Teaching VBS at FBCMF is all for a purpose!
Delia Hunt’s first time teaching VBS was in a little one-room Church in Wells, Maine in 1985. The creative pastor’s wife imagined and produced all the materials, games, and paraphernalia required to pack the week with learning biblical truths while also having fun.
This year Delia and her husband Don were volunteers for VBS here at FBCMF.
This is their story:
“After almost 40 years, we were given another opportunity to once again teach VBS, this time to six-year-olds at FBCMF. These children were unique one-of-a-kind miracles of creation, full of wonder and enthusiasm. Hoping to introduce these kids to new visions of events in Scripture, we were more than amazed at their inquisitive minds. Our watchword for them this year was “purpose”. Each morning we began by joining them in saying, “God created me for a purpose!” That purpose is loving God.
These miracles were also creatures of detail. Each morning they sat in a circle and interestingly enough, always in the same place. One friend remarked, “They do that because they have a feeling of where they belong.” In four short days, we became family. Sharp minds and eager to learn, one amazing little guy looked at me and said with a quizzical expression, “You look familiar!”
We both told stories to capture their imagination. Don was assigned the “story” for the third day. This story was about them: They were on a field trip to a forest with their teacher and left the bus in excitement. After an hour, they realized they had gotten separated from their teacher. It was beginning to get dark, and still no teacher.
They huddled close together, then began to see a light in the distance. Soon they realized the light was from a fire….a forest fire! The fire burned closer and closer and they were trapped. Then a man they recognized as a Park Ranger bolted through the trees, saying, “I have been sent to save you!”
He led them to a small cave that would take them to safety. As the last child entered the cave, a great flaming tree fell on the Ranger and killed him.
They found their bus and teacher and went to their anxious families, who were praising God for their safety. As they told this story, they became convinced that the Ranger had been sent to rescue them….giving his life for theirs.
In the Ranger, they saw Jesus.
That is our goal, to teach them that they belong to God!”
~Don & Delia Hunt