Recently I witnessed a friend and his two VBS directors get slimmed with the cold fermented remains of the weeks' snacks. It was not a pretty sight, but the kids howled and the leaders were great sports - even if extremely messy.
It was all for a good cause. The girls and boys had been competing all week to see which group could donate the most to the mission project. Amazingly, the goal of $8,000 was surpassed and almost doubled. For that amount he probably should have been required to visit the slim booth more than once!
Competition has long been a part of the VBS week - competition between boys and girls, between grades, between kids and workers.
In addition to the slimming mentioned above, I have heard of pastors who have had to kiss pigs and donkeys. There have also been stories of VBS directors being dunked in tanks of water, receiving pies in the face, and the required eating the grossest (is that even a word?) of foods.
Prizes have been awarded, pizza and swimming parties promised, and ice cream served by the gallons - all in the name of competition.
So, the questions is, what have you or your pastor done in the name of competition? I look forward to hearing from you. The VBS team would love to see pictures as well.