We recently completed a great week of Vacation Bible School at our church. I was part of the planning team for my church’s Vacation Bible School. This year we decided to select Compassion’s Water of Life program for our mission project. We had a boys vs. girls “loose change war” with all money collected going to Compassion.
We had so much fun with this project. I thought about what goal we should set. We are a church of around 250 members and our VBS attendance was 125 each night. I decided that collecting enough for 3 filters would be doable. If we got enough for 5, then “Wow!” that would be great. I decided to speak about Water of Life during our VBS promotion Sunday that was held in March. We had buckets to collect loose change and donations at the end of the service. We collected again during our VBS kick-off Sunday. God began to show me how limited my thinking had been early on. We collected enough for 5 filters during those 2 services and our VBS had yet to begin.
During VBS we challenged our kids with the realities of what life looks like for a lot of children around the world. The week would be the boys versus the girls with the team leader of the losing team being “slimed” at the end of the week. The competitive spirit was great! Our leaders and volunteers got involved as well. Our pastor led the week’s mission class. During the mission time he would encourage the kids to pray for those who would receive the water filters. He suggested that they pray for God to provide funds for 4 filters. When told this, one little girl said, “I’m not praying for 4…I’m praying for 5!” That number continued to grow throughout the week. Near the end of the week the kids were praying for God to provide 20 filters! The excitement continue to build throughout VBS. We demonstrated the filter and drank dirty water that had been filtered. When asked who was going to win the response would be all the kids yelling for their team. Boys! Girls! Boys! Girls! Without fail, one child would raise their hand and say, “No, it’s the kids who get the buckets that will win.”
I have to think that after hearing my prayer for 5 filters God smiled to himself and with love thought, “Isn’t that cute.” He had a much bigger plan in mind. Not only did he provide the 5 filters I asked for, He provided the 20 that the kids asked for. If only we would have the pure faith of a child! The boys prevailed and it was with great joy that I was slimed at the end of the week. I’ve never been happier to be that messy!
When it was all said and done, $2,100 had been collected. That money is on its way to Compassion headquarters in Colorado Springs. It has been earnestly prayed over. Prayers that the families who receive these filters would not only have clean safe water for life, but also with the dedicated work of Compassion staff around the world, they would know the True Water of Life that is found in a relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ.