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Vacation Bible School and World Refugee Day

Children inspire me in very special ways.  I find they often feel the needs of others more deeply than adults, they see injustice in things we often overlook, and when inspired they can be amazingly generous in their desire to help others.  Over 800 children from the community came to participate in the Vacation Bible School activities at Fellowship Reformed Church in Hudsonville, MI, this week.  They played games, did arts and crafts and ate lots of cookies.  They also learned about some global refugee realities. 

As the children learned about the Bible, and the way it can guide us in our lives, they also heard that many refugees do not have a Bible of their own, due to the fact that they had to run away from their homes and leave most of their belongings behind.  They also do not have access to shopping malls, book stores, or Amazon to purchase them while living in isolated refugee camps and settlements. 

This inspired the children to raise money for bibles for refugees through the work of IAFR.  Together, over 4 days, the kids raised over $8,000 to buy 800+ Bibles.  This was far and away the largest amount of money raised in the history of the VBS program.  They have sent us a message in their generosity: that we can all come together to help those who walk the refugee highway, and let them know that they are not forgotten. 

Thank you so much to Fellowship and the VBS program!

-written by Jake Tornga

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