In response to the need to foster hope and healing among the kids of the Holy Land, the Association of Baptist Churches organizes a series of vacation Bible schools (VBS) throughout the months of July and August. Ten churches in ten towns host a weeklong VBS for a total of 1,000 kids, ages 5 to 12. Twenty-five adult volunteers (both local and international) are the camp councilors who share the love of Christ with campers throughout the week.

Many of the churches that run these camps do not have sufficient facilities or equipment to host 100 children. Oftentimes, a large church from abroad will partner with us in running these camps by providing subsidy and sending several volunteers to work alongside the local volunteers. Every summer, these VBS’s provide the kids with much needed encouragement and are moved by the Word of God. They build strong friendships with their peers and mentors over the course of the week that will help sustain them as they go forth from there. By hosting VBS locally and utilizing church members as leaders and supporters, participants and their families attend worship and continue in their relationship with the congregation and with Jesus Christ.

Children gathered at a regional sunday school program