Not every family (child) is able to take a vacation (or go on a ski trip) during Spring Break. So, this year my Director of Children and Family Ministries decided to have a Vacation Bible School in March. By recruiting volunteers from our church and joining forces with the ministry team of Shoulder to Shoulder, coupled with workers from the Salvation Army, we were prepared to host 60+ children from our community.
We have never tried to do a VBS during Spring Break before. (Some thought our Children's Director had lost her mind). Would we actually be able to get enough volunteers to host an educational event during a week when so many are traveling or have special family plans? But volunteers showed up. Some were adults, some were High School students. Many were not even from our church. One volunteer had only visited our church for about three weeks but when given the opportunity said, "I'll be there." So I simply want to say, "Thank you" to some special people who gave of their time, energy, and effort to make Spring Break a special time for some special children who need to know that they are important and loved!
Dr. Allen Schneider is a United Methodist pastor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist presently serving the Sapulpa and greater Tulsa communities.