Vacation Bible School (VBS) has become a staple ministry for churches of various denominations for decades. There are varying reports about when VBS started, some claiming it originated as early as 1866 following the end of the Civil War. Professor C.B. Eavy described the early days of VBS like this: “The vacation church school was started to gather idle children into unused churches where unoccupied teachers might keep them busy in a wholesome way in a wholesome environment. These summer programs in the eastern part of the country reportedly lasted five weeks and includes not only Bible content but also worship, music, open-air games, ‘expressional activities’ like sewing, weaving, basketry and hammock-making, plus talks on patriotism and hygiene.”
VBS has changed dramatically since its inception. I remember when I was young VBS lasted two weeks; now most programs last five days or less with fewer and fewer churches offering the ministry. Staffing has become the major obstacle for churches along with an apathetic attitude towards teaching children biblical stories by many parents. Unfortunately, this trend results in many children not having the opportunity to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Clark’s Valley Zion’s last day of VBS is tonight. On Tuesday evening we had over 70 children (I’m writing this on Wed. morning so I don’t know the numbers for Wed. or Thurs.) We have a dedicated staff of adults and youth to provide this ministry for our community. Tonight is “decision night” where children are given the opportunity to hear the gospel & receive salvation in Christ Jesus.
Today as you consider pausing at noon to Bend-A-Knee in prayer may you take advantage of God’s invitation to enter His Throne Room of Grace and uplift the final night of VBS (hopefully you have been praying all wk.)
It is a privilege to introduce children to God’s gracious plan of salvation. For some children this may be the only chance they ever get to hear the gospel message. Please uplift the staff and that the message of God’s love will be clearly presented so that seeds may be planted and lives transformed. You may not be physically participating in VBS but you can be a prayer warrior on its behalf. Take advantage of the opportunity to pray on behalf of God’s Kingdom.