The 2013 VBS hosted at Christ Compassion Orphanage was a great success. 300 children, youth, and adults gathered from various churches, most from Pastor Luc's and Pastor Maula's, and some from other churches in Gonaives. A team of 8 from Indiana and Ohio helped host the VBS, teaching the Bible Stories and Health and Hygiene lessons. That team included Paul Galbraith, Kelsey Fisk, Nicole Newell, Harrison Bottorff, and Joseph Trimmer from Brandywine Community Church, Katie McKeeman from Park Chapel Christian Church, and Joanna Peders and Rachel Shimrock from Friends Church: Willoughby Hills, Ohio.
All who attended the VBS were encouraged and challenged to pass on the knowledge gained from scripture and the health and hygiene lessons to their families and communities back home. Between lesson and worship times, everyone enjoyed playing, eating, and spending time together.
Before leaving, the team passed out some clothes and toys to the children at Christ Compassion Orphanage.
Paul Galbraith and Kelsey Fisk stayed in Haiti to work with Pastor Luc on some projects with the Jezi Dlo water purification systems and the children at Christ Compassion Orphanage.
A team led by Mick & Carla Ireton, Grace Gathering Church, Fort Wayne, IN, will travel to Gonaives August 10th-17th, to host a VBS at Gonaives Church. This VBS will focus on evangelism to children and families in the downtown area, plugging them into the Gonaives Church.