Kids Learn & Do at VBS
How I live my life at HOME can show others God’s great love for them. That’s the main theme of today’s teaching. Throughout the week, we’ll be comparing and contrasting how Sam’s kids in Haiti and our kids here in Orange Country show God’s love to others through their actions … starting in their own home. To learn more about today’s Outreach experience, click on one of the boxes below.
Today, we introduced the kids to Pastor Samuel and his 55 kids, and we talked about how Mariners has partnered with Sam since 2010 to create a loving home for these children who were orphaned in the devastating Haiti earthquake.
Our kids last raised money for Haiti at VBS in 2010 & 2011. Pastor Samuel used that money to build two of the four dorms in which the kids now live at the Glory Glory Center in the southern district of Torbeck, approximately 5 hours by bus from Port-au-Prince. In addition to the dorms, the Glory Glory Center includes a kitchen, outdoor dining area, generator building, and church/medical clinic/community center. Seven (7) house parents live with the children on-site and care for them as their own.
Sam’s kids are like our kids in many ways. They study and play and do chores. Most children in Haiti have many responsibilities within the home, including fetching clean water, helping to cook, doing laundry, and caring for younger children. Some children manage the household while their parents are gone all day earning money to keep the family fed.
Finally, we talked about how much value Pastor Samuel places in education. Without it, he believes children have no future in Haiti. In Sam’s own words, “There is no opportunity without education.”
Today's Bible Verses
Then the way you live will always honor and please the Lord, and your lives will produce every kind of good fruit. All the while, you will grow as you learn to know God better and better. Colossians 1:10 (NLT)
This is the main verse for VBS this summer. We will continue to refer back to it throughout the week.
Parents Learn & Do Too
God commands us to love others as much as ourselves. As your children learn about Haiti in VBS this week, we encourage you to learn about Haiti too. Click on the boxes below for questions you can ask your kids about what they learned. Better yet, accept our Parents Daily Challenge, and show your kids how you and your family can “reach out” to others by sharing your time, talents, and treasure.
Questions to Ask Your Kids
1. What is one thing you learned today about Haiti?
2. How are you similar to the kids in Haiti?
3. What will the money you raise this week go towards?
VBS Fundraising Goal
Our goal this year is to raise $25,000 to help build Sam’s school. We’ll be putting this money directly toward the construction of three (3) kindergarten classrooms and one (1) playground.
On our School page, you can read a summary of the project, as well as download a copy of the comprehensive Haiti School Strategic Plan and Haiti School Budget, which details exactly how much it will cost to build the school and operate it for one (1) year.
Cell Phone & Toiletries Collection
At Pastor Samuel’s request, we’re collecting gently used cell phones and toiletries this year to take to our friends in Haiti in August.
Cell Phones: Must be sim-card compatible. These phones will be distributed to people who lost their phones to the rain or tidal surge during Hurricane Matthew.
Toiletries: We’re requesting different toiletries from each of the grades at VBS so that we get an even mix of items. Please send only personal-sized items. We cannot transport family-sized or bulk items.
Kindergarten & Preschool – hair accessories (barrettes, headbands, ponytail holders, etc.)
1st Grade – bar soap & lotion
2nd Grade – toothbrush & toothpaste
3rd Grade – fine-toothed combs & picks (for african hair)
4th Grade – compact mirror (e.g. “clamshell” that folds and goes in your purse)
5th Grade – antiperspirant / deodorant (men & women)
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