket drums and learn different beats each night. The skit team has been doing an amazing job acting out the story and engaging the children showing the contrast between the Glory-Giver and the Glory-Getter. The worship song leaders are also doing a wonderful job leading us all from stage. As always, the kids really enjoy making the crafts. We had over 30 children attend Wednesday night and a number of adults stayed to watch the videos we have offered for them while the children go through the various stations. The first two nights we played a couple Louie Giglio videos and starting Wednesday night we began a video series by Francis Chan on the basics of Christianity. Pray that the parents would grow through these videos as well.
Thursday was “Sleep-In Thursday”. This provided some much needed rest for the team. We had brunch at the church provided by the COSC youth group with a few Filipino components. Then we went to the park to do our devotions and did some swimming and played ultimate frisbee before heading back to the church in the afternoon to prep for the Thursday evening VBS. It went well again. We just finished visiting with our host family and watching some of the Olympics together.