All of my Animal Friends

By Pastor Nate Powell

VBS is always one of my favorite times of the year! It’s a time when the whole church chips in and makes something incredible happen for our kids, church memories that will last for their whole lives. To do that this year, we are traveling to the outback and seeing what the fascinating animals of Australia have to teach us!

  • There’s Jumpin’ Jack the Kangaroo, who reminds us that we are specially designed by our creator. We didn’t evolve, but were specially made in God’s image, male and female. (Genesis 1:27)
  • There’s Shimmer the Coral, who reminds us that each of us our fearfully and wonderfully designed, with a body full of special features. (Psalm 139:14)
  • There’s Bill the Platypus, who reminds us that every person matters to God. It doesn’t matter if you’re young or old, healthy or sick: You matter to God! (Luke 6:31)
  • There’s Paula the Koala, who reminds us that God loves us so much that he sent his son Jesus to die for us. We should respond by believing in Jesus so that we may know we have eternal life. (John 11:25)
  • There’s Ringo the Dingo, who reminds us that our creator made us for a purpose, and we find out life’s true purpose in HIM! (Ephesians 2:10)

These are great truths of the scripture, and I’m thankful for every volunteer who is helping deliver them to these kids this week. Every child matters to God, and I hope their faith and love for the Lord grows because of the truths they encounter this week. Keep praying for our kids and volunteers this week, and meditate on this truth with us: “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” (Psalm 139:14)

To Australia and back with you,

Pastor Nate


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