Last summer, Christ Hamilton Lutheran Church in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, held a two-week VBS for more than 200 children in their community. The theme of the VBS was “We Are the Church.” The church designed their own curriculum and included resources from Kids of Courage and The Voice of the Martyrs.
As an outreach project, the VBS children planned to fill 24 VOM Action Packs. Two months before the VBS, the church printed a list in the church bulletin of items members could donate to fill the packs. For three Sundays in a row, offering envelopes were inserted in the bulletin to allow the congregation to contribute to the project. VBS organizers announced their plans in a church service and showed an Action Pack to the congregation.
During the VBS, the children watched nine of the Torchlighters DVDs. (Younger children watched selected 10-minute segments.) Before the VBS, teachers had received training about presenting the topics.
The 23 VBS classes took turns packing Action Packs, with each child choosing something from the collected items to put in a pack. Each class also chose a different country to learn more about and made a poster of that country. The children displayed the posters during the closing VBS program and throughout the summer at the church. Visitors to the closing program received VOM prayer cards to encourage them to pray for persecuted Christians.
“Our congregation and our VBS attendees all have an increased awareness of the plight and needs of our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ,” said Nancy R., one of the VBS teachers, “and hopefully, an increased depth of faith in our Lord and Savior as they consider the real cost to follow our Lord.”
Check the Resources page to introduce children to stories of the persecuted.
Go to www.kidsofcouragevbs.com to find information about a complete Kids of Courage VBS curriculum suitable and affordable for small or large churches.