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This Year’s Vacation Bible School

HOPE was rocking at the seams last month. More than 200 kids from 3 years of age to 5th grade spent each morning in absolute controlled chaos and fun as they experienced some incredible Bible-learning activities. Crafts, team-building games, cool Bible songs and skits, and tasty treats were just a few of the many daily events that helped faith flow into each participant.

To start with, some wonderful and very talented volunteers helped transform HOPE Church into the perfect setting for the Everest: Conquering Challenges with God’s Mighty Power theme. There were snow-covered mountain peaks, ice-capped base camps, climbing crews, glacier games and some very cold-weather animals. “Each day the children were reminded of a different way God demonstrates His power in their lives,” HOPE’s Family Ministry Director, Christine Graves said. “They learned that God has the power to provide, to comfort, to heal, to forgive and to love us forever.

One mother shared how her young daughter was impacted by the week. “I had invited someone over who recently experienced a devastating fire in her apartment. I was preparing my daughter to try to be calm and comforting. ‘I know what can comfort her!’ she said excitedly.  She ran off to get her VBS necklace. ‘This is Cliff. He reminds us that God comforts us and those that need comfort. I’ll share this with her!’

Embracing the valuable lesson of helping others, the children, through daily offerings, raised more than $2,100 for the House of Abraham Orphanage and School. HOPE Church has partnered over the years with Fenel Bruna who founded and operates the House of Abraham which is home and school to 13 Haitian children. HOPE will send it’s sixth adult mission team to Haiti next March.

There’s a “graying” of the church these days across America with fewer children attending than 30 years ago. But here at HOPE, we have been blessed with a veritable baby boom. With each Baptism, we ask for corporate prayer for our HOPE community. VBS, where people share their time, their talent and their resources, is an embodiment of that commitment.

VBS is enjoyed not only by the children of HOPE but to many kids who may not attend church. It’s a time to laugh and be silly with kids of all ages and to show them that our loving God is fun. It allows them to receive the message of Christ that is not all about an adult’s world but is all about a community where a loving God and faith includes children.

A big HOPE thank you goes to our 80 plus volunteers and to everyone else who made the week such a huge success!

“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”

—  Mark 10:14

 

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