Released 27 June 2012
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June 2012 - More than 85 children and 15 volunteers/church members took to the skies last week as part of The Salvation Army of Martin County's Vacation Bible School (VBS). Boys and girls from ages 4-12 participated in a variety of Christian-oriented activities during "Sky VBS," June 11-15. 2012.
"At Sky VBS, children's faith and imagination soared as they discovered that everything is possible with God," explained Mariel Broffman, Salvation Army Mission Specialist. "With a focus of learning to trust God, the kids participated in memorable Bible-learning activities, songs of praise and worship, science experiments and teamwork-building games." She added that one of the favorite activities was building and launching rockets made partly out of plastic newspaper bags, which were donated by the Stuart News.
This year, VBS also had a serious side as well. According to Ms. Broffman, the children joined an international mission's effort, through World Vision, to squash malaria - a disease carried by mosquitoes that kills more than 2,000 children every day. "All week long, the children brought in their pennies to purchase mosquito nets to protect children in Mali, Africa. They were able to raise enough money to help 20 children" she noted.
The children enjoyed a nutritious lunch every day, provided in part by local restaurants. "We sincerely thank Chick-Fil-A of Stuart, Big Apple Pizza of Stuart and St. Lucie West, and Jersey Mike's Subs in Stuart for providing food for the children. Their donations enabled us to stretch our very small budget a little farther," stated Ms. Broffman.
Vacation Bible School also would not have been possible without the help of many volunteers and church members. From local teens to friends, parents and retirees, each person played a valuable role in VBS, either as an activity leader, classroom teacher, lunch organizer, clean-up crew and more! "While having 85 children descend on one place at one time can often be chaos, however, thanks to the wonderful organization of volunteers/church members, the week ran extremely smooth," stated a very enthused Ms. Broffman. "Many hands made the task much easier and more enjoyable for everyone."
For more information on Vacation Bible School, our on-going youth programs or other Salvation Army programs, call 772-288-1471 or visit our website at www.salvationarmystuart.org.