In the U.S., March might seem a little early to start thinking about Vacation Bible School. In South Asia, churches led by Gospel for Asia-supported pastors often hold VBS programs in March and April, but VBS can happen any time of year.
Last year, in one region, 26 churches led by Gospel for Asia-supported pastors held Vacation Bible School programs in June and July. The churches were hoping and praying 780 children in this region would participate in VBS. The Lord answered above their expectations, leading 820 children to attend! More than 200 of these children came from non-Christian backgrounds.
Each participating church held a three-day VBS program centered on the theme “Super Hero: Love in Action.” Students learned about Jesus Christ, and they were encouraged to develop good values such as being a good friend and forgiving others.
“I love to make friends, and after attending this program I came to know about a true friend—Jesus,” said Nazima, one of the children who attended VBS. “I have heard before about Jesus but did not know Him. But after attending the VBS, I am so blessed.”
Children also enjoyed learning action songs, including the theme song, “Jesus Is My Hero,” which was written by Gospel for Asia-supported missionaries.
Even after the VBS program ended, children could be heard on the streets singing the songs they had learned at VBS.
“I like the action songs and especially the games,” shared Anbu, one of the children. “I want to attend VBS next time also. I had a good time learning about the living God, Jesus Christ.”
By God’s grace, this year’s VBS programs will touch more lives as children learn about the 2016 VBS theme, which is based on Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”