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Sunday, April 18, 2010

DVBS 2010

When I was I kid I used to attend DVBS (Daily Vacation Bible School) during summer. I enjoyed listening to Bible stories and doing some activities like coloring and game competitions. That was many moon years back but I still remember the stories I heard and the songs we sang at VBS. Many years had passed and now I’m a VBS teacher. Yesiree!!! I taught VBS this past week and I tell you I had fun. I am a licensed secondary school teacher major in Math but I never dreamed that I would be a VBS teacher. I believe that it’s all part of God’s plan that instead of teaching Math, I would be teaching the Word of God to the kids. Who would have thought that I would become a missionary’s wife and start a ministry here in my homeland? But God chose me and I would have to be obedient to His calling.

Last week we went from house to house in one of the barangays here in our town about 2 miles away from our house. Most of the people there are my kinfolks and most of them are not yet saved. So hubby and I decided to hold a DVBS for the kids in that area. There were 24 kids who signed up but only 19 completed the course and received certificates. On our 1st day I asked the class if they had attended VBS before but all of them said NO. All of them were first timers. and it was also my first time to teach at VBS. Hubby and I were the only ones available to handle VBS but we managed anyway. It would have been better if there were other teachers so I could have divided the class according to their age level. We started our class at 8:30 AM until 11:30 AM. Every morning when we arrived there, the kids were already out there waiting on us. They were so interested and it made me glad. Our VBS theme was Champions For God and our theme song was of the same title. I told stories of characters from the Bible who were considered as Champions For God like David who defeated Goliath, the apostle Paul, Noah of Noah’s Ark, etc Hubby was my assistant in handling the kids. He helped during game competitions and he assisted me during snack time in giving snacks to the kids. For one week I stayed up late at night preparing the lessons and the materials for their crafts. I had to learn some Christian songs for the kids and taught it to them. They love the song “Ang Mga Ibon” which I taught them with matching actions. Some of them volunteered to sing it in front of the class. When hubby started to take some photos, almost everybody raised their hands and wanted to sing in front so their photos would be taken too. It really made me smile. I wrote memory verses for the kids to memorize. Hubby gave rewards to those kids who were able to memorize the verse in John 3:16. It’s amazing how kids learn and memorize so fast but there were also slow learners. The oldest in my class was 13 but he’s only in the 4th grade and the youngest was 5.

VBS lasted for a week and the kids graduated yesterday and everybody were so excited. They received a certificate of completion. I thanked them for attending VBS and hopefully next year I would see them again. I asked them to attend Sunday school in the same venue. By the way, we held VBS at a vacant house own by one of my kinfolks. I plan to have a Sunday school there every week as follow-up for the kids who attended DVBS. I pray that God will bless our ministry and that those kids will grow up with the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.