Thursday, August 8, 2013

Saying #YesToGod (and VBS!)

Isn't it amazing how God works?

A couple of weeks ago, I posted about my "Moses moments" that I wrestled through as I came to grips with the fact that He wants me to plan a women's conference here in Europe.

I mentioned our backyard Vacation Bible School - another initiative that I was hesitant about when I first felt the Lord nudging my heart in that direction. And friends, let me tell you.

Saying "yes" to God and His plans, feels good. No, it feels GREAT.

We had an awesome VBS last week - in total, we had 31 kids come through our program and we had between 49 and 53 people over for our Family Fun Faire to close out the week on Friday. Our count depends on who you ask - all volunteers were having such a fun time that we couldn't exactly find agreement on the "official" total :)

A few of our families have privacy concerns about posting pictures publicly, so I won't include any in this post. Just imagine if you will...
- 31 kids from a variety of home cultures and countries (US, the Netherlands, Hong Kong, China, Germany, Mexico, South Africa ... just to name a few!)
- A bunch of moms gathering each morning in fellowship and service to help our volunteers!
- Games, crafts and drama programs all focusing on putting on the armor of God!
- Songs in two languages lifted up in praise to Jesus five mornings in a row!

And my socks were completely blessed off! It was tough, tough, tough to have so many people in my house, friends! But, I tell you what - seeing the smiles on kids faces, and reading emails from parents whose kids are reciting Bible verses they learned last week makes me want to jump up and give God a big ol' virtual high five.

It's no coincidence that this week, just a couple of days after VBS ended, I began a Bible study with Proverbs 31 Ministries called "Say Yes to God," based on the book What Happens When Women Say Yes to God by Lysa TerKeurst. The first chapter is all about radical obedience - obeying God's commands, listening to the Holy Spirit and following in the character footsteps left by Jesus all over the New Testament.

I took that radical walk planning VBS. And I'm gonna take it again and plan that conference.

My doubts are the same that they were when I wrote my Moses moments post, but when they pop up into my head, I bow it and just say "yes."

"Yes, Lord."

"I'll do it, God."

"Thank you Jesus, for the opportunity to serve you."

Until next time...


  1. Praying that God will mightily bless your efforts. I am so excited about this study and about what God is going to do through all of these dear women saying yes. Praising God for your victorious VBS!

  2. Christa,

    What an incredible blessing you are to all those children and their families. I am praying that God will bless your endeavors and that you continue to say "YES".

    Kelly (OBS Small Group Leader)

  3. G'day Christa, I love how God orchestrates things! I want to encourage you to keep going as you journey with God through this study. My prayer every day is to have a soul that longs for more of Him as I choose to say 'yes'.
    Bless you.
    PS. I followed you from the P31OBS blog hop and I'd love you to check out my blog here:

  4. Reminded me of a time when I agreed to take part in the presenting of a VBS, although it was out of my league, and my preference, for that matter! I can however, also testify that it was amazing to see the children grow in that week, and also in the couple of following vacation schools that we presented in following years. Needless to say, one does not come out of a week like that, the same as you started out.

    May you be richly blessed as you say yes to God for the conference!