Truth Trek was the material that our church used for Vacation Bible School this year. At our church we have many evangelistic outreaches during the year, but one that we put alot of effort and attention into is VBS. We had a lot of kids show up this week, and nearly a dozen placed their faith in Christ for salvation. Praise God!
But where was I? I was across the street in the "old sanctuary". Who was I with? I was with the "old kids" otherwise known as adults. Our church tries to offer an adult VBS class every year, with the idea that parents who drop their kids off at church can stay and have their own class, and pick the kids up at the end.
We try to make it just like the kids class. We sing, do crafts, play games, and have a lesson, all with an adult feel to it.
While it may not seem very much like tribal missions, it makes sense why we are doing this when we look at the big picture of tribal missions. We are not lone ranger Christians blazing a trail into the great unknown. We are just regular people who used to have 9-5 jobs, an apartment, and a family pet. We also used to be regular members of our church. As we have stepped out by faith into this life of tribal missions, we are still a part of our church. They are the ones, like us, who believe God would have us go to Paraguay. And they are sending us out.
New Tribes Mission is a parachurch organization, meaning that they help facilitate our church send us out into a tribal context to preach Christ. We are more a member of our church than we are of New Tribes.
With these things in mind, it only makes sense for us (since the Missionary Training Center is out for the summer) to be immersed once again in the activity of the church. We are a part of them, and they are a part of us. It is a joy to serve in VBS or whatever else the church decides to do.
We are thanking God for a successful June, and looking forward to a very different July. Jen and the baby-to-be are still healthy, and Jamen is our travelling trouper. Jon has been able to stay focused on our goals and reaching them. God remains faithful to the expanse of the Gospel.