Everest VBS was AWESOME! Praise God for an incredible week of ministry! Thank you Elkhorn Hills UMC for sharing your love of Jesus Christ by serving the VBS participants and their families this week. Thank you for your prayers, love and generous giving to Elkhorn Hills UMC. Below are a few of the highlights from the week.
Approximately 90 children registered for VBS this year. Forty of those were in the preschool crews. Members brought neighbors, friends, and cousins to join in the fun. It was so delightful to see the Elkhorn Hills Preschool students hug their preschool friends and teachers that they missed after a month apart.
In addition, we had 68 incredible volunteers! The volunteers came from parents, church members, staff, Elkhorn Hills Preschool, returning college students, and youth! Especially exciting were the 5th, 6th and 7th graders who have “aged out” of being VBS participants, but who were outstanding volunteers. The future of our VBS program looks very bright!
We raised over $1,000 for our mission projects–“Fostering Hope” and UMCOR: Nepal. Our Elkhorn Hills Knit and Sew Group provided fabric and labor for Day 3 Craft–stuffed hearts for the Hope Bags. Part of our mission proceeds will go to them to assist them in making more Layette Kits for UMCOR. The group was overjoyed when they learned that their last shipment of Layette Kits were being sent to Nepal, where they are desperately needed. Click here for more information about UMCOR the Layette Kit Project.
Children in foster care sometimes aren’t living with their own families. They may be moved to a safe location without being able to bring any of their own things with them. The “Fostering Hope” mission provides them with a few things of their own during this confusing transitional time.
Several VBS crafts focused on our “Fostering Hope” mission project. On Monday night VBS participants decorated the canvas “Hope Bags” that we will fill using our VBS donations. On Tuesday, VBS participants stuffed fabric hearts to bring love to a foster child receiving a “Hope Bag.” Our goal was to fill 100 “Hope Bags.” The donations we collected will be used to purchase items to fill the “Hope Bags” with the following items:
- Comfort item (stuffed heart or stuffed animal). The fabric and labor have been generously donated by our Knit & Sew group.
- Toothbrush/toothpaste. These items have been generously donated by a church member.
- Night Light.
- Snack item (Goldfish Crackers).
- Book/Toy. Books have been generously donated by a church member.
- Small Blanket.
Click here to learn more about our “Fostering Hope” mission.
Our second mission is UMCOR: Nepal. In April, 2015, there was a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal. Over 8 thousand people were killed and more than 23,000 were injured. It was the worst natural disaster to strike Nepal since the 1934 Nepal–Bihar earthquake. The earthquake triggered an avalanche on Mount Everest, killing at least 19. Hundreds of thousands of people were made homeless with entire villages flattened across many districts of the country.
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) provides assistance to those in need throughout the world. UMCOR is providing clean water, food, shelter, clothing, and school kits to the many people affected by the April, 2015, earthquake. Gifts to UMCOR International Disaster Response make it possible for UMCOR to respond quickly to emergency situations through our local and international partners.
With our VBS Theme of “Everest,” we felt compelled to add this worthy mission to our program. Through the sale of 22 Everest “Survival Kits,” which were filled with various Everest VBS related items and a free-will offering, VBS families raised money that will be donated to: UMCOR International Disaster Response, Advance #982450.
Read about UMCOR’s response to Nepal’s Quake here.
Day 1: God has the power to provide. The Bible Story from 1 Kings 17 told about how God provided everything Elijah needed. The Bible Verse from 2 Corinthians 9:8 tells us this truth: “And God will generously provide all you need.”
Day 2: God has the power to comfort. The Bible Story from 1 Kings 19 told about how God spoke to Elijah and comforted him. The Bible Verse from 2 Corinthians 1:4 tells us this truth: “God comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others.”
Day 3: God has the power to heal. The Bible Story from 2 Kings 5 tells about a time God healed a man named Naaman…but only after Naaman did something seven times. The Bible Verse from 2 Corinthians 1:4 tells us this truth: “He heals the broken hearted and bandages their wounds.”
Day 4: God has the power to forgive. The Bible Story from Luke 22:31-24:12 tells about when Jesus showed his awesome, mighty, miraculous, huge, one-of-a-kind power. He died on a cross to take away our sins, then came back to life. The Bible Verse from Nehemiah 9:17 tells us this truth: “You are a God of forgiveness.”
Day 5: God has the power to love us forever. The Bible Story from John 14:1-3 told about how much Jesus loves us and how he promises us an eternal home. The Bible Verse from John 3:15 tells us this truth: “Everyone who believes in Him will have eternal life.”
Again, thank you to the participants’ families for sharing their child(ren) with us this week! Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make this special week of ministry possible. Thank you to all who donated to this VBS program, the Fostering Hope mission, and the UMCOR: Nepal mission. Thank you for Pastor Nancy, Children’s Ministries Director Ashley Bossert, and Children’s Council Chairperson Heather McBeth for their outstanding planning of this event. To God be the glory!