Last week, we held another fun-filled week of KBK at Metro. Those four days are always so busy and crazy and tiring and FUN!
Really. Driving up the road, one would observe 27 small tents, two large tent-pavilions, sound systems jamming, porta-johns, water games, inflatables....and more than 500 kids and 200 workers. It is amazing! Each morning as I pulled into the parking lot, the sight of it all would bring tears to my eyes.
One of our favorite songs from KBK this year was "O Happy Day!" This became ironic as we faced less than perfect weather conditions each day. On Monday as the day began thunderstorms and hard rain also began. We were drenched "to the bone." But we didn't call parents; we didn't send kids home. KBK must go on!
Did the kids loose heart? No! Did the parents lose heart? No! They came back for more the second day! And Tuesday proved to be more of the same.....rain and thunderstorms. But we had fun anyway! We just took off our shoes and splashed through the puddles. I shouldn't fail to mention that the property is on old farmland....so the dirt, well, is really fertilized. This makes for really green grass....but it also makes for really stinky mud! By Tuesday, the ground was completely saturated as we tromped through the muddy, stinky grass.
Day three was a completely different story. The sun came out and so did the heat. It was hot and humid....and still muddy! But the kids still came....even more on Wednesday!
WHY? Why did the kids keep coming? KBK is more than just a day camp for the parents to have a place to take their kids who are out of school for the summer. At KBK, we teach the kids about Jesus--his LOVE for us and how we should love others. It is FUN inspite of the heat or rain or thunderstorms or humidity! Really, who wouldn't love jumping on inflatables, eating snowcones, getting candy, playing fun games....all while learning about Jesus?!
This year, I worked with fifth graders; we were the BLUE group! Elisabeth worked with Kindergartners in purple and Grant sporting his pink t-shirt worked with 4-year olds while Elaine and Gavin enjoyed being participants. We left our home each day at 8:15 am and returned around 12:45. But it was so worth it!
At the end of the week, on Thursday, we had a "Splashtacular WaterDay!" Now to me, this is truly amazing, and I (again) fight back tears each year as the water fight draws near. It has become KBK tradition for local fire trucks to come out, for Pastor Paul to climb up on the fire truck and officially begin the water fight as the firetruck squirts water out onto the field full of children. The kids (and adults, as much if not more) begin squirting, dumping, spraying water on one another. NO ONE GOES HOME DRY!!!! (Except possibly those quiet observers and parents under the "dry tent" who don't venture out to get a closer look.)
KBK is the most tiring, yet fun, week of our entire year! And we do it so the kids can learn about Christ....and have fun while doing it!
Can't wait to do it again next year!!!!
Grant--cool even in pink
Elaine--our silly girl
Gavin squirts up at the firetruck
Elisabeth with friend, Graham