Playing on God’s Team
by Caroline Morales
As one of Impact’s children’s ministers, I always take a big deep breath when VBS is over for the summer. It is a bittersweet moment to see the walls that were once decorated now empty, all the reading books put away, and the crafts taken home. I miss seeing the kids everyday, the excitement in our buildings, and chants of “We love Jesus, yes we do, we love Jesus, how bout you!”. But the sweet feeling comes knowing the amount of lives that were touched by God during our summer program.
Our theme this summer was “God’s Team” – we decorated with the Olympics in mind and spent each week learning about how God calls us to work together and equips us with what we need. I have now spent over 10 summers working with Impact’s VBS, and God continues to teach me just as much (if not more) than the kids each summer. This summer in particular I was amazed by the wonderful team at Impact. On the 2nd day of VBS, my 4 month old son was sick and needed to go to the doctor. I had a lot of responsibilities that needed to be covered for these few hours that I was gone and it happened seamlessly. One of our high school students, Sarah, sat at my desk and handled any issues at the front of the building, the interns made sure lunch was served without any hiccups, another minister periodically checked in at the building to make sure there were no disasters, and my fellow children’s minister, Lluvia, prayed for my son. When I got back that afternoon, a visiting youth group adult sponsor held my sick baby while I dismissed the kids to go home on our vans and buses.
This little story is just a glimpse into all the people that work together each day to share God’s love with our Impact children. I didn’t even mention the van drivers, reading teachers, youth groups, prayer warriors, financial givers, and many others who play a vital role in shining the light of Jesus at Impact all summer long. I’m so grateful to be part of such an amazing team who loves my two children as well as my “Impact kids” so well each day.