In Plain Open Sight

ruth smallToday our friend and VBS writer, Joey Scruggs, Pastor of Preschool Ministries, shares a Colossal story from his church’s VBS at The First Family (First Baptist Church), Columbia, Tennessee. Joey will do just about anything to reach kids for Christ (as evidenced on Tacky Tourist Day!)

Tacky Tourist DaySometimes the best place to hide a special gift is in plain open sight. There are many times in our ministries we spend so much time recruiting and planning events that we overlook the obvious opportunities.

Such was the case in planning for Colossal Coaster World at our church this summer. Supplies were purchased, decorations were created, registrations were rolling in, our staff was recruited, and even special theme days were planned. This coaster was off the ground! It was at that point that I received a call from the pastor of our Hispanic ministry saying, “Do you think it would be possible to have a Hispanic class during VBS this year?” pic3

We have had a growing Hispanic ministry at our church for many years. For the most part, this ministry has worked parallel with all of our other ministries. As I pondered this minister’s question, I began to think, “Our church has supported their ministry, their children participate in our programs, they place their children in our nursery.” It was then that these seemingly simple thoughts brought me to complete halt. Their ministry is our ministry. We are not two church families, but one.

pic2Once I reached this revelation, plans began to fall into place. We acquired Spanish curriculum and our Hispanic pastor recruited bilingual teachers and assistants who were available just in case there were any language issues.  We established a Hispanic class for Bible teaching, but incorporated the Hispanic children into our rotations because we wanted them to have interaction with all of the other children.

We had great success! This overlooked, obvious opportunity became a very special gift and has now created a bridge between our ministries. pic1



A Lesson in Trusting God

Esther, Joy, Elijah, and Josiah

Esther, Joy, Elijah, and Josiah

When Esther and Joy were newborns, they moved to Peru so that their parents (my niece and her husband) could serve as missionaries with the International Christian School of Lima. Today the twins are five years old! Along with their younger brothers, Josiah and Elijah, they are always on the go—attending Sunday School and church, going to preschool, learning to speak Spanish, or eating at McDonald’s!

Recently, their parents had some exciting news for them! This summer, when they go back to the states, they won’t be there for just a few weeks. They will be there for a whole year (while daddy and mommy are on sabbatical)!

Listen to a bit of the girls’ phone conversation with Nana and Papa (two of their state-side grandparents):

Joy: I will be sad to leave my friends.

Esther: But, we don’t have to worry when we leave Peru because we won’t leave God in Peru. He will go with us.

Joy: Yeah, Nana, God has a plan for us.

What great insights! For these preschoolers, coming back to the states is both exciting and a little scary. But in the midst of their uncertainties, they are learning to face their fear and trust God. After all, He’s the One with the plan, and He will be with them wherever they go.

Our preschool Bible verse is “God helps me. I will not be afraid.” Hebrews 13:6 Do you have a story about a preschooler in your life who understands this truth? Share it with us!