Dr. Wade Lott
Vacation Bible School season is upon us! The weather is warming, the school year is ending, and many of our churches are making preparations for VBS. Statistics prove that VBS is the most effective way of reaching young people with the Gospel. More children are saved during VBS than in any other outreach program in the church. With that in mind, I want to encourage our churches to make the most of this opportunity. Be creative in your planning. Decorate with excellence, create a fun and inviting environment for children, but, most of all, be intentional about sharing the Gospel. Make sure that every child has the opportunity to hear the words, “Jesus loves you and wants to have a relationship with you.” Please know that I am praying for you as you conduct VBS. When you are done, please drop us a note or an email and let us know how it went!
By now, most of you know about my love for fishing. I absolutely love setting the hook on a fish and landing it! The adrenaline rush that I get is unbelievable. What many of you may not know is that I have started a personal ministry to fishermen called “Into the Deep Outdoors.” God placed a desire upon my heart last year to combine my passion for tournament fishing with an intentional outreach to anglers. In Luke 5:4, Jesus told Simon to “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch,” thus the name Into the Deep Outdoors. The method of outreach for Into the Deep Outdoors has been to fish tournaments on the BFL Tournament Trail and share the Gospel. On Friday nights before a tournament, there is a mandatory rules meeting of the anglers. Just prior to the meeting, I have been sharing an Anglers Devotion for the purpose of encouraging believers and sharing the Gospel. Thus far, after four tournaments, there have been 11 anglers that have indicated that they have recommitted their lives to Christ and 12 anglers that have professed salvation! Please pray for me as I continue reach out to anglers with the Gospel and pray for the anglers to receive the Word. If you would like to keep up with what I am doing, you can follow Into the Deep Outdoors at www.facebook.com/IntotheDeepOutdoors or at www.instagram.com/intothedeepoutdoors. I hope that you have a great summer and that you continually look for creative ways to share your faith with others.