Flour in your face, blindfolds, prayers, carrying fish with straws, songs, homemade fruit ice cream, salvation bracelets, catching water balloons with towels, and glitter flip-flops.
Pack all of these things into one week and what do you get? VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL that’s what!
One night, several weeks ago, Erika (one of the church members and our self-declared Chilean mother) invited us over to her house for some watermelon and VBS talk. She shared with us her passion for teaching kids about their most important job on earth – to be disciples! She had also already brainstormed a list of focus topics for each day of the VBS week. It didn’t take us long to add the appropriate bible passages and ¡voilà! we had the following schedule:
Monday: Jesus calls US to be disciples (Matthew 28:19-20)
Tuesday: We are disciples because He SAVED US (Ephesians 2:8-10)
Wednesday: The first disciples
Thursday: Disciples have different GIFTS (1 Corinthians 12)
Friday: Jesus gives us STRENGTH to be His disciples (Joshua 1:9)
Erika has recently started taking a class every weekday. Because of this she was not able to help out during the actual hours of bible school BUT she made sure to still be a big part of the project. Erika is a busy loving full-time mom to her three children but continuously makes church work her number one priority. Basically she’s a superwoman with her priorities straight, and we are blessed to know her!
When Erika asked us to help out with VBS she heard a resounding YES! That’s what we are here for! Using the framework we created together, it was easy to carve out the week with daily Jesus, songs, activities, and crafts.
We also recruited some helpers:
Every day of VBS we began with a devotion focusing on the topic of the day. Following devotion we sang songs and then did activities or games based on the devotion. Then, after a little snack of juice and sandwiches or fruit, we ended each day with a craft and prayer.
Here are a couple of my favorite memories:
On our final day of VBS, we headed to the pool! This allowed us to get to know some parents who came along. Sadly, I don’t have any pictures of this beautiful day. The boys might have had a little too much fun taking videos with our waterproof camera. If you would like a video, we have about 100 different options that we could share with you!
Looking back on our week of VBS we feel so blessed to work with Chilean church members and to have had the opportunity to share Jesus. Two of the students who came were our church kids. It was wonderful to develop deeper relationships with them and to encourage them spiritually! All the other students were non-church members. It was wonderful to share the Good News with them and hopefully with others through them!
We rejoice in knowing that the Holy Spirit is always at work and touched the students through the message we were able to share!