Reaching the Nations Through VBS

It’s summertime, which means Vacation Bible School time! This time of year is a hot mess of decorating, planning, recruiting volunteers, and passing out flyers as many churches prepare to welcome a small army of little people and engage them with the gospel for a week. If you’re a part of VBS, you know it is exciting and exhausting. It is also an evangelistic effort with kingdom implications.

Our church is nestled in the heart of the Hispanic community in Oklahoma City. Every year, we have a unique opportunity to interact with another culture through VBS. Many children from the Hispanic families in the neighborhood surrounding the church attend our VBS, and it affords us an avenue for connecting with these families. Many of these families would probably not cross the threshold of our church doors otherwise.

As a result, when we connect with the children of these families through our VBS, we can begin to minister to the whole family. Our church now offers ESL classes, and a Hispanic congregation is beginning to form. The parents of the children who attended VBS can find a place to belong and to encounter the Living God. These ministry efforts have resulted from the connections initiated at VBS.

You may see VBS as a blessing or a burden. For some, it can be just another ministry to do or just another programming event. However, through Vacation Bible School, entire families are reached with the gospel of Jesus Christ. One child who hears the gospel at VBS is all it takes to connect with a family.

How is your church reaching the nations through VBS? Are you involved in VBS?



Rachel Forrest is a 30-something working mom of two. When she’s not chasing her toddlers, you can find her nose stuck in a book. She also writes about the “coffee stains and growing pains” of motherhood at






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