Thursday, August 03, 2006

Fiesta! is history...Viva!

We knew it had to come to an end.

By Sunday, all the material evidence of Fiesta! will most likely have been tossed, recycled or removed and no one will know that for five nights nearly 250 kids and more than 170 volunteers sang songs, made crafts, played games, watched a DVD of a chipmunk stranded in the desert, and we experienced dramas that seemed to come to life before our eyes.

But what made it all more than just songs, games and fun was that it was all about Jesus, all wrapped in prayer and we got to dig inside our hearts to get closer to God and to think more about others as Jesus would want us to do.

We met strangers who became friends. Maybe for some, Jesus is more of a friend now and less of a stranger.

We prayed. The adults prayed for the kids and some of our kids took up the challenge to pray for their leaders. Some took up other challenges, like talking to someone about Jesus or drawing a poster that shows Jesus' love for us. Others did nice things for people in their family.

I'll be honest. I'm tired. Bone tired. My eyelashes ache. My head hurts. I was ready to leave the Fiesta! What I hope is that the lessons, the feelings and the excitement about Jesus that these kids experienced this week will stay with them the rest of their lives. If they remember the fun and craziness and that all this was about Jesus -- then this exhaustion is worth it.

On Sunday, the kids will sing. They can just sing at the service they are attending, no need to stay for both. They can wear their orange Fiesta! t-shirts.



At Friday, August 04, 2006 12:04:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just have to share a couple thoughts. Being able to serve in many areas at this years VBS FIESTA was an awesome experience to see Christs work in the lives of both the kids and the adults attending and volunteering. Serving one night as a crew leader, to an unforgetable group of kids, I saw the surprising depths of their faith and was moved to tears when I took-in the celebration center full of kids singing "You Gave", realizing the impact that song being sung by the children could have on them and the adults around them. Helping kids of all sizes to place their "flowers" on the cactus, as a symbol of giving their lives to Christ was a blessing for me personally. Lifting tiny bodies (and some big ones too!) to place that pin into the cactus allowed me to see the awesome possibility of Christs impact in even the youngest of children. I found myself saying a prayer, even though short, for each child I literally lifted up to Christ. Praises and Thanksgiving to the LORD for his work in the hearts of all present. Praying for FIESTA to live on in the children and families. And now ready for a little SIESTA from all things VBS!!


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