By: Orley M. Fajilan
Jesus said, “Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not for of such is the kingdom of God.” Mark 10:14
The arrival of summer vacation is a wonderful opportunity for different kinds of evangelistic outreach including VBS as a tool for evangelism among children. Thus, Central Tablas 2 district under Romblon Adventist Mission conducted a Vacation Bible School (VBS) in the two areas of Brgy. Mabini, San Andres, Tablas Island. The first VBS was held on May 1–7, 2016 and the second was on May 21–27, 2016 wherein, there were more than 450 children who received their certificates of attendance and participation respectively.
Before the said VBS was materialized, seeing this evangelistic opportunity among children, Central Tablas 2 district crafted a plan before the summer vacation to conduct an evangelistic effort in Brgy. Mabini, which was then an un-entered area.
On May 21–27, 2016, a simultaneous evangelistic meeting and the second VBS were done. The district leader, Jesse Antonio preached and presented doctrinal topics at night while on daytime, Sisters Gemma Ferriol, Judith Antonio, and some other active young people gathered the children together. They taught them songs, and told them biblical stories and character building lessons. Parents portrayed their eagerness to have their children joined the program by bringing and/or sending them every day to the VBS to be taught.
During the culmination, the Children’s Ministries director of Romblon Adventist Mission, Mrs. Marilou A. Fajilan spoke on the importance of early childhood training by quoting Proverbs 22:6 which says, “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
Moreover, one of the mothers of the participants said that it’s a fruitful summer for their children that instead of playing and wandering around, their children learned valuable lessons and experiences which they can carry with them as they grow especially Bible truths that will set them apart from the kind of society now— a society that is so materialistic and secular.
Furthermore, the Children’s Department provided materials and even training for young people who engaged in this kind of church activity/event. They can be valuable instruments in reaching more people and at the same time preparing them for the second coming of Jesus Christ.
Orley M. Fajilan is serving God as the president and the communication director of Romblon Adventist Mission (RAM).