Today was day two of VBS at Wind River Mission and the fourth day of my first mission trip experience. Let me start by saying that I am exhausted! This exhaustion comes from a number of sources; the early rise and non stop days are the first things that come to mind! With me as a newbie on this trip, I have been trying to learn as much as possible about how "things" work at Wind River and how I can contribute to the work that our team is doing here. Overall, I feel confident with the level of my work performance. I hope my team feels the same way. With so many tasks to complete and details to attend to it would be easy to say that the measure of our success would come from how many boxes we can check off at the end of the day. Did we have all the materials ready? Did we remember to buy the right amount of supplies? Did we remember to go to the right VBS station activity? Were we running on time? The list goes on and on.
However, at the end of the day, it's not these things that matter the most. Many children here at Wind River Reservation are facing family situations that involve drug and alcohol abuse, neglect, and much worse. God has called our team to minister to these children and teach them about the hope they have in Jesus. This mission is much bigger than any one member of our team can accomplish. It is even bigger than what our whole team is capable of accomplishing. It is NOT bigger than our God though, and He has shown up in BIG ways this week. During our VBS Bible Story times, we have tried to place upon the hearts of these children that God truly loves and cares for them. In fact He loves them SO MUCH that His only Son, Jesus died for them. As these children leave VBS each day and return to their homes, I pray that they have the confidence of God's love tucked into their hearts. I pray that they have felt God's loving hand on them.
- Theresa Peters