By Karen Miyamoto
This past summer, Higher Vision Church located in Santa Clarita, CA decided to adopt ZOE for their 2017 Vacation Bible School missions focus. They gave each child plastic tubes to collect change through our Kids Helping Kids program. The VBS was over the course of 5 days and the theme was Maker Fun Factory. Higher Vision Church prayed for and had over 600 children in attendance and at the end of the week, more than half of the children raised their hands to accept Jesus Christ into their lives. As if that wasn’t amazing already, the final numbers of what was collected was just presented to us last week. In just 5 days, the children collected over $5000 to be donated to the children at ZOE! I was completely blown away that in just 5 days…children under the age of 12…collected change equaling over $5000! Wow! How cool is that!
Along with learning about ZOE and what ZOE does with their donations, the children learned various bible points throughout the week such as, God Made You! – Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex (Psalm 13:14) and God is Always with You! – The Lord your God is with you wherever you go (Joshua 1:9).
One of the highlights of the week was that on the last day, one leader would be duct taped to the wall. For organization purposes, the children at the beginning of VBS are separated into 4 color groups. With the creativity of the VBS planners and because who doesn’t enjoy some friendly competition, they decided that the color group that brought in the most change for ZOE would get to see their team leader get duct taped to the wall! The competition was intense and the kids had a blast!
Thank you to Jael Liko, Heidi Krouzian, the many volunteers for VBS and Pastor Jared Ming for sharing ZOE with the kids at this year’s VBS at Higher Vision. We are beyond blessed and super grateful for everything you did. It’s so great to see children wanting to give to help other children in need.