Last year, we started having a Bible-bowl type contest. The kids really liked it and took off with it. For about a month and a half they would study a Bible passage. Then the teams would come together for a day of serious competition. I mean it was serious.
But even so, they were all good sports. They would memorize scripture & answer questions about the passages they studied. Then they learned the books of the Bible. Then we introduced sword drills to them (racing to find scripture faster).
Then we decided to kick off summer with a Bible camp for them. We had a week long Bible camp with 4 different stations and we studied Romans 12 all week. 28 kids attended and were put onto 4 teams: red, blue, yellow & green.
Jacob & Corey led worship each morning before we got started.
It was amazing to be able to worship with these kids. They would sing loud and proud and it was great! Here is a taste of the worship time.
Lucie practiced sword drills with the kids. I helped them learn memory verses.
They didn’t need much help. They learned them by the second day!
For 2 days, Allan taught the kids basic fundamentals.
Who wrote the Bible, why and how we read it,
what it teaches us and some prophetic themes throughout.
This was a great opportunity to give some really good basic knowledge not just to the believers who came but also to the kids who are Muslim but don’t really know the difference between being Muslim and Christian.
The other two days, Sheri taught the kids how to study the Bible on their own.
They even applied what they learned and wrote questions for the competition!
Matt & Caryl went over Romans 12:1-8 with the kids each day.
They even talked separately to the girls & boys
about holiness, modesty & relationships.
Arba & Nicole went through Romans 12:9-21 with the kids.
On Friday, we had the competition they had all been studying for during the week. The kids had written the questions and you could tell they had been working hard all week. At the beginning of the week, some of the kids didn’t know Genesis was the first book in the Bible. By the end of the week, they were finding all the books of the Bible just as fast if not faster than some of the kids who had been practicing for previous competitions!
The kids had pretty much the whole chapter of Romans 12 memorized by the end of the week and I think they answered almost all of the questions right today! They blew me away!
After the competition, each team performed a skit. Each team was given part of Romans 12 to put together a skit to show what those verses looked like in real life today. They did an amazing job!
Then we let the kids share something they learned this week if they wanted. A couple shared some verses that they thought were hard to apply in life or how much they have learned. For many, it because a time of thanks for everyone who had been teaching and working with them this week. And I am so grateful for everyone who helped too! But most of all, I’m thankful for God who showed up in wonderful ways this week!
This week I saw kids who didn’t know each other become friends.
I saw kids meeting together on their own outside of camp to practice.
I saw kids growing together spiritually.
I saw kids growing in their relationship with God.
I saw kids applying scripture to their lives.
I saw kids having fun learning about God.
I saw kids excited to be learning about God.
I saw kids HAPPY!
I’m just so proud of them for how much they learned this week, how hard they worked and how much growth I saw in each of them! God was definitely with us and working among the children this week.
These kids [are] the church and even though they are “just kids” they are going to be movers and shakers in Albania. I know God has big plans for them. Bigger than I can even dream of. And I can’t wait to see how they will be used by God to shake things up in the Kenet!
After adding all the points they earned from games and contests throughout the week and the points from the final competition, there could only be one winner…but we still celebrated everyone’s accomplishments afterwards with a pizza party!
1st Place: Yellow Team
2nd Place: Blue Team
3rd Place: Green Team
4th Place: Red Team
All the kids (minus 1) after the competition today
After working so hard all week, I think we were all a little crazy!