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How a Vacation Bible School Helped the Persecuted Church

August 29, 2013 by Open Doors in ,

Vacation Bible School Each year, thousands of churches around America host a Vacation Bible School (VBS) for local children to attend. The programs often include fun games, snacks and Bible lessons. It is a great way for churches to reach out to children in the community, and share Christ with them. One VBS group in Wisconsin decided to use their time to also help children outside of their local community… children in Colombia. Grace Bible Church had the children aim to raise $400 to help Christian children in Colombia who face persecution. The 67 participants were able to raise more than $2,000. This church in Wisconsin was used by God in an amazing way! Throughout the Bible, we see that it doesn’t matter how much we sacrifice, but rather the condition of our hearts. This VBS followed the straightforward biblical principle seen in Matthew 14:16-21: “Jesus replied, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.” “We have here only five loaves of bread and two fish,” they answered. “Bring them here to me,” he said. And he directed the people to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke the loaves. Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. The number of those who ate was about five thousand men, besides women and children.” It is evident throughout Scripture that God shows compassion for the vulnerable, shunned and oppressed. In this passage, Jesus doesn’t command the disciples to divert the responsibility of this group’s need to others; rather He says He wants them to do something about it. This VBS group had the desire to serve those being persecuted in Colombia, and did something about it! The money they raised went to help support the Children’s Home in Colombia. The Children’s Home is radically changing the course of these children’s lives in Colombia. Children who were once unsure of their future, due to the persecution they faced, now have a safe place to live and are able to obtain their high school diploma and vocational training. This has allowed children to feel more confident in whom God has created them to be. One Open Doors staff member described the Children’s Home as, “a safe and loving place for children to live life, get an education, and learn about God in a community of other children who have experienced similar hardships.” These children live in great persecution; the country of Colombia is ranked #46 on the World Watch List. Although Colombia may be overlooked by some as being the only country on the World Watch List in South America, this VBS in Wisconsin had not forgotten them. Because the love of Jesus has affected the lives of these children, their passion for the gospel is unbelievable. While this church had a generous goal set before them, God knew way before they had even started that He was going to multiply it; He just needed His people to first act in obedience. The need is great in Colombia, and the Bible is clear that God has chosen to work through the obedience of His people. This should prompt us to act, just like this church has, because we know we serve a God who continually multiplies our efforts, even when it seems impossible! Thank you to the VBS at Grace Bible Church for being used by God in this way! Give to the Colombian Children’s Home

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