The girls at New Life Children’s Center in Canyon Lake, along with staff and many volunteers, had the opportunity to enjoy four days of spiritual saturation through Vacation Bible School! Some of our girls (ages 11-17 yrs.) have many fond memories of VBS from childhood, but the majority have come to us with no exposure to these awesome summertime events. Participation in all spiritual care activities at New Life is optional.
The theme for VBS this year was: “God sees you, He KNOWS you, and He loves you anyway” – based on Psalm 139. The girls created VBS Memory Books on the first day, to enable them to keep and look back on the many activities, scriptures, teachings and experiences throughout the week. This book can be added onto each week, with Bible studies and new activities.
Each day we would gather the entire campus (that’s a possible 80 young ladies) in the gym for Praise & Worship, a short scriptural teaching by one of our volunteers, and then break off into TEAMS for relays, arts & crafts, word puzzle competitions, VBS snacks, and prayer. Each cottage had a team name (“Lion of Judah,” “Jesus Patrol,” “Holy Rollers,” and “Heaven’s Army”) and were required to make a poster and bring it to all the events. Each girl and staff received a “New Life In Christ” t-shirt for the event.
Through these activities the girls learned about the Father’s unconditional love, putting on the full Armor of God, and how to talk to God through prayer. The third day, we were led in Praise & Worship by a youth pastor from Grace Community Church in San Antonio. The girls enjoyed singing along and learned some new songs.
One activity called “Leave it at the foot of the Cross” had the girls writing down all their hurts, scars, addictions, troubles, and fears, crumpling up the paper and in faith, giving it to Jesus to heal at the foot of the Cross – never to take it back again! Many girls accepted or rededicated their lives to Christ during this event! Many are receiving emotional healing and learning to trust the Lord in spite of their pain.
Day four was our Praise & Worship Talent Show, presented to all of our volunteers who do so much for New Life – from pastors, spiritual mentors, Bible study leaders, Women in Business, Master Gardeners, to Chicktime volunteers, New Life Surrogates, Advocacy Board, hair stylists, Point Store volunteers, and our golf and ‘Make A Difference’ Committees. A luncheon was hosted in honor of our many, dedicated volunteers and the girls made thank-you cards to honor them as well. The girls performed dances, skits, self-authored poetry, and songs to inspire us and as an offering to the Lord in praise!
A special thanks from the staff and children to those who continue to give generously to our Spiritual Care program in making this a special event for these girls―to impact their lives forever in Jesus’ name! Amen!