Kelly Love, NMI President
First Church of the Nazarene
4290 North Monroe
Hutchinson, KS 67502
Custom Car Garage: Loving God, Serving Others
The following is edited from Tonya Ferguson's blog.
It's Vacation Bible School time again at Hutchinson, KS First Church of the Nazarene!
Our theme this year was Custom Car Garage: loving God and serving others.
The curriculum we used referenced the JESUS Film, so our church invited JESUS Film Harvest Partners (JFHP) Missionaries to be special speakers. It was amazing!
Have you heard about the great work the Church of the Nazarene is doing using the JESUS Film?
- The film has been translated into 1,140 languages!!
- One more person makes a decision for Christ every 47 seconds.
- A number of mission experts have acclaimed the film as one of the greatest evangelistic tools of all time.
- Since JESUS Film Harvest Partners was established as a ministry arm of the Nazarene church in 1997, over 60 million evangelistic contacts have been reported by teams of nations.
- Over 11 million decisions for Christ have been recorded.
- On average for each $3 given to JFHP one person makes a decision for Christ.
"But how can any single film reach so many people and touch so many lives?
It is the power of the Word of God in their heart language."
Watch this video, it is SO SO moving to watch these people experience Jesus Christ for the very first time. I've watched it twice, first at church, then at home as I tried to find it to share with you all….both times it had me in tears. Guys, they LIVED the stories of the Bible, they experienced it like they were right there with Him…laughing, gasping, cheering and sobbing as Jesus was crucified.
This will be the BEST 4 minutes you will spend today:
We were excited to help out such a great ministry with our VBS program. Each day we had an average of about 150 kids! 40 of those 150 accepted Jesus as their Savior! WOW!
Ty and Avery's class
The missionaries taught the kids how to witness using different ministry tools like, EvangeCubes, and salvation soccer balls.
The children even worked on knitting hats to take into the Mission Field along with the JESUS Film.
After finding out the knitting project was hard, even for grown ups, our church came up with Salvation T-shirt scarves. The missionaries LOVED them and said they thought it'd be a big hit in the mission field!
Out of the 4 day VBS, $504.78 was brought for missions in the form of nickel, dime, quarter and dollar days! WOW! Then on Sunday, the congregation matched that for a grand total of over $1,000 to give to Jesus Film Ministries.
I worked with the little ones, who couldn't do the evangecubes or knitting or even t-shirt scarves, with ease. Instead, we made salvation bracelets, and it was my job to teach them the colors and what they meant.
The night before VBS, inspiration hit from above, I could teach them a:
Colors of Salvation Rhyme!
We worked with our kiddos on the rhyme every day. We did one to two beads a day on our bracelets too, so when we weren't using them we hung them on this "clothes line" along the marker board.
Preschoolers are SMART! By day 2, several of them had the rhyme memorized already, and we only went over it a few times each morning! WOW.Dale and I worked on some construction paper visual aids to go along with the rhyme, which we used each day as well as during Sunday morning VBS service.
The kids did a great job!
Dark is like the night, it represents our sin:
Red is for the Blood Jesus shed, won't you let Him in?
White is white, like new fallen snow, because Jesus makes you clean:
New growth in Christ, as He works in you, is represented by green:
Gold is for Heaven, like streets of Gold, where we spend eternity with Him:
All these colors are the Rainbow of Salvation, so we can be Fishers of Men!
The purpose of this rhyme, is so they can tell their friends about Jesus when they ask about the bracelet they are wearing!
The Blue bead is for baptism and purple is for royalty, because Jesus is the King of Kings.
(This is not part of the Jesus Film Salvation colors, so we didn't include them in the rhyme.)
Fun, right?! I love Vacation Bible School!!! :)
A big thank you to my friend, Heather for sharing her CD of awesome photos with all the VBS Volunteers! The 1st 10 VBS pictures in this post are hers!