Haiti (MNN) — Cold winter weather has many people looking forward to the warmer temperatures and longer days of summer. Baptist Haiti Mission is eager–for a different reason. According to BHM’s Ron Sparks, summer means Vacation Bible School.
“It’s one of the main ways that we have for connecting with children in Haiti about God’s love for us, and the Gospel also,” Sparks explains.
As BHM prepares for the upcoming 2014 VBS season, they’re looking to the past with joy.
“Not only was the Gospel shared with over 1000 children, but we had nearly 300 that actually responded with professions of faith,” says Sparks.
Those results are from a VBS held in the northwest region of Haiti, where a BHM training session for church leaders was held for the very first time.
BHM’s VBS programs introduce many of Haiti’s children and families to Christ, but the story doesn’t stop there. The ministry’s comprehensive strategy results in further discipleship and care.
“The ongoing way to know God and to know about Christ’s love is through the Bible and reading the Scriptures. That’s where our school program comes into play,” Sparks explains.
The Bible is part of BHM’s school curriculum, explaining God’s love from Genesis through Revelation. Child sponsorships provide further encouragement and sometimes provide the very gateway kids need to go to school in the first place.
“All of these things working together, between the church program and the school program and child sponsorship, are a pretty comprehensive way to share the love of Christ with the children in Haiti,” Sparks concludes.
Pray for BHM as they prepare for the 2014 VBS season. Pray for financial support to make these programs possible.
“Missionaries would have you pray for their wisdom and spiritual guidance. I would add that we would appreciate prayers for their health and safety,” says Sparks.