Stuffing bags and the challenges of a big event

The day before our office’s Youth 2019 event started, I joined several volunteers in stuffing the bags of participants. We put a devotional magazine, the program book, a bookmark, and a sticker.

We had to stuff more than 3,000 bags. And by 11 pm, we were just halfway through.

I called my wife as I walked back to my hotel. I told her what I was doing, and how tiring it was.

She asked me: “Aren’t you thankful you’re stuffing bags and not running the whole event?”

Well, I was thankful!

This year’s big event is being managed by a colleague of mine. Last year, I was in charge of a big, global gathering of young people. I appreciate the complexities and challenges of a big event such as this.

As the old adage goes, “many hands make light work.” The more volunteers we can mobilize, the faster the work gets done. In the context of a church with limited resources, volunteers are, indeed, God-sent!

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