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Road-tripping with the Bible

Vacation Bible School students can now expand their horizon of learning through road trips — minus cramped backseats — and the nagging question: Are we there yet?
“It’s just a fun way to connect to different areas, along with the Bible and life learning,” said Pastor David Walker Jr. of Faith Baptist Church in Iron Station.
Faith Baptist will use “Road Trip Across the U.S.” for this summer’s Vacation Bible School (VBS) theme. Students will learn about both the United States and the Bible without leaving Lincoln County.
“The first route will take them to Washington, D.C.,” Walker said. “It connects like a bible story.”
“Destination Belief will take them to Yellowstone National Park and Destination Obedience to Knot’s Berry Farm in California,” he said.
Those who attend will take part in a Souvenir shop and tune-up station, all relating to the road trip theme.
“They’ll sing songs and do crafts and indoor recreation,” Walker said.
Children will also enjoy camp-related refreshments and activities.
“They’ll probably have hamburgers and hot dog-type food. A lot of diner food,” Walker said.
Walker came up with the road-trip idea through curriculum.
“It’s a Southern Baptist theme,” he said. “A lot of Southern Baptist churches will be doing it.”
Walker has many hopes for this year’s VBS.
Free and open to all, children one through 12 are invited to join classes from Sunday, June 12 through Thursday, June 16.
Adults can also participate in the Ramblin’ Road-Trip Bible Study.
“They’ll do crafts and study and activities that go along with the theme,” Walker said.
Walker believes a road trip across the United States can be beneficial for the students.
“It’s really just giving them experience to think of different places and will open their eyes to the different areas” he said.
Students of VBS will chart a course across the U.S. in addition to a course with God.
“It gives them a connection, knowing about an area,” he said, “making it fun along with bible school lesson.”
Last year Faith Baptist’s VBS followed a Japanese theme.
“Last year was with Japan and the Japanese way of life,” Walker said. “Another was Amazon outfitters.”
Walker hopes this year’s VBS guests will get something out of their journey.
“I want them to walk closer with Jesus,” he said. “I want them to make decisions that will help their lives.”
Each evening, the “diner” will open at 5:45 p.m. for a meal; classes will follow at 6:30 p.m.
“We average around 100 guests each year because the kids come back because they enjoy it,” Walker said.
by Maribeth Kiser

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