“It is finished” (John 19:30).
The last day with the children at the camp was bittersweet. Even though today was the last day spent with them, the Lebanon Team was able to bring joy to the children by sharing the love of Jesus with them through arts and crafts and games. “….behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people” (Luke 2:10).
Before the arts and crafts and games, Dave preached a sermon to the children on the story of sin and how Jesus forgave all of us for our sin debt. The Holy Spirit’s power was evident throughout the sermon as He spoke through Dave to communicate the Word of Jesus’ Gospel to the children. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He hath anointed me to preach the Gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised” (Luke 4:18).
After Dave preached the sermon, we helped the children make whirly gigs and visors. These crafts sparked interest and excitement to the children as they smiled bright, wanting Sarah, Deborah, and the rest of the team to help them try out the crafts. The evidence of God’s grace on the children was evident as His good news was being shared through the crafts. The smiles on their faces were bright because of the good news of the Gospel that Jesus shared through our team. “How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the Gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!” (Romans 10:15).
After the arts and crafts, we played relay race games with the children. These games brought energy and excitement to the children as our team cheered the boys and girls. God transformed the childrens’ hearts as they played these games and it was because of the miracles of the Gospel’s power. “A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh and I will give you an heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgements, and do them” ( Ezekiel 36:26-27).
Before the children left, we gave the children gift bags. It was a joy to see the happiness on the childrens’ faces as they received their gifts. “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning” (James 1:17).
God was glorified and evidence of the Gospel was put on display today with the children. We will not forget what God did throughout our time in Lebanon. “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the Heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1).