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