Thursday, July 22, 2010
This day was scheduled as a very long and busy day. We would begin with devotion as usual, then head to Nueva Vida for our last day of VBS. The craft was the Ten Truths bracelet. It was a lot of fun and the children really seemed to enjoy it. We combined the two younger groups so we could have a time at the end for a big group session. At the end of the group session we presented a love offering to the Carreions along with a baby gift. Vicky is about 3 months pregnant and due in January. Afterwards, all the kids went outside to enjoy some watermelon. It was delicious!
After watermelon and good-byes, we loaded up and headed to the Bel Aire Rec Complex to help the True Life Church with their Awesome Rockin’ Jam Camp. The craft today was a salvation necklace made from different colored guitar picks, black, red & white. Black, we were are in darkness while in sin; Red, Jesus blood on the cross forgives us of our sins if we accept him as our Lord and Savior; White, we are now clean and all our sins are wiped away. The children really enjoyed it. This was our 3rd day with this group and one little boy raised his hand at one point and said, “I don’t mean to be rude, but why do you all keep talking about God?” I was slightly taken aback since “talking about God” was the main reason we were even in Wichita but VERY impressed that someone of his age would be so polite and have the courage to ask such a question. Sheila Sandefur and I were working the craft table and explained why we were in Wichita and working with them at their camp and then carried on with the craft. It was a great learning experience for me.
After we finished the camp, we left and headed straight to the block party for the True Life Church that we were going to set up in a video store parking lot about 2 blocks away. They conducted a block party every Thursday evening to meet people in the community and tell them about the True Life Church. There was a bouncy slide/obstacle course, bouncy house, snocone machine, and cotton candy (my favorite). It was a great turn out. A very steady flow of people. We finished a little after 8pm by packing up the inflatables, etc. Then we headed back to our base camp church. My girls had gone back to the base camp church much earlier with Casey Rainer and Sheila Sandefur. When Jason and I returned back to the church Sheila was giving my girls a shower. I could have KISSED her! She was my hero. I was exhausted and knew that was still on my plate and could not have been more appreciative to have it done.
After we all got cleaned up we sat down for our last evening devotional and stayed up talking for a few hours. Then off to bed and on the road headed home the next morning. It was a wonderful experience for our entire family. I feel we each grew a little bit and I greatly enjoyed getting to know more of our church family more intimately.
I’m looking forward to next year.
Written by Karin Alvarado