Last week we put on our first ever KIDS KAMP (aka VBS) at Cedar Hills! I think I speak for every kids’ pastor, director, or volunteer who’s ever organized an event like it when I say, “I’m tired.” In fact, I’m more than tired. I’m exhausted, and to be honest, I wouldn’t have it any other way!
We are often told in our Christian walk that it’s important to create margin for rest, which is absolutely true. No one can run at top speed for too long without starting to slow down, but I truly believe there are times when we should be justifiably exhausted. Sometimes our kingdom labor means that we expend a disproportionate amount of effort over a short period of time to create a disproportionately positive result. This year during KIDS KAMP we did exactly that.
This summer, we served almost 150 kids in Sandpoint over a week of ministry. Over 85 adults and teens at Cedar Hills participated directly in making the event a reality, and so many more contributed in prayer. We saw kids made a decision to follow Jesus for the first time. We met several families that do not have a church home or who are new to the area and are looking for community. I’ve heard story after story of God showing up in ways I wouldn’t have even imagined. And on top of it all, our kids and our team had an absolute blast!
Basically, we’re going to see tons of kids in Bonner Country grow up with Jesus because of KIDS KAMP this year!
I could not be more proud of our team that went above and beyond to create an irresistible environment for kids and see them experience the love of Christ in a life-changing way. They embodied what it means for the church to be not just a building, but a living, breathing, Spirit-filled community that takes ground for the kingdom of God every day.
We’re one step closer to our mission to see “every KIDin our community experience full life in Jesus Christ.”
…I can’t wait for next year!