First Vacation Bible School – Resurrection Life Church

The second week of our Youth Leadership Center (YLC) internship began by meeting a missions team from Bellerose Assembly of God in New York. The Bellerose youth, Soldiers in Training, came down for the week to help run our first free Vacation Bible School (VBS) of the summer.

We are doing four VBS events over the eight-week internship. This first one was called Passport to Peru. We spent all day Monday decorating, learning the songs, and getting the curriculum ready. It was a very fun day. Tuesday was the 4th of July so we all got the day off.

On Wednesday, we began VBS and assigned different jobs. Mine was Bible Expeditions. Every day when kids came by, I got to tell them a different Bible story. We did end up having a smaller group of kids, but it was worth it. One child can make a huge difference for the kingdom of God. A huge thank you to Bellerose AG for coming to help us this week.

“Each day, we had a different Bible Point where we called a truth about God, such as ‘God gives us comfort’, and the kids would reply with ‘Gracias’. With the help of the team, the week went on with ease. We interacted and built relationships with all of the kids. They were my favorite part of the week, seeing how much the kids enjoyed the activities and hearing God’s word. It reminded me that God has a plan for everyone. Even if life gets hard, God is on our side. We didn’t just run a VBS, we grew in our faith.”

-Shamaya Dolby | Youth Intern

This week, we are helping East End Assembly of God in Pittsburgh with their VBS and will return to Philadelphia next week to lead Maker Fun Factory VBS. For those of you who live in Philadelphia with children, the VBS will be Wednesday-Friday, July 19-21, 10 am -2:30 pm at 3501 N.17th Street. It is totally free with lunch included!

Register at We are also looking for volunteers. You can contact 215-226-1000 or let us know through the website.


Student Leaders Start Here

About a week ago, we began our Youth Leadership Center summer internship program. On the first day, we had orientation and did a fun activity to learn about our leadership styles, from a book we’re reading, Student Leaders Start Here. The book, along with our leaders, teaches us what kind of leaders we are and how we can grow.

There were 4 general types of leaders. Movers are people whose primary goal is to get a team of people to accomplish a goal. They love to accept challenges, set goals, get people involved, make decisions, take risks, and persevere over difficulties. The next type of leader, a relater, is a person who just wants the team to get along. They love to build relationships, get to know team members, encourage others, be supportive, and they are good listeners. The third type of leader is a thinker, someone who wants the team to develop creative solutions. They specialize in gathering information, analyzing situations, brainstorming new ideas, developing plans, being creative, and getting all of the pieces to work together. The final type of leader is a doer. Doers tend to focus on the task at hand, make checklists, organize things, correct errors, and hit deadlines. Essentially, they like to do things and do them right. We all took a 10 question personality test to see what we were. Here were our results:

The main thing our group learned from this is that we need to focus a lot on relationships. We have a lot of doers, movers, and thinkers, but barely any relaters. While a leader can be good with only one of these characteristics, a great leader portrays a little bit of each characteristics. All through this summer, we are learning to grow so we all have to keep growing to eventually become the leaders of tomorrow.