Today was our second day of VBS, where we were were teaching around 70 children, which is the smallest group of kids that we will get to teach while we are here. The setting was much more intimate, and with that, much less chaotic than the day before, making this morning’s VBS a great start to our day.
We went to lunch, and from there we mentally prepared ourselves to begin the work that was scheduled for the second half of our day -decorating the school classrooms- only to find out that it had been cancelled. Because of this we had something that we haven’t had since we first arrived in here India a week ago – time to ourselves. We had from lunch until bedtime to do whatever we pleased, and some of us simply didn’t know what to do with ourselves. We had gone through a week of nonstop serving, worshipping, exploring, shopping, and eating, so it was strange to learn that we had nothing scheduled for the rest of the day.
Some of my teammates knew exactly what to do; there were found fast asleep in our room within five minutes of learning we had free time, only to arise three hours later. Some also chose to use this time as a restorative time, but in different ways. For myself, I found time to restore myself spiritually by writing a devotion that I am sharing tomorrow with the group, as well as spending quiet time with the Lord. I also restored myself mentally by simply taking time to laugh and have fun with my teammates. This experience has taught me that my time here in India should not solely be focused on the schedule and what comes next, but the unscheduled experiences are just important in an entirely different way. It is important to give our whole hearts to the service and group worship that we are here to do, but it is just as important to make new friends, be silly and laugh, and also spend time alone with the Lord. By filling ourselves this way, I believe our team will be able to pour our hearts out to the people we are serving and at the same time making unforgettable memories and friendships that will stay with me forever.