June 2023

Another school year has passed, and summer is just around the corner. As we come to this time of the year, there are four significant dates and events before us. First, there is graduation. This is a milestone event from pre-school, to high school, on to college graduates. This is a time of change and can be very challenging as these graduates move into a new unknown The best advice I can offer to anyone facing unknown circumstances is in the words of Corrie Ten Boom, “We can trust an unknown future to a known God.” Next is Memorial Day. To many, this is a day off from work and becomes a day for grilling out and kicking off summer with recreational activities. However, it is a federal holiday established to remember and honor those brave individuals who served our country and gave the ultimate sacrifice in doing so. As we go about our way on this Memorial Day, may we pay tribute to and thank God for those who died so we could live in freedom. On June 18, we will observe Father’s Day. This a day when we honor those who we are privileged to call our father or daddy. I am so thankful for my father who instilled life-long values into my life. Let us pray for godly fathers and Christian homes all across our country. More importantly, let us give thanks to our Heavenly Father who loves us more than we could ever begin to describe. Lastly, we know that summer time means VBS time in our churches. Year after year, VBS continues to be the biggest and best outreach event for churches. It proves to be effective in churches both large and small. One of the reasons VBS is effective is because of its name brand. For more than 100 years, VBS has impacted communities and churches of all sizes in a very positive way. In a recent LifeWay survey, 9 out of 10 adults who attended VBS as a child had very fond and favorable memories of VBS. I know, first hand, that a week long (traditional) VBS can be very tiring and trying. However, it is worth it! Take into account the influence it has. Boys and girls are taught the Bible, and more importantly, they are presented with the opportunity to ask Jesus to be their personal Savior. VBS energizes and mobilizes our churches. It engages our communities and connects with kids and their families. VBS has a global impact as we learn about missions, and many boys and girls go on to serve as missionaries because of its impact. But most of all, eternity is impacted because of those who choose to trust Jesus. So, VBS — it is worth it! I am praying for you and your church this summer as you conduct VBS. If we can assist you in any way, please let us know.

Bro. Wendell

I Corinthians 2:2