StreetLight Mission: Vacation Bible School at Bayway Projects

On Monday, July 11, 2011, thirty-two children celebrated the love of Jesus during the first day of StreetLight Mission’s summer Vacation Bible School (VBS). The weeklong event is being held as an extension of our Friday night outreach at Mravlag Manor in Elizabeth, New Jersey. A fun-filled day consisting of music, recreational activities, crafts, Bible study and lunch was available to all children who attended.

Registration tables opened a few minutes before 11 and children walked through the doors with wide smiles and excitement for the day ahead. Enthusiastic volunteers from Evangel Church and Eagles Wings ministry greeted each child. From beginning to end there was a wonderful excitement in the building, and it was clear that the Holy Spirit was at work.

The day began with an opening ceremony. The kids were invited to participate in worship through music and prayer followed by dismissal to their appropriate classes. Each class ventured from activity to activity together as a group. Whether it was while playing ultimate Frisbee outside, assembling cross shaped magnets or participating in group discussions on what “gratefulness” looks like, each activity allowed the Holy Spirit to begin working on these young hearts.

Most of these kids have nothing to do during these summer days. Having Street Light VBS is definitely a new opportunity for them. Although it is only Monday, several children were already thinking ahead. Thirteen-year-old William asked repeatedly, “Can you guys please come back next week? This is GREAT!”

The team of volunteers is excited for the week ahead. Please pray that the Holy Spirit would continue to work in these young hearts.

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