Tuesday kicked off our first 2 VBS’s that we have the chance to run. We went to Jose Reyes school in the morning and spent time with 570 kids between the ages of 7 and 15. In the afternoon we put on a second VBS for the children of Promise Home Orphanage and the surrounding community. We were able to share the gospel with all of the kids through the story of David and Goliath, by talking about how Jesus is our ultimate rescuer. Here are some stories from our team:
Well, the day finally came to have VBS with the kids. We were ready … physically, mentally, and spiritually. We drove up to the school and it looked like Manchu Pichu. It had layers and layers of school buildings and when the kids were called to assemble on the soccer pitch, they just kept coming and coming. Kids from 1st to 9th grade. We were definitely overwhelmed. The principal said they had 570 students. I think the Alamo had better odds, but that didn’t stop this team. Luckily we planned ahead with a divide and conquer strategy. Story, Craft, Snack and Rec teams took their positions.
Today we went to a school to do VBS and hang out with the kids. I was on the snack team and while I was pouring cups of juice to get ready for the oncoming children I got a chance to talk to Bill Hayden. I was asking a lot of questions about the orphanage, how it runs and what projects still need to get done. As I was talking with him hearing his story and his heart for these kids, I had to step away. I felt tears in my eyes as I watched these kids and heard the struggles of this country. A simple conversation with this exceptional follower of Christ gave me energy for the rest of the day. I got to see a picture of the kingdom today as Bill shared the Lord’s plan for his life.
Lydia Britten | Senior at Plano Senior High
Hi, so I’m Kate and today is Tuesday. This morning our group went to a school in the area and this afternoon, we went to the church near promise home orphanage and served the kids in that neighborhood. Honestly, this morning was super stressful and hard. I was a part of the team serving snacks to the students, but I was also one of two people making balloon animals for a lot of kids. Never have I almost cried while making balloon animals… But, despite all this, that was the most joy that I felt all day because every time I handed a kid a balloon, their face lit up and they ran off smiling from ear to ear. God just worked through me in a way that I could’ve never imagined. And He worked through all of the other people on my team, which was a joy to watch. I saw more quiet people come out of their shells with certain kids, students running around keeping up with the most energetic of the kids and our own leaders serving literally everyone around them. The kingdom was visible at every corner and I loved it. I came into this trip with the intent to serve, which I did, but I think the people I met taught me more about God and my faith than I could ever serve them. I am so thankful for this opportunity and the team I got to share it with.
Kate Russ | Freshman at McMillan High School
 The 5 brave souls on the Rec team knocked it out of the park. Of course, we had our secret weapon … a giant parachute that the kids LOVED (Thanks Kingsley!) Scott Tye was a para-trooper ( pun intended) and had those kids anchored to the parachute with all sorts of games. The rest of the team played soccer with some of the kids and filled in with some other games and when it was time to break out the tattoos, we needed to get some help from Pierce, Payton, and even the Snack team sent reinforcements. The weather held off and I believe we were able to win one for the kingdom of God. We went back to Promise Home for some well deserved R&R to prepare for the afternoon session.
I am super proud of our team. The afternoon was all hands on deck. Our strategy changed from “divide and conquer” to an all-out “shock and awe” where all teams worked as one unit on a single group of kids.  Those orphans and village kids didn’t know what hit them when this battle-hardened team stepped foot on the Promise Home church and afterschool program site. They played, they laughed, they ate, they learned about David, and they were loved on. They left knowing that this team from Texas loved them and that Jesus loved them too. I can’t say enough great things about these young adults on this trip. They are remarkable people and I am anxious to see how God will use them in the future.
Please continue praying as our team will run a 3rd VBS with 200 kids on Wednesday morning. Pray for students and teachers to hear the gospel and feel the love the Father has for them. Pray for energy for our team as we head into another full day of ministry.
Kevin Sievert | Adult Leader
“And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” -1 Corinthians 3:17