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The boys and girls club kids couldn’t come to bible school on Friday. They had some thing else already planned. So we decided to deliver their crafts from this week, some left over craft supplies, the race track, a roller coaster cake and a display of pictures from the week. It was our last stop before heading out of town.
They were in the yard of the club having a fun day to end their summer program. As soon as they caught sight of us one of my students, Able, coming running toward me. He said “Miss Miss” and gave me a hug. He was soaking wet. They had an inflatable water slide as part of their last day. Then he said, “Watch me go down the slide!” There were at least half a dozen other kids that asked me to watch them go down the slide. They would say, “Did you see me do that flip?” or “Did you see me hit that bump?” I always responded “It was awesome!” They were saying what we all say. Do you see me? Do I matter? Will you take the time?
I moved to another part of the yard and found a few more of my students. I had close to 20 students for two of the days of Bible School. It was a challenge keeping track of all of them and even getting to know all their names. Two of my boys, Jeremiah and James said, “Do you remember me?” “Of course I remember you!” I responded. But one of the boys just had to test me. “Who’s class was I in?” “Mine, silly!” I responded. Then he gave me a big smile. He just wanted to know if he was important enough to remember. Of course he was! We all just wanna know that we are important to someone else.
After that I found my way over to an area where kids were able to cash in tickets that they won from games for prizes. I saw two of the girls and asked them what kinda cool stuff they got. They showed me some markers, little toys and trinkets. One of them handed me a bracelet and the other handed me a Christmas ornament. I said, “Oh no girls those are yours”. One of them said, “So you remember me.” Holding back tears I said, “Of course I’ll remember you!” Don’t we all just want to be remembered?
I will never forget those kids! And I hope they never forget the Bible School people that love God and love them!
Thanks to everyone that supplied us with cookies, veggies, fruit and snacks for the bus trip that kept us well fed! We are in New Mexico now. Busting boredom on our last stretch by counting cow, trains, windmills and cars. The cows are winning!!
I’ve been reflecting on God’s mercies. Yesterday we spent about half of our drive going through construction areas but it only slowed us down twice. It really could have been a much longer day. The weather has been great the whole time. And we’ve been safe along the way. Praise God!
“Change My Heart” is the name of one of the vbs songs. This song has ment a lot to me this week as well as the memory verse for the week. II Timothy 1:7 says “God has not given us a spirit of timidity but one of power, love and self control.” God has opened my eyes, as the song says, and helped me to see how badly I need a sprit of love and self control. I have found myself spending a lot of time and energy complaining about and cutting others down. As I struggled with this the verse about the mouth speaking from the overflow of the heart came to mind. I looked it up to get the context. It is from Matthew 12 “Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit. 34 You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. 35 A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. 36 But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. 37 For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.” My heart has not been full of good. Bible school here at North Liberty has already had a big impact on me. I believe God has already begun His spiritual preparation inside me for our trip to New Mexico. I pray that he changes my heart so that good is the overflow that comes from my mouth. I praise God for continuing His work in each and everyone of us!