Vacation Bible School encourages children to love their neighbor

By Danielle Davis, Bayonet & Saber /

“This week, we’ve been teaching them about Jesus’ love and how to love others,” explained Erika Kitson, a volunteer at Fort Benning’s Vacation Bible School.

The annual event took place July 25-29, and this year’s theme was “Cave Quest: Following Jesus, the Light of the World.”

During day four of VBS, Kitson led the students in a game designed to show them the importance of loving their neighbor. Each group was asked to imagine that the cotton balls they attached to the duct tape around their crew leader’s waist were stones that would help rebuild a fallen wall of the crew leader’s home.

“I’m really enjoying myself. I’m 65 years old and being here with these children and teaching them about Jesus renews my youth,” said Commie Thornton, a VBS volunteer, during the game.

It was a really fun way to learn how to help others, said William Hudson, a VBS student.

“I’ve had a lot of fun this week and I’ve learned that Jesus is always there to protect me,” added Madison Hazely, another VBS student.

During day four of Fort Benning’s Vacation Bible School, volunteers Anthony Randall, left, and Mark Winton discuss the importance of forgiving others when they make a mistake. (Photo by Danielle Davis)

During day four of Fort Benning’s Vacation Bible School, volunteers Anthony Randall, left, and Mark Winton discuss the importance of forgiving others when they make a mistake.

While participating in the Imagination Station segment of VBS, students rushed to hug Mark Winton, a volunteer, while he and Anthony Randall, another volunteer, discussed the lesson of the day.

The kids came to Vacation Bible School this year talking about last year’s theme. And now they go home saying, “follow him,” which is part of this year’s theme, said Winton.

“It shows that the message sticks. It resonates with these children. You can see the love of Jesus Christ in their hearts,” he added.

Sarah Beaman, co-director of VBS, was responsible for coordinating the Deep Bible Quest segment of the day.

“During Deep Bible Quest, we go over different stories from the Bible with the children,” said Emma Kramer, a VBS volunteer, who assisted her.

“Being a military child can be hard sometimes with all the changes and parents being gone sometimes. I wanted these children to walk away from Vacation Bible School knowing that Jesus’ love is a constant no matter what,” added Beaman.

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