How your VBS differs from Congo VBS – Part 1: Theme

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If you’re familiar with Vacation Bible School in the U.S., you know that there are lots of curriculums to choose from each year where the theme, Bible verses, songs, crafts, mission videos, etc. have all been pre-printed with lots of visuals and extras for the teachers and students including decorations for the church. The image above shows eight of sixteen options for sale on Concordia Supply.
Isn’t it particularly savvy that a couple of the themes are deep water oriented in a summer where “Finding Dory” is being released? The creators are drawing interest based on popular culture, and hopefully that will draw the children to God’s words for them.
If you do a quick search for VBS curriculums in French, you’ll find they are almost non-existent. In fact, I found one forum trying to figure out what the French equivalent would even be named. “Bible Camp” was the closest translation. If the curriculum exists, shipping it to the Congo (DRC) is expensive and very problematic as would having the office supplies to print, cut, glue, tape, staple, hang, display, all those typical VBS supplies. What great blessings we take for granted every day! Thank you, Lord for each staple, roll of tape, ream of paper, and the hands that use them.
What do we do in the Congo for Vacation Bible School? We still have the hands, those workers willing to serve. My soul-sister and FHA’s Operations Director, Bintu Mujambere, is not one to let “doesn’t exist” get in the way of serving the children and families in the community around our project.
What do we do?
Our Future Hope Africa staff and volunteers write our curriculum each year. Yikes! Sounds daunting doesn’t it? I am so proud of them. They don’t look to pop culture or what others are doing. Every year they prayerfully consider What does our community need to understand from the Bible? When I say FHA is grassroots, this is what I mean. Our local leaders and staff seek local needs and how we can answer them together. With us, you are going straight to children and families that we know by name. You support a project driven by godly men and women who live, work, raise families along side those you are helping. Thank you so much. I am so grateful for your every prayer, thought, donation and telling others about this kingdom work you are involved in.
This year our team considered one of the greatest needs in DR Congo as well as across Africa. It is a global need, however, it is especially dire in the Congo where institutions from the government to the local are often rife with corruption. What is our theme? Leadership. In fact, Congo VBS 2016 is called the Young Leaders School.
What does the Bible say to us about leadership? Our central verse says a lot:

The greatest among you will be your servant. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted. (Matthew 23:11-12)

Are you saying to yourself This is terrific. This is the kind of thing I want to help with. Then please donate to our crowdfund, share this post, and pray for the project and each person involved. Visit where every gift is being matched.



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