by Steve Olmstead
Kipling Baptist, Warren
Another successful DVBS is in the record books at Kipling Baptist (KBC) and Camp Norland. A long time ago some people at KBC decided a daily vacation Bible school (DVBS) would be the big mission of the church and every summer since it has been. It is probably the annual event that connects us to our community the best. Camp Norland on Deer Lake remains available to us and is a prime location for our mission.
This year it took 15 volunteers from the church and community; another team of young adults from Coldwater Canada and forty children to make it work. The donation of a bus from Alouette Bus Lines and a ministry grant from CBOQ went far to help off-set the costs of running our DVBS. With some of the grant money we were able to hire a young woman for a few weeks leading up to the DVBS. She did face-painting and advertised our event at the local fair during Father’s Day weekend. She also prepared scripts, built props, cleaned, decorated and then worked as a lifeguard for our DVBS. Without the CBOQ grant we couldn’t have benefited from her labours.
So what did DVBS look like?
It looked like kids splashing in a lake, it looked like kids listening and participating in dramatized Bible stories, it looked like kids catching their first fish, or petting rabbits and a lamb for the first time. It looked like kids proudly wearing headbands they helped dye, or carefully assembling their own jewelry and toys.
It looked like friends laughing together. What else did DVBS look like for us? It looked like seniors working tirelessly, cutting out wooden shapes, cutting and welding steel, creating recipes, shopping for just the right kind of supplies. It looked like someone driving the bus every morning and every afternoon. It looked like people supervising the children, bandaging the scratches and listening to their voices for five days. It looked like young people helping the children and the adults. It looked like young people willingly cleaning up after everyone else—without a single complaint.
Sometimes a CBOQ grant pays for equipment, sometimes it pays for promotion, or for rent. Most importantly to us our CBOQ grant brought us all together in a common mission this past July.
Our hearts are truly filled with gratitude for our CBOQ partnership in mission.
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