As a child, I loved going to Vacation Bible School. What made it more exciting, was that my “Uncle Jimmy” came to my house for the week during Vacation Bible School. My “Uncle Jimmy”, now known as “Jim”, is only 6 years older than me. I loved when he came, cause he would entertain me for hours! (Jim probably liked to come then, because he knew he wouldn’t have to entertain me the WHOLE day!)
Jim didn’t get to go to church very much at his house, but he loved the fun of VBS. One year during VBS he accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior. I watched the change in Jim, and instead of going to OSU as planned he went to a small Bible College that I’d never heard of. From that point on, Jim was never the same. He came and lived at my house on the weekends and served as a youth minister at a congregation not far from my house. He was there through most of my high school years, and he and his wife helped shape a lot of my future decisions. (I ended up going to that same Bible College.)
I saw the impact of Vacation Bible School in my uncle’s life, and because of that, right after I graduated from college and my husband and I began serving at a church in Nashville (1994), I volunteered to direct Vacation Bible School. I have been directing, or assistant directing, the program ever since.
In 1998 God opened up an opportunity for me to be able to work with Standard Publishing and help other churches with their VBS programs. I love the blessing of being able to work behind the scenes with all of the Unnamed Heroes at hundreds of churches each year, as they make decisions that will impact future generations of the church.
I believe in the ministry of Vacation Bible School because I have seen the impact it has on the kids, the community, and the families that it brings to the church.