Every year, Reliance Church hosts a free Vacation Bible School that serves to teach kids about Jesus. Last year, we had the opportunity to share the Gospel with over 600 kids, 170 of which made professions of faith. This year, we are expecting that number to grow and invite you to join us in prayer for the various needs.
Take a look below for some specific areas we would like prayer in!
Pray For The Kids:
– Pray that the lost would come by the multitudes
– Pray for the safety of all the kids
– Pray for children with special needs: medically, physically, and mentally
– Pray for the Holy Spirit to open hearts and minds
– Pray that the children would understand the Gospel
– Pray that the children who attend VBS would minister to their parents
– Pray that the parents would be receptive to the Gospel
– Pray for God to move through the time of worship
Pray For the Volunteers:
– Pray for safety of all the volunteers
– Pray for the physical and spiritual strength of the volunteers and leaders
– Pray for sound and media teams
– Pray that the sport coaches will reinforce the teaching
– Pray for the health of all serving and attending (no sickness)
– Pray that the servants would be mindful of the way God is working so that they can
minister to the children
– Pray for the set up and tear down crews
Pray for Pastors and Leaders:
– Pray for Pastor Darius: Message preparation
– Pray for Tami Pena- Children’s Ministry Director
– Pray for “Edge” aka Keith Still: Message preparation
– Pray for small group leaders to be spiritually discerning and equipped to teach the
– Pray the Gospel to be presented clear and simple
Other things to pray for:
– Pray for the weather (no rain, not too hot)
– Pray for the Registration and administration throughout the week
– Pray for check-in and check-out procedures to works well
– Pray God will provide financially in miraculous ways
– Pray for God to be glorified
– Pray for Jesus to be high and lifted up
What an amazing first day at the Reliance Church 2013 Vacation Bible School (VBS). We had over a hundred volunteers who have been working hard for weeks to make this a reality and we are already seeing the fruits of their labor and of God’s provision. Almost 600 kids came out to play games, make new friends, and most importantly, to hear about Jesus. Today was by far the largest children’s outreach we’ve ever done and we’re thrilled to get the opportunity to do it four more times this week! We’re blown away that God is not only using Reliance Church as a way to reach kids from Temecula, Murrieta, and Menifee, but He has also given us the ability to offer this VBS to the community completely free of cost for
John couldn’t believe his luck. Just a few weeks ago, he had been lamenting to a co-worker that he didn’t spend enough time with his family and now here he was with his youngest son Fishing in Alaska!
It all started weeks before when he escorted some clients to the Ducks game on the corporate account, hoping to land a big deal. Usually he enjoyed the “perks” that came with his business, but lately the hours had been adding up.
As mothers and wives, we spend our lives taking inventory. We could quite possibly do inventory for a multi-billion dollar business with all the knowledge we have acquired! Every year and several times during the year, we are restocking the proverbial shelves of our lives and homes. We each have our very own Esty store. Actually, it is more like a super Walmart. We stock everything; food, clothes, furniture, bathroom supplies, bedding, cleaning supplies, and you should check out our huge inventory on toys, not to mention, our Christmas Store. At our companies we aim to please our, ever so little and some not so little, clients.
You want it? We’ve got it!
She is like a merchant’s ship, bringing her food from afar. She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household and plan the day’s work for her servant girls. She goes to inspect a field and buys it; with her earnings she plants a vineyard. She is energetic and strong, a hard worker. She makes sure her dealings are profitable; her lamp burns late into the night. Her hands are busy spinning thread, her fingers twisting fiber. She extends a helping hand to the poor and opens her arms to the needy. She has no fear of winter for her household, for everyone has warm clothes. She makes her own bedspreads. She dresses in fine linen and purple gowns. – Proverbs 31:14-22
We are constantly refilling orders every day, but who is taking a spiritual inventory?
A typical morning may start like this:
Child 1: “Mom, can we have chocolate pudding for breakfast?’
Me: “No, it’s not a healthy breakfast.”
Child 1: “Then can we have vanilla pudding?”
Child 2: “Mom, I got already poured the milk in the pan with the chocolate pudding. Can we have chocolate pudding?”
Child 2: “You’re not being a very good steward if you throw out the pudding.”
Child 3: “I want chocolate pudding.”
Child 3: “I WANT CHOCOLATE PUDDING! I WANT CHOCOLATE PUDDING! I WANT CHOCOLATE PUDDING…”
Child 4: “Hey, Tyler, go ask Mom if we can have chocolate pudding for breakfast.”
Me: “I heard that.”
I have 4 children with vastly distinct personalities. All were raised in the same home with the same parents, but are all unique. Raising them in a manner that allowed them their differences and cultivated their strengths while maintaining my sanity was a challenge. I was not a Christian when I first became a parent. God graciously saved my husband and me soon after the birth of our second child. I wanted to be the perfect parent to give God glory. While my motive may have been pure, the goal disregarded my, and their, fallen natures.
I don’t believe I ever planned to be a mom, quite the opposite I planned to be the first one in my family to graduate from college. I planned to be a scientist. When my husband begged me for a child, I convinced him to get a dog instead. I loved my life, I had everything I needed, and I knew where I was going. I had the five year plan down to a science. Marry the man, get the house, get your BS and apply to graduate school. I believed in God and spent time with him, especially during finals. I would pray, “please let me pass, please let me get chosen, please get my husband off the baby talk, Amen and thank you Jesus.” To me, God was the genie in the bottle, there to grant my wishes and desires.