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    Author: Shelagh Schuberth

    Category: The Pulse 2018, The Pulse - 2018.31 Issue 31

    Babylon VBS 2018 Report

    BABYLON VBS BEGAN as usual with much planning and excitement. What was unique about this summer’s VBS was that almost half of the children registered were from the community outside the WEFC church family. There were also a few first time VBS volunteers.

    Frances Diaz volunteered, and her 4 children, Giselle, Gisenia, Hector, and Damiela attended VBS. Frances, her husband, Daniel, and their children currently reside in WEFC’s Mission House. The Diaz family was been displaced from their home and church community in Puerto Rico due to the devastating hurricane. They are adjusting to life in America. The point of one of the VBS Bible lessons was, “When things change, God is with you.” This resonated with Frances as she shared, “Though everything in our lives was turned upside down and totally changed, God did not change; God never left us. God has provided.”

    A young boy named Samuel attended VBS for the first time. His family is from India. They currently reside in Rocky Hill. They found out about VBS from the WEFC website. Samuel had a wonderful time and connected well with the children and VBS staff. Their family was blessed by VBS.

    The VBS Bible Drama Team consisted of Jared Kauffman, as Daniel, and Jonny Leffingwell, as Ashpenaz. Neither of them had served in VBS before. They both shared how they enjoyed working with young children and were amazed at how much they learned from acting out the Bible story of Daniel and helping the children apply the Biblical truths to their lives.

    Erin Baumgart, from New Life Christian Fellowship, volunteered to lead the VBS Mission focus. VBS children decorated tote bags with bible verses and hand drawn lions. VBS families donated school supplies to put in these tote bags to be donated to Hartford City Mission’s, Noah After School, a program to support children in the North End of Hartford.

    Jonna Roberge, from WEFC, came to share with VBS children her experience as a volunteer at Noah After School. She spoke of her role as not just tutoring children in their homework assignments, but more about being a friend, sharing the love of Jesus, and making the kids feel valued and special as children of God.

    The week was packed with fun activities: arts & crafts, active outdoor games, and uplifting music, all centered on the story of Daniel and his courage and faithfulness to the one true God.

    To view a slideshow (11 mins) of the week’s activities, click here.