When I began these 8 weeks of VBS, I knew a little bit about leadership and had multiple experiences that had allowed me to grow in my ability as a leader. I knew I would be challenged as VBS On the Road director, but I guess I didn’t expect it from the very start. When our team met up, one of the girls and I immediately clashed, in particular about the van keys. Our second day at Argentine Mennonite we were fresh on the job and there were more kids than we expected that night. We were overwhelmed. At the end of the night, we gathered together and decided to head to McDonald’s for ice cream. But I couldn’t find the keys! I could feel my team mates getting more and more upset. As I looked, I felt so foolish. I had set myself up as the leader, demanding that my teammates give me the keys, yet I was the one that lost them. After gathering for a prayer, we started looking again. Jenna called out “I found the keys!” and there they were in my backpack the whole time. We went to McDonald’s, where I awkwardly apologized and nearly cried. There were two things that impacted me throughout this trip from that night: first, that God is for us, helping us find keys when we can’t. Secondly, that God is for me, helping me gain my teammates trust in unusual ways.
Director VBS on the Road 2017