Imagination is a gift. Children imagine friends that are not there. Adults imagine futures full of what is yet unrealized. An imagination is that part of us that can form new ideas, get creative, and be resourceful to launch into new ventures. A year ago our children’s ministry team shut the door and stepped into the work of imagination. Watching our Vacation Bible School grow from 500 – 700 plus children over the last several years required creativity. How would we engage and come alongside an increasing number of children God was sending our way? What could we boldly pray for? They set their sights on a ridiculous number. They prayed for, planned for, and imagined a 2018 VBS with over 900 children in attendance!
As of last week, we have 1000 children pre-registered that range in age from 3 years old to 6th graders! We have doubled our numbers in just a handful of years. That is astronomical growth! We launched a pre-teen section of 5th and 6th graders understanding their engagement looks very different than those who are younger. There will be at least 15 children with special needs. We have a section dedicated to preschoolers that is so large it makes us laugh just thinking about the energy that will fill their room.
Can you imagine the work that went into preparing for this? Can you imagine the insane number of goldfish crackers that were purchased to pass out as a snack? We only needed 12 more volunteers as of Sunday. Can you imagine a line of people after worship signing up? I hope so because that is exactly what happened. Go ahead. Let your imagination go. Can you imagine what would happen if we all pray that the Holy Spirit will move through each leader and stir children of all ages? Can you imagine the celebration that will take place in heaven and at Fair Haven if every one of the 1000 children experiences a God-appointed avalanche of His love? Envision it, dream it, imagine it, and then step into your wildest imaginations with your most earnest prayers for God to move beyond even that. He, according to Ephesians 3:20, is able to do immeasurably more than we ask or imagine! Let’s ask. Let’s imagine. Let’s wait expectantly for God to move!