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Summer plans that make a difference

Emily Towns
May 21, 2018

For many of us, summer means a well-deserved break from school, from structured schedules, and from colder temperatures. With holidays like the Fourth of July, it is a season of celebration, anticipation, and cookouts.

As a child, some of my favorite memories come from the summer. The days were filled with long, uninterrupted hours of fun, road trips with my family, and of course, Vacation Bible School.

Summer is supposed to be a time of fun and relaxation. But for children living in India’s slums, this summer will be just another season of poverty and darkness, with no hope in sight. 

These kids have no idea that a Savior loved them enough to come to earth and die on their behalf.

But you can help change that for one child by sending him to Vacation Bible School.

 A summer of hope

Children who attend the three-day VBS program in India will learn about Jesus through fun songs and stories. They will enjoy food, games, and crafts while hearing a message that will change their lives forever … the message that God loves them.

Pastor Amit, whose name we’ve changed to protect his ministry, helped lead last year’s Vacation Bible School in northern India. Many children came and heard about Jesus for the first time. But what thrilled Pastor Amit the most was what happened next.

“Many children came to VBS and shared the Gospel to their parents,” Pastor Amit said. “A 10-year-old girl named Naro shared the Gospel after going back home. As a result, her mother started coming to the church every Sunday regularly.”

Each child leaves VBS with a special Bible workbook, allowing him to return home and share the hope of Jesus with friends and family.

When people encounter the Gospel for the first time, they cannot help but want to know more. That means when you send a child to Vacation Bible School, you make an impact that will be far greater than you can imagine.

 Here’s where you come in

Right now, there are many children in India waiting to experience hope and love this summer. You can provide that hope and love, right now, for not just one … but four children!

For $20 — less than the cost of two tickets to a summer blockbuster — you can send four children to Vacation Bible School.

One of the first songs I learned as a kid in VBS was “This Little Light of Mine,” a song you probably know well.

This little light of mine,

I’m gonna let it shine.

This little light of mine,

I’m gonna let it shine.

This little light of mine,

I’m gonna let it shine, let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.

By sending these children to Vacation Bible School, you will help shine the light of Jesus in some of India’s darkest communities. You can be the hands and feet of Jesus — right from your own home!

This summer, choose to make a difference by helping share the Good News with children living in one of the world’s poorest and least-reached countries.

The Bible promises that God’s Word never returns void. By sending children to VBS, you will change the life of a child and help reach the nation of India for Christ.


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