VBS Outreach Project – Let’s Get Growing!
St. Michael’s is dedicated to sharing the love of God with all the children, teens, and volunteers involved with Vacation Bible School. However, the work of sharing God’s love doesn’t stop at the walls of the church!
St. Michael’s hopes to inspire all those who participate in VBS to join in the work of sharing the Good News of Christ with the world. With that in mind, St. Michael’s VBS participates in meaningful, kid-driven Operation Kid-to-Kid outreach projects annually.
Years of drought, hurricanes, and deforestation have taken a toll on Haiti’s soil, making it difficult for parents to grow food for their families. In Haiti, over 26% of children under the age of 5 suffer from chronic malnutrition. At Shipwrecked, children will discover the difference a simple packet of seeds can make as St. Michael’s VBS partners with World Vision to provide Haitian families with drought-tolerant seeds.
World Vision began in the 1950s with a mission to promote human transformation, seek justice, and bear witness to the Good News of the Kingdom of God. To date, they have served over 4 million children in almost 100 countries. Team VBS is excited to be a part of the tremendous work they are doing in Haiti! Funds raised will not only provide families with food they can eat and sell; they will also help farmers learn sustainable farming practices and contribute toward reforestation.
On Day 1 of VBS, campers will receive an Operation Kid-to-Kid seed packet envelope. When children get home, it is important to make time to discuss this project; then, add any dollars or coins you can to their envelope. A $10 gift provides seeds that can grow into food that will feed a child for an entire year, but any donation makes a difference! When campers return their filled envelope, they will “plant” their donations in the Operation Kid-to-Kid Garden Box. Throughout the week, campers and volunteers will see their impact grow as the Garden Box fills up!
Please pray for this outreach project and for all those who struggle with hunger in Haiti!
This article was written by Becky Gleason, Children’s Ministry.