Wednesday, April 29, 2009

VBS in Guatemala!

I receive an email every month from IMPACTO ministries in Zacapa, Guatemala and am trying to see if anyone is interested in going this fall/winter to one of the following locations...
The dates are: Oct. 31-Nov. 7 -- VBS in Iglesia Adonai [Guatemala City]
November 7-14 -- VBS in Lake Atitlan churches
November 14-22 -- VBS in Zacapa
December 5-12 -- VBS in Coban

August 15: deadline for teams to commit to participating
September 1: deadline for number on each team, rooming list, and flight information [until this is submitted from every team participating, expense breakdown cannot be calculated]
Please let Sarah know if you will be bringing a team by emailing her:

Team and funds needed! VBS in Guatemala City is the largest with over 1,500 children expected to attend. The costs are tremendous for this outreach week because extra space has to be rented, chairs and tents have to be rented, food purchased for daily meals for the children, etc. Estimates now are around $10,000 to hold this evangelistic outreach for 4 weeks. Please pray for funds and for teams to come help
Team Responsible for Daily Craft: Craft should go with the daily Bible lesson and/or memory verse. Simple crafts will be needed for younger children would be good to have more involved craft for teens. We highly recommend that any cutting or sorting that would need to be done for the craft be done by the team. The churches do not have scissors, glue, crayons, pens, pencils, paper, staples, string, ribbon, etc. ... nothing in the craft supply category so teams will need to bring everything necessary for the craft they plan to do. It also is very helpful (but not a requirement) to have items for what one child needs to make the craft separated into Ziploc-style bags to distribute. This is especially helpful if the craft uses beads!
Teams that are going to be in Guatemala City (Iglesia Adonai) usually provide the craft for one day, for all ages. They teach the other teams how to do the craft and then all teams help the different classes/ages do the craft. This has worked really well because it means a team has to come up with one craft and provide the supplies for that craft. With 1,500 children expected to attend, that reduces the cost, coming up with ideas, etc. (If your team wants to come serve this week, I will put you in touch with the other leaders so you can coordinate crafts.) Teams can use afternoon and evenings to prepare anything needed for the next day's craft. Everyone works together and lasting friendships are formed among teams (added bonus!!).
Teams that are going to be in the lake area churches can prepare two crafts and go to two different churches. This way, teams only have to come up with two crafts and the supplies to go with those two projects. If enough teams sign up, this can also work for Zacapa and Coban, however, until August 15 deadline, this cannot be determined. Lake area, Zacapa, and Coban churches are expected to have anywhere from 150 to 400 children each day.
Teams do not have to prepare the Bible lesson for the day. That will be done by the team from Iglesia Adonai and they will travel to the lake, Zacapa and Coban to do the same there.
Here is the weekly theme and Bible verse and the daily lesson topic, scripture, and memory verse.

Theme: Against the Flow

Theme Verse: Romans 12:2 (NIV) Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

If you are interested, please let me know and we can make all necessary arrangements!

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