Emily is a mom, student, and full time professional. Simply put, she was busy! When God called her to add something else to her plate, she almost didn't answer, but now she's really glad that she did!

by on July 18, 2017

Summer of 2015, The Church at Severn Run was SUBMERGED! The entire campus was flooded. Don’t worry! It wasn’t with water, but with Jesus and kids and a whole lot of laughter

I felt God pushing me to volunteer. I was in school, a mommy, and had recently transitioned from working 60+ hours as a restaurant assistant manager…I was tired. With finals in two classes and an additional two just beginning, I was busy.

At least those were my excuses.

I thought that I had missed the deadline. Then one Sunday, while I was sitting in the service, they announced they still needed and were accepting volunteers. Once again, I felt Jesus nudging me. So I did exactly what He told me to do.

I volunteered.

I didn’t know where they would have me helping out, but then I got the email from Pastor Steve. I was assigned to the 10 year old group. Monday morning rolls around, and I drag my three year old out of the bed at 6 AM. He, like his mommy, is not a morning person. So we head to the church building, still not completely excited about the idea of being there.

But something happened. By the end of day one, I was amazed at the change in my heart. I was so excited for the next day! I began praying not only for God to work in their hearts, but also in my own.

Our lesson was on Nicodemus coming to Jesus by night. At the end of the lesson, we asked, "What are the questions you have for Jesus?"

I was not prepared for what would follow. We got many, many questions. In fact, so many that we had to skip game time at the end to finish asking questions. These questions included:

  • What is Jesus’ favorite color? (This I expected.)
  • Do animals go to Heaven?
  • Does God really care about me?
  • So what happens if someone hears about Jesus and says maybe later, but they die before they can pray?
  • What happens if a baby dies and can’t get saved? (Broke my mommy heart!)
  • Why was Jesus born?
  • Why did God create Satan?
  • So God created everything… so he has magic? Like Harry Potter? (NO! Jesus is not Harry Potter. PLEASE do not go home and tell your parents Jesus is Harry Potter!)
  • If God created everything, who created Him?
  • If God is God, and there’s only one God, then how did He send His SON? (Wow! You kids are good.)

In complete honesty, there were about 50 more questions that Miss Jess and I had to address. At the end, we handed out little cards that asked the children to choose an answer:

  • I have already accepted Jesus into my heart as my Savior and Lord.
  • No, I am not ready to talk about Jesus.
  • I want to know more about Jesus.
  • YES! I am ready now to accept Jesus as my Savior and Lord.

Two little boys, handed in cards saying “YES! I am ready now.” In the rally that day, I stood there as little guys prayed and accepted Jesus as their Savior. I took a picture with them and told them how VERY happy I was for them.

I came home and told my husband that I was “falling in love Jesus-style.” I spent three days with these kids and my world was flipped upside down! I saw their hearts.

The motto for the week was “Jesus knows. Jesus sees. Jesus saves.” Boy, was it true! These eleven 10-yr olds snuck their little way into my heart in less than a week. Jesus really does know, see, and save. He used these little children to completely change my heart! I will forever be grateful for the days I could spend with these children!

Tags: service, vacation bible school, vbs, volunteer