VBS 2018:… Awesome, AWEsome, AWESOME
Second Week of VBS in Bukavu: Faith and Reconciliation
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Whew!! FHA’s Kanega Centre staff members are still recovering from the incredible aura of VBS as they prepare to begin fall school activities and lessons. Sooooo much went on during the last week of VBS (August 6-10) and Friday’s field trip was so amazing that we will tell you about the second week in two parts; below is Monday – Thursday.
Blessings, Stephen Butler
Your support of FHA allowed us to offer the children in Bukavu a wonderful two-week program the world could not offer them. It is a great privilege to serve the Kingdom by leading these children. Our hearts are full of gratitude.
On Monday, we began our second week of VBS by teaching the children about encouraging others while showing that GOD is present in our projects.
Nehemiah told his friends that GOD and the King were part of their rebuilding project to assure his co-workers the project would surely be accomplished. After his skeptical friends heard these words, they were encouraged and stood up and said, “Let’s rise up and build”(Neh 2:18).
Our sub-theme for Tuesday was, “Do I practice Faith in GOD?”
To emphasize this theme, we put the children’s focus on practicing faith in GOD through building a good relationship with HIM and others by keeping the four pillars of faith – Truth, Love, Unity, Holiness (Eph. 4) — Having assurance that HE will help us achieve whatever HE calls us to do. You cannot have assurance that GOD is with you in your projects if you do not have a good relationship with HIM and with the people around you.
Our Wednesday theme was, “Do I react to opposition in a Christ-like manner?” and on Thursday we discussed, “Do I strive to bring people back to the right way?”
We looked at the different strategies Nehemiah developed against the attacks of Sanbalat and Tobias. We taught the children how to choose to come back to the way that honors GOD.
The children learned that it is a good thing to be the person who works to reconcile people with GOD. We also discussed how leaders motivate others to do what is best for the environment and for the community – to make Bukavu and the DRC a better place.
We had an unexpected treat this week as we welcomed Pastor Emmanuel Mukwege, my brother-in-law from Belgium, for a 45-minute mentoring session to our 35 VBS teachers. A special time indeed! He read in the book of Nehemiah and talked about sanctification and being set aside for GOD. We were taught to keep our body clean for GOD, and if we’ve messed up, GOD is able to restore us. He offered a call to repentance, and many of our teachers grabbed the opportunity. A great delight to me since I always say the teachers are under our direct responsibility as much as the 165 children are under theirs.
I hope you enjoy some of the photos and videos from VBS. Please visit our website for much more. BUT, we are not finished—still to come is the truly remarkable story of our VBS field trip.
WOULD YOU DO SOMETHING FOR ME?
PRAY for FHA:
Your prayers are very important to me and for our continued growth and success helping children and families in Bukavu.
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Awesome PART ONE: blog.futurehopeafrica.com/2018/09/14/awesome-part-one/
Awesome PART TWO: blog.futurehopeafrica.com/2018/09/19/awesome-part-TWO/
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