Submitted by: Cynthia Euler
Seventy-three children and 38 volunteers became Galactic Starveyors as the Alpharetta, Ga., Church a conducted its annual Vacation Bible School (VBS), June 19-23, 2017.
Because of the generosity of Alpharetta’s members, this year’s program will be reproduced in Canaran, Haiti, for an orphanage operated by The Beehive International, Inc. Next month, members of the Alpharetta Church will travel to Haiti to help The Beehive with their community service programs and construction, and teach the same VBS program at the Mexny orphanage of 14 boys and girls.
Alpharetta has not only donated the needed supplies, but also raised $515 through a “rocket ship” coin collection craft. These funds will build three screened windows for Mexny’s children, and Alpharetta representatives will have the honor of putting them into place.
This is the second year Alpharetta has reached out to The Beehive International.
The director of international development for The Beehive, Jonathan Euler, states, “Alpharetta Church has been donating much needed medical supplies and funds to support the work we are doing in Haiti. My first mission trip was actually under the direction of their pastor, Rusty Williams, more than 10 years ago.”
Kelly Mosley, director of this year’s VBS program at Alpharetta, said, “To me, VBS is the ultimate evangelistic program. Statistics show that kids ages 5-12 are more likely to accept Jesus as their Savior than any other time in their life. I personally experienced this as a child who attended VBS with my cousins a few summers in a row. That’s all the Jesus I got for the whole year! I did not come to have a relationship with Jesus and accept him as my Savior until I was an adult, and I know without a doubt my time at VBS had a big part in my decision.”
Williams adds, “It is so gratifying to work with a church family that places so much value on kids having fun and learning about Jesus through our VBS program as well as Pathfinders and dynamic Sabbath School departments. The fact that the program can overflow all the way to Haiti is incredible!”
The Beehive International was founded in 2009. Their website says they have “blossomed into several unique ministries and services focused on improving the health and well-being of those with whom we come into contact,” (https://www.thebeehives.org/about-us/). In Haiti, The Beehive assists five orphanages, teaches agriculture principles, and employs nearly 100 full-time workers designing and building furniture.
Georgia-Cumberland | October 2017