Every summer, churches across America open their doors to children of all faiths to attend Vacation Bible School (VBS), one of their largest outreach events of the year. Many times, VBS is the first time a child hears about the saving love of Christ, and it’s often when he/she becomes a believer.
This past summer, a mission team from Forest Baptist Church in Forest, Va. worked with SBCV church planter Martin Solan* in his ministry area of Metro Washington, D.C. They joined with Solan’s partner SBCV church* for a two-day VBS to reach the children of Arab immigrant families living nearby.
How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? Romans 10:14
Of the Muslims in America, 42 percent were born in the United States**. The children of this generation are raised in their parents’ faith, but they are exposed to Christianity in the communities where they now live. Pastor Solan’s desire in hosting a VBS was to connect with these families.
The team from Forest (made up of adults, teenagers, and children), shared LifeWay’s Go and Tell Mission Trip VBS with the children. This new resource is designed to present the Gospel to any child anywhere, no matter the culture or language.
“Having financially supported Pastor Solan and his mission, we were excited to ‘go and tell’ the truths of the Gospel to a community of people who may have never before heard the name of Jesus Christ,” says Joe Veres, Forest’s elder of missions. “Our desire, as the Holy Spirit prepares the way, is for the seeds of truth that we planted to be nurtured in the lives of children who will eventually come to faith in the Savior of the world.”
“I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So, neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.”
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Source: Baptist Press