“Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)
Our church’s theme for 2019 is Show Others the Goodness of Jesus. It is God’s will for us to usher more people into His kingdom. We desire to share the good news of His love and the message of salvation and repentance through the blood of Christ to all that we come in contact with. We can do that by living our lives exemplifying the goodness of Jesus.
As we are constantly reminded that our Lord desires for no one to perish, we want to align our hearts with His and do our part to bring the Gospel near and far. Through the years, in our efforts to further satisfy our Lord’s heart to “let the children come to me” and seek to be witnesses in “our Jerusalem”, we have conducted the Vacation Bible School Ministry from the very beginning of our church’s existence.
Each summer, we see many children in our community gather together for a week-long fun-filled program. VBS 2019 will be held in all our campuses this year. In fact, it is happening right now in our Michigan campus. Our VBS theme for the younger children is “Roar – life is wild and God is good”. We will help the children discover that through the ups and downs of this wild life, God is good as they enjoy campfire storytelling, camp tunes, skits, games, crafts, and snacks, even as we seek to reinforce Bible truths each day. For our youth, their theme is No Equal. Indeed, for God’s disciples, there is no one that can compare to our Lord.
Time magazine published a study indicating that “kids with a spiritual grounding tend to be more resilient in the face of life’s setbacks and are less likely to suffer from depression.” Dear brothers and sisters, won’t you take some time and pray for our VBS ministries in all our campuses? And if your schedule allows, volunteer a week of your summer time to help the children learn how their lives can be transformed by God’s great love for them. Our God is calling you to be vessels of His love and grace to these precious young ones. For many of them, this may be the only chance they have to experience our Father’s love for them.
In this current age where the relentless attacks on foundational biblical principles are ever so rampant, would you do your part to help point these children in the right direction and give them a chance to remain on the right path as they grow in this dimly lit world that chooses to dethrone God, reject Him and His values? Let us remember God’s admonition to “train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.”