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July 17th, 2012
Attention, passengers, this is your captain speaking. Welcome aboard Flight 7777. Today, we'll be soaring high above the Great Barrier Reef. Fasten your seat belts. Make sure your seat and tray table are locked and in an upright position. We're ready for take-off.
That's the kind of thing you'd hear announced every morning at Vacation Bible School last week as an average of more than 1,600 children filed into the opening worship service immediately in awe of the small airplane hanging from the rafters of the Worship Center.
For weeks before VBS, more than 500 adult volunteers, including a slew of Brentwood Baptist students, spent time at VBS University and several "work nights" to prepare for the most VBS-ers Brentwood Baptist has ever hosted. And bright and early each morning during VBS, they were ready and waiting at their gates to receive passengers.
Beginning July 9, children, from 4-to-11 years old, hopped on board "Amazing Wonders Aviation" in their bright yellow tees to fly the friendly skies for five days, filled with worship, Bible study, missions, recreation, and more.
Between the songs they learned (with accompanying choreography), the missionaries they met, the Bible stories that came alive on stage, and the handfuls of crafts they carried home, the kids spent an exact 3 hours and 15 minutes each day encountering God like never before against the backdrop of some of the world's natural wonders: Great Barrier Reef, Victoria Falls, Northern Lights, Matterhorn, Grand Canyon, and Paricutin Volcano.
At the end of the week, Brentwood Baptist staff and VBS leaders hosted a Family Night featuring dinner, worship, and baptisms. They welcomed back parents, grandparents, and friends to celebrate the week and the 51 children who made a decision to follow Christ.