DEWEY, Ariz. (Portraits) — Bryan and Jamie Powers strongly believe Vacation Bible School is one of the most effective ways to reach kids and, by extension, families in their community for Christ. But planting a church in an area largely comprised of retirees, their chances of being able to pull off a successful VBS on their own were pretty low.
The Powerses planted Dewey Fellowship Church in Dewey, Ariz., south of Prescott, about three years ago. A handful of churches came alongside to support them the first summer they held VBS. This past summer, even more churches (six to be exact) stepped up to help in various and vital ways.
“The best part of this whole experience has been to see this community of believers from different churches and locations come together and become an instant family, all for the same purpose,” Bryan says.
Willow Hills Baptist Church in Prescott and Generation Church in Phoenix provided leader training and materials. The Ridge Church in Prescott sent a volunteer to lead music. First Southern Baptist Church of Wickenburg sent their entire youth leadership team to serve as volunteers for the week. Bryan and Jamie remember how their congregation quickly fell in love with all of the Wickenburg youth.
Since Dewey Fellowship currently meets in a gym for Sunday services, Mountain View Southern Baptist Church in Dewey graciously allowed them to use their facility for the VBS. Corona Baptist Church in Chandler gave them a trailer plus two SUVs full of decorations and materials.
Corona also equipped them, especially Jamie, with training and resources to execute VBS confidently and effectively.
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Source: Baptist Press