Twenty years ago, 40 kids met in Calumet school for Xenos' first Vacation Bible School (VBS). Elaine Reading, who has been involved with VBS ever since said, "It was incredible to watch God pull together all the people and parts needed to begin this journey! And every year He repeats his glorious work to reach children."
This year, 357 kids packed into Main Campus to enjoy music, drama, crafts, games and Bible lessons. They learned that Jesus is the ultimate superhero and that God can use anyone to impact this world.
"One of the exciting things about this year's curriculum is that it was originally written by several Xenos students: Cate, Anne and Jennie Messenger, Kaleigh and Abbey Bott and KC Johnson," explains Kim Downs, VBS Director. "Many of our student teachers commented that as they taught lessons to the kids, they were built up in the process! We are so thankful for the 166 students who volunteered to help out with VBS. We couldn't do it without them and their enthusiasm is contagious! We are also grateful for 16 Nepali volunteers who helped us teach three classes of Nepali children."
At VBS, kids are introduced to the message of the Bible and learn about Jesus. A parent of a VBS participant shared, "I wanted to pass some exciting news along. I picked up my son and his friend after VBS today. While we were eating lunch, my son's friend asked who Jesus was. We got to explain who He is and what He's done for us and how each of us has to make a decision to have Jesus rescue us from our bad choices. My son's friend announced that he hadn't made that decision. I'm always amazed that such young kids can understand the Gospel. They are listening and understanding the message!"
If you'd like to get in on the excitement, either by sending your kids or volunteering, mark your calendar for next year's VBS: June 20-24, 2016.