During the last week of June, Cherry Log Christian Church in Georgia hosted Vacation Bible School for local area children. This is not unusual…they do it every year. What IS unusual is that three weeks later they took their VBS “on the road” to a local trailer park that houses more than 100 children, mostly from Guatemala. For three days volunteers from the church taught those children that God loves them all the time. They played dodgeball, bagball, and basketball; made crafts including necklaces and bracelets with beads and crosses; made shofars and a mural with a tree on which the hands of the children were the leaves; did science projects including soap making and making mobiles of the planets.
Every child also received a bright red T-shirt, along with small bags of soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste, and some school supplies. Donated clothing was also distributed to the parents, many of whom have eight to 10 children in single-wide trailers that may or may not have running water, air, or heat. Food is being donated to these children through the Seamless Summer Nutrition Program, a government grant to help counties that have children who normally qualify during the school year for reduced price or free meals (in Gilmer County, 76% of children qualify for these meals).
The “road show” gave the children some fun they and it provided the volunteers with an experience they will never forget. Sharing God’s love can be amazing!