It’s a beautiful thing when a pastor sees an answer to prayer, especially if the answer comes in an unexpected way.
Pastor Matt Meservy watched as kids and families from surrounding Lynchburg neighborhoods entered the building to attend Beulah Baptist Church’s Vacation Bible School.
Many of the neighborhoods surrounding the church include families with an Indian background, who are rarely receptive to church invitations. To see children from some of those families come to VBS was a miraculous blessing. Total VBS attendance increased to four times that of the previous year.
Pastor Meservy serves as the director of children and families at Beulah. For the successful outreach to those families, he credits campers from Fuge Camp.
“Seeing these families and their kids at VBS was amazing,” says Meservy. “And the students from Fuge Camp played a big part in that. Without their service, I don’t know if we would have accomplished that.”
Two weeks of Fuge Camp brought hundreds of campers to Liberty University through a partnership between SBCV NextGen Ministry and LifeWay.
Summer camp for high schoolers and VBS for children are two vital but usually unrelated church ministries. In this case, however, connecting the two bore much fruit.
Some church groups at Fuge Camp chose the missions option (MFuge), which included participating in projects to help local SBCV churches. Beulah received two groups for each week (four groups total). Some groups invited children to a playground, where they led a backyard Bible club. One group worked inside the church building, helping decorate for VBS.
Meservy was amazed at the willingness and dedication of the students and interns. “We wanted [them] to help us with inviting neighborhood kids to the backyard Bible club, and the students very much exceeded my expectations.”
God used the backyard Bible club to draw families to VBS. Many of the families who attended the club ended up attending VBS too.
“Our church family is even more excited [now] about Children’s Ministry,” says Meservy. “The church really received a breath of fresh air because of the work of Fuge Camp students this summer.”
Pastor Meservy encourages other churches to take advantage of SBCV resources and opportunities. “Your reach as a church will grow if you utilize the SBCV,” he says. “And to me, it’s just a no-brainer to utilize good help when it is offered to you. Churches can do a lot more using one another, which is the goal of the SBCV.”
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