Vacation Bible School
VBS for 2016 was a "rock solid" week! Children explored who Jesus is - The Light of the World! Vacation Bible school is open to kids who will be 5 by September 1 - those completing 5th Grade. It is free. We do ask that you register your child(ren) so we can plan appropriately. Registration will be open in May. (*Please note the adjustment to age requirement.)
Mark your calendar now for VBS 2017...June 12-16. Yes, these dates have changed! We are a week earlier than we usually are.
2016 Missions Project Follow-Up!
See how your coins were used to share Jesus in the Ukraine.
The Retreat Blessed Kids and Parents!
Thank you so much for your prayers and support to help me go to Ukraine this summer. With five other people from the US we helped Fimiam church with their week long retreat for families of kids with special needs. What a blessing it was for me and for everybody at the camp. Here are just a few words that Fimiam church had to write about the American team.
“It was a special blessing that our friends from the US could share valuable information and experience concerning work and rehabilitation for children with different disabilities during volunteer training and face to face individual consultations with parents. Our friends wholeheartedly helped in many ways at the retreat “Joy” as they led Bible Studies, hung out with the kids and gave hope to the tired and weary souls of the parents.”
The retreat was full of fun things to do for the kids and meaningful fellowship for the parents. One girl with cerebral palsy who had the opportunity to jump on a trampoline laughed and repeated, “Mom, it’s a miracle! I’ve never jumped on a trampoline before!” Some children went paddling in inflatable boats for the first time in their lives. The parents shared that they were able to fully relax both physically and spiritually.
Special evening for parents
A high point of the retreat was a special evening when the kids had their own program, while the parents gathered in the open air, and enjoyed live music, dessert, fellowship and could hear the Word of Truth. I had a privilege to be the main speaker and shared about having a child with autism and what God’s word has to say about disability. Our son Stephen had composed a special song to share with the parents which was recorded on a video. Many people were touched and the hearts were opened to the Lord!
As I was getting ready for the trip I heard from Ukrainian volunteers about a boy with autism, who was coming back to the camp and who according to them was very difficult to handle. He bolted and bit and did not participate in camp activities. They wanted help with Pasha. Once in the camp I learned that I met Pasha and his mom Zoryana 5 years ago when we were in Ukraine as a family and offered autism training. Zoryana was not a believer and was not a part of a Christian community back then. I can't tell you how excited I was to see her at a Christian camp. We spent quite a bit of time together and offered practical ideas to volunteers on how to get along better with Pasha. At the end both Zoryana and Pasha had a great time, heard God's Word and experienced love and care from others. Even though they still do not follow Jesus, this is their second time at the camp and they would love to come back.
-For everybody's safety
-For 130 people who over over six days were like
-For the Joy of the Lord being clearly present