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First day of VBS

Today was our first day of VBS at the Wind River Mission church. Every year, we plan to welcome children to the church, and every year we don't have any idea how many children will come. One year we had 18 children on our first day and 35 on the second day. You want to make sure you have enough food and supplies to provide for the children but you don't want to buy too much and be wasteful. Working in this uncertainty can sometimes be stressful.

 

This year was no different. In fact, this year has been slightly more stressful because we normally travel here with a team of 16 people. This year, we only have 11 team members to handle the children that God will send to us.  Although our team may be smaller than in the past, we are just as mighty. God put this specific team together to do His work here on the Mission. As we were planning for this trip, both spiritually and physically, we discussed how important is is to remember that we are going to Wind River to do God's will. We all acknowledged that we need to trust that He will provide a means and a way to get His work accomplished. Today, with a smaller team than usual, we were able to provide an awesome VBS experience for 48 children on the reservation. Many of the children we met today are new to VBS at the Mission. They have been coming to church and Sunday school thanks to the dedicated work of Pastor Sonnenschein and his family. Judah and Sara Sonnenschein (Pastor and Rachel's teenage children) were tremendous team members and provided the manpower and guidance we needed to make this a successful first day of VBS. 

 

This is my fourth trip to Wind River and I feel blessed to be of service to this community. Every time you think you have heard the worst story of a child's life, you hear another one that is more horrific. Today, I learned that two of the girls in VBS are living with an extended family member. Their father, who was a drug addict, killed their mother in front of these two girls and their three other siblings because her mother would not steal drugs from the hospital she was working at while she was studying to be a nurse. These poor children are scattered across different family members and are mourning the loss of their mother. Our message in VBS today was that God always loves you no matter what your circumstances or what sins you have committed. I pray that this one day we spent with them will help sustain these little girls now and in the future. If just one of these children remembers that God always loves them and that gives them a ray of hope and a pathway to accepting Christ, all of our stress and fatigue will be worth it.  Thanks to God for allowing us to be here for these kids, working in whatever way He sees fit!

 

- Anne Otto

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Wyoming STMT: Day 3

Today was our first day of VBS at Wind River Lutheran Mission. This is my third year coming to Wyoming and I have been looking forward to seeing children that we have grown to know over the years.  When you plan for VBS, you never know how many children will participate.  So, you plan for the maximum you can think of but understand that you will probably not entertain that many children.  Today, we were pleased to have 41 children come and learn about Jesus' love for them! We were so happy to welcome new children to VBS, but sad when some of our old friends did not attend.  

After VBS, we took the children to the Silver Spurs Bowling Lanes where kids ranging in age from 3 to 16 had a fantastic time bowling.  Many of the kids had never been bowling before and were thrilled to knock down even one pin. It always amazes me to see the excitement in their eyes when they experience something that we tend to take for granted.

In our devotions this morning, we talked about what it means to surrender.  You could say it is giving up control, or surrendering control to another person or power.  It could also mean defeat, as in an army that surrenders in battle to the enemy.  In our discussions, it became clear to me that this trip is a form of surrender every day.  We never know what God will give us in terms of children and/or resources.  We have projects to complete at the mission and at the reservation Head Start school.  We need to complete VBS at Wind River and hold VBS in Crowheart with another group of reservation children.  Each day we have to surrender to what God hands us and we need to be prepared to follow where He leads us on this trip. God has assembled an amazing group of people to be on mission here in Wyoming.  Each of us has stepped up to meet the daily challenges with each of using our unique talents God has given us. I feel blessed to be able to work with such a wonderful group of believers committed to surrendering to God's plan for the work He wants to accomplish here in Wyoming. 

Anne Otto 

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