We are thankful to God for all the students who participated in our four VBS locations this summer! The students had a great time practicing how to ROAR like lions and learned that no matter what challenges we face, God is good. Our LiT high school interns led worship, helped serve meals and put on small plays to teach lessons of God’s love. BCM is so grateful for all those who supported VBS, whether through preparing and serving a meal, leading an activity, providing financial support or being a host family. Thank you!
We would like to introduce you to a VBS host family and longtime friend of Bayshore Christian Ministries, the Westalls. Check out what they have to say about their experience being a host family for VBS:
BCM: Tell us about your history with BCM
Crysta Westall: My husband and I had only been dating a month or two when he asked me to help him lead a Bible Club he was hosting for the kids in his neighborhood in East Menlo. We had an awesome group of kids. A few of the girls became flower girls in our wedding and a few of the boys were ring bearers. That was about 8 years ago. Before that, Andy spent many years volunteering with BCM, mostly as a mentor and Bible study leader in teen programs.
BCM: What has your experience been like hosting VBS?
CW: Andy and I always enjoy opening our home to family, friends, and neighbors. We have four children ages 2-6 and they also thoroughly enjoy having guests over. In fact, they ask for it. So, it was a real joy for us to host this VBS and invite friends in our Belle Haven neighborhood.
BCM: How have you seen God at work through VBS and BCM this past summer?
CW: I was impressed by the BCM volunteers. We hosted the VBS, but BCM provided all the volunteers to run the games, teach the Bible stories, do the crafts and make the meals. The dinners were a highlight. It was so fun for me to be able to invite the parents to eat dinner with us at the end of VBS, knowing and trusting God that we would always have enough food to share. Dinnertime was a great time for me to get to know my neighbors better. It seemed like a different family would come for dinner each night and I would get to hear their life stories or just catch up on life a bit.
BCM: Can you share a story about a memorable moment at VBS?
CW: On the last night of VBS, one of the boys was stung by a bee. I was amazed to see how God had orchestrated it that a friend of mine, who was a former pediatric nurse, happened to be there and was able to attend to the boy. God was surely orchestrating the whole week of VBS.
We are grateful to God for friends like the Westalls who are willing to open their homes and share God’s love with their neighbors through BCM and VBS. God is good!