Updated: Sep 25, 2022
August 28, 2022
Last week our team had an awesome time in Locust, NC!! (Hence the picture of a grasshopper)
We held the services each night Sunday through Wednesday. The kids were great, and very energetic. Though that energy was sometimes a bit much, it was amazing to see that what happened when their energy was channeled toward seeking God! Each prayer time almost every single kid came up to be prayed for. And Tuesday night, three kids were filled with the Holy Spirit!
This trip taught me a lot about the value of having a small team, and for me how to value each individual member. Altogether there were eight of us: Pastor Randy, the children's pastor, and 6 of us team members (one could only make it Monday and Tuesday night).
Having a small team meant we had to work hard. Even though we had most of the day to ourselves, we had to work on things over a longer time than it would normally take. While it could get a little hectic, we learned to work together so that things got done. We were small, but proved ourselves mighty!
All of us had a part to play as well. Having a smaller team gave some of us a chance to try some things we wouldn't normally do. For example, each of us taught a workshop and had a main role in the musical, and we all helped in some ways with each Bible verse and lesson.
A smaller team also required some creativity. For example, one person had to play 3 roles as the ninja, the bad guard, and the curator of the museum. For our team dance on Wednesday night, we had to change some parts since we didn't have as many people as we did at the other summer trips. And for once the kids who came to the front for prayer outnumbered the team, so on Holy Spirit night we split up the kids into groups.
My favorite part about having a small team is how we got to know each other better. I saw noticed things I'd never realized before in each of the other members, and it caused me to value them even more than before. Having such a small group strengthened our relationship with each other.
Overall, as we finished this last trip of the KidzAblaze year, I'm reminded of something Paul says: "For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another." (Romans 12:4-5, NKJV)
How can we value the work of the people around us?