Monday, July 01, 2013
One of the major focuses of the Ambler Mission trip this July was to run a Vacation Bible School (VBS) program each day for the children (with the exception of the 4th of July Holiday). Monday was the first day of VBS!
Like every other morning in Alaska, the team started the day in prayer. Each morning while in Ambler, a team member reads a bible verse and leads a short lesson on the impact of that verse.
This morning, Victoria read Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” The key takeaway from this verse is to note that everyone has the choice to think negative or positive thoughts… and regardless of the choice, actions and ultimate circumstances will be a reflection of the thought choice made.
After Victoria read Philippians 4:8, the team prayed together. A big prayer was for many children to come out to VBS. The team also prayed for the ability to connect with the Ambler children, for the children’s hearts and minds to open, and for the team to effectively speak God’s word. Another funny, but serious, prayer request was for the surplus of mosquitoes to drop (in Ambler, the mosquitoes are the size of golf balls this time of year, and they are everywhere). The team knew if the mosquitoes were bad, then that could have a big impact on our VBS attendance.
Well… God answers prayers. Not only were the mosquitoes nonexistent Monday, when the team arrived 15 minutes early to the church they were greeted by about seven kids anxious for VBS to start. Please pray for this to continue.
Julia taught the story of King David, followed by a Bible Verse search competition where the words to Psalm 18:1 were posted all around the room in both gold and blue paper (coincidentally, the Ambler School colors). The children were split into two teams. Each team had to find their team color words and then line up in the order of the verse. It was a close race, but the blue team won!
The rest of the day consisted of decorating prayer journals with stickers, nail painting & tattoos for the girls, and playing catch with the boys. The kids also taught the JFBC team a new, interesting way to play kickball.
With the day starting at 1 p.m., the team assumed that the kids would stick around until 2 or 3… buy by 5 p.m., the kids were still out in full force playing with the JFBC team. A huge blessing was that throughout the first day, the JFBC mission team reached about 30 kids.
After VBS, some of the team out on the 4-wheeler into Ambler’s wilderness. Ryan, Michael and Joseph went out on the first trip, and then Paul took Brian F. and Joseph on the second trip. This was a great opportunity for the team to see the Tundra and take some great photos.
Please continue to be in prayer for our team and the people of Ambler.