The Kids are Worth the Work by Brenden Russell

Today we had a great time playing with the children in VBS. All of the kids want to be superman and have us carry them in the superman pose, be swung around and have us make them paper airplanes to throw.

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I run the black market for paper airplanes, because all the teachers hate them but I sneak the kids a few.

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I have gotten connected with several kids: A kindergartner named Brad, a second-grader named Jostin and Brad’s sister Haiti. Brad is such a sweet kid. His dad doesn’t always pack him a lunch so I’ve shared my lunch with him several times, and he always has a smile on his face. I’ve made him countless airplanes, and he wanted me to show him how high I could throw them.

VBS has been so much fun and what makes it really cool is that the construction in the afternoon is on their school, so what we are doing is directly affecting these kids lives. The same kid that I made superman will now have a new classroom and a fence around the school. What makes the back breaking work of digging holes and pouring concrete bearable is that we are going to help expand the school, so that more kids can learn about Christ, and that they can bring what they learned back into their families.

The work that we has not been a walk in the park however. Today we dug about 9 holes to put fence posts in, and made them about a meter deep. Now that may not sound like a lot but the mud is about as dense as the cement and the river rocks are hard to dig out.

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Wesley, Avery and I dug about 4 of the holes. Every time we thought about quitting I thought of the kids, and the smile on their face when they see what we have completed, and that always put me back in the mood to work.

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