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How Your VBS Differs from Congo VBS – Part 5: Field Trip Time

Your Vacation Bible School probably doesn’t take the children on a field trip, but your local schools probably do. If you’re from a small town like I am, the field trips may not be every year. Instead, class trips are organized for certain groups such as the very memorable 8thgrade trip to Washington D.C.

Imagine a place where few parents own cars, where family vacations aren’t an option for most, where most of the children never go beyond the walking area of their neighborhood, where green grass is rare.

Our Vacation Bible School in the Congo is not a church organized outreach, rather it is a summer extension of the education and family support we provide all year long at our Future Hope Africa education center.

Where most east DR Congo schools don’t have a library, we provide a library. Where there are no tutoring programs, we provide adult tutors and mentors. Where schools lack resources for music, crafts, or art, we provide what we can within our budget.

No School Field Trips? Our Operations Director, Bintu says,

We always try to choose a theme that teaches something useful for the community. The field trip comes at the end as a day when we show practically what the theoretically discussed theme means. It is also a treat for most of our children who probably never take a trip to go on vacation or any place else. We offer them a day out.

The Congo VBS field trip not only demonstrates the theme, it opens the children’s eyes to the world beyond their neighborhood. One past field trip took the children to the local airport where they touched planes and heard about the jobs available and what education it takes to work there.

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Past field trip to a local airport.

Children in desperate situations desperately need hope for the future. A field trip beyond the borders of what they know can give them a vision, a goal, a new idea of the possibilities that are very much within their reach.

Isn’t that something you’d like to be a part of? If so, please “Share” Congo VBS on your social media sites and with your brothers and sisters in Christ.

We are so grateful for your thoughts and prayers. We’re coming to the close of our Congo VBS Crowdfunding campaign and you’ve made it a success. With your support, we have reached our goal. The children will have the supplies and snacks they need, our helpers will have all their bus fare to and from our rented facilities covered.

The helpers had their first training session, and each person knows you are thinking of them, praying and wishing them all the best. They go with God, confident in how He provided through you this year. I cannot say thank you enough.

We’d love to keep in touch with you and share the latest news from Bukavu. Click here to Keep in Touch with Future Hope Africa.

Thank you again for your prayers and support,