The last week in July was a busy one for us. We helped our daughter Elisabeth as she directed Vacation Bible School at her church First Baptist of Mentone. The VBS had a summer camp theme: “Camp Sonset” which had the children run through a mini camping experience each night. Borrowing from our camp program themes and experience, Lisa and I pitched in.
Lisa had a great time with the youngest group, 3-5 year olds, teaching, doing crafts, and simply loving on these cute little ones. I, Art, played a dramatic larger- than-life host in the most exciting game show in Mentone, “Who wants to be a Missionary.” It was a fun way to teach and challenge children about missions. The show featured crazy characters each evening, who purposely gave us less than accurate answers to questions about missions.
Monday, Brenda Bugworthy, ornithologist , visited our lesson time to help us explain, Who can be a missionary?, What is a missionary? And What is the message of a missionary? She was great, but she came up short behind one of the children.
Tuesday, Molly Mallhopper, shopping enthusiast, came with coupons for everything imaginable thinking the show was Who wants to BUY a missionary? She helped us explain where missionaries serve, rewards of being a missionary, and the power missionaries need for service.
Wednesday, Professor Edward Egghead, mad scientist, explained in detail his theories of missionaries, their characteristics, age, and how churches are planted. We discovered you don’t use church seeds to plant a church and that even people as old as Art can still serve. (caption: It must have been exhausting!)
Each night also had a serious guest as four of the church’s missionaries joined us along with Pastor Mike Wilhite. Thank you to the great young people who were willing to be a little silly so that the children had a fun time learning Only eternity will tell what an impact was made. The whole team of workers, teachers, snack people, MC Brandon and Director Elisabeth made the week a successful time.
On our event line, this Saturday, Elisabeth and Brandon will be married. Pray for us in all that pertains to the starting of their brand new family.
Please respond to this especially if you would like to meet with us while we are home. Our September schedule still has room for individual meetings. Our departure, October 23rd will be here before we know it and we still have much to do. Looking forward to seeing many of you. Help us make that happen.