VBS teachers and workers are some of the most significant people on this planet because they are volunteers who give selflessly of their time and talents out of their love for children and God. Every time they tell a Bible or missions story, teach a Bible verse, lead a VBS song, help a child be successful in making a craft or playing a game, or serve a snack; they play significant roles in preparing children to make the decision of a lifetime—to accept Christ as their Savior.
As Sophia on The Golden Girls would say, “Picture this. Nashville, Tennessee. 1962. VBS.” I was brought up in a Christian family where we went to church whenever the doors were open. My dad led family worship every night before bedtime. We were taught to tithe and be involved in missions. From the time I could walk and talk, there was never a time that I did not know about God and Jesus. But “head knowledge” and “heart knowledge” are two completely different things. And it took a VBS teacher in the summer of 1962 to show me that only Jesus could fill the empty place inside me that I had been experiencing for quite a while. But the most amazing part of this decision is that God already had orchestrated how this would all play out.
When I graduated from high school, God called me to work at the Baptist Sunday School Board in Nashville. I worked several jobs there before moving to the VBS section in the early 1990s. For me, this was like coming home because I was right back where I started—in VBS.
I can’t remember the name of that special VBS teacher who shared with me the plan of salvation, but she definitely played a very significant role in my life. One of these days, I hope that God will lead me to her in heaven so that I can thank her.
Never underestimate your role in VBS. Every VBS job is important—to the children and to God!
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“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6, KJV
“Teach a youth about the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6, HCSB®