Along the Journey – VBS

24237-hd-face-paint-childrenWhen you are in the ministry, you get to do some very different things. Some are fun, like having to dress in weird costumes. Some are gross, like participating in a pudding drenching contest. Some are necessary, like cleaning up after a big family event. Some are choices, like driving the church bus around the neighborhood to pick up kids.

All of the above and many others have occurred during Vacation Bible School weeks. I remember the last one with fondness. My dad drove the bus through the neighborhoods behind Second Ponce de Leon Baptist church so that children would have a safe way to VBS. Not too long ago, I met an old friend who told me that he used to ride that bus. During those days, we had two weeks of VBS. I think our volunteers might revolt if we did two weeks these days. They put in a great deal of work and invest a tremendous amount of energy and creativity so that VBS will provide an environment of fun activity and learning.

Vacation Bible School starts next Monday. I hope you have volunteered to help, even if it is just for a few hours. Pray for this week and for our workers and children. Good things happen at VBS. God things happen at VBS.

God is working at Wieuca among our young people and children. In recent weeks, Rebecca, Josh, Joseph, and John have either made decisions for Christ or are under watch care as we talk to them about their relationship with the Lord. Aimee Yeager, our new Children’s Ministry Intern, begins this week. A student at McAfee Seminary, she brings wonderful talent and spirit to our ministry to children and their families.

We want to help our boys and girls to learn how much God loves them. We desire to partner with parents as they go about the most important job an adult can have – raising a child. Many of our kids have wonderful insights about God, about the Bible, and about the church. Some need a little help:

Why did God create Eve after Adam? “God had to wait for her because He hadn’t invented make-up yet.”

How did David prepare to fight Goliath? “David probably carried a spare slingshot. You can never tell when you might get in an accident and sit on your good one.”

Well, that’s better than the adults who answered a Bible survey question with this interesting choice: Joan of Arc was Noah’s wife.

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About Mark Wilbanks

Dr. Wilbanks became Wieuca’s fifth senior pastor in February of 2012. Mark’s father, Oliver Wilbanks, served as Associate Pastor here from 1966 to 1982. Wieuca had a tremendous influence in shaping Mark’s call to ministry during his teenage and young adult years. A graduate of both Southern and New Orleans Baptist Theological seminaries, Mark has served churches in Kentucky, Florida, and Georgia. He pastored Southside Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida for 17 years and Bradfordville First Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Florida for ten years. He and his wife, Kim, were married in 1979 and have two sons, Andy and Jordan. Andy is married to Lindsay and they have a son, Cade, a daughter, Ruthie, and welcomed their third child, Samuel, in October.

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