Barnabas, if you didn’t know, means encourager. We love his character and try to be that for others. With the way the kids have been encouraging the whole staff, I can tell you that they are one step closer to being a Barnabas. They are being sports about everything and already being flexible and grasping so much.
Fear is something to which we all can relate. Whether that is fear of speaking in front of crowds, fear of engaging with people we just met, fear of being out of our comfort zone, fear of failing. These fears are relatable to how some of us feel coming into OB. Sometimes we need a reminder to remember that we cannot allow fear to control us because than that will in some ways hinder the Lord from being able to fully use us.
The kids were able to write down their fears today in TK’s session and they ripped them up and threw them in the trash. Now TK did say that if they wanted it back that they could go through the garbage and take it out. First of all, I being a girl will pass on going through the garbage. And second, what would be the point of coming to Operation Barnabas if you were to stay stagnant and want to hold onto a fear that can be changed to freedom.
The wonderful Ed Lewis was back again with us today and he taught about “How to engage others with various ages and build relationships”; he also taught us how to make a cross illustration, leading up to salvation. This was really beneficial, not only because of all the things we will be doing this summer, but the kids were surprised today and actually got to test out the waters. People from the church were guinea pigs. Every student went around and practiced how they would during the summer. It truly was great to hear them take to heart all the things that Ed had taught them.
Yes, of course we like to be serious at times, and get down to business… but we save room for fun…which means more puppets, dancing and mimes. We may be selling CD’s by the end of the summer if the kids keep up the great work like they did today during choir. I was super, super impressed.
Pray for us as tomorrow is our last day of orientation and we will finalize some details. Also, pray that the kids will be excited about what is to come and that they will be expectant of what God can do to use us in ways we never thought possible.