Through Bible stories, action songs and other lessons, the children of Asia will be flooded with the overwhelming hope and acceptance that Jesus provides, all while having the time of their lives at Vacation Bible School.
Prem came from a little village in Nepal and was one of thousands of children who attended one of our VBS programs last summer.
On the first day, Prem and his older sister arrived at the church after walking for hours. The pastor and VBS team enthusiastically welcomed them and 100 other children.
Initially, Prem was very shy, quietly observing everything. Coming from a non-Christian background, the 8-year-old had never heard Bible stories, seen a puppet show or joined in action songs before. But before the day was over, Prem had become the most excited participant of all.
That evening, Prem and the other children enjoyed a nice dinner prepared by the students of the nearby Gospel for Asia Bible college. Afterward they happily went to sleep on mats spread out in the sanctuary. You see, VBS in Nepal often involves meals and "sleepovers," because travel is difficult and most children live too far away to return home at night.
During the next few days, Prem and the other children had such fun learning about the Lord Jesus Christ and His love for them. You should have seen their enthusiasm while playing games, coloring pictures, singing songs and memorizing Bible verses!
Though most of these children grew up in non-Christian families, their hearts were sensitive and responsive to their Creator. And before the VBS was over, Prem, along with 30 others, decided to follow Christ. It is amazing how easily children can discern the truth of the Gospel while adults struggle so hard to find it!
For little Prem and all the other children, VBS is just the beginning of their encounter with the love of Christ. Our pastors and teachers follow up with each child, doing their best to connect them with an existing Sunday school—or start one if needed. In addition, they make every effort to share the Gospel with the children's families.
Little children like Prem are so dear to the heart of God. And He desires that they be just as dear to ours as well.