By Jon Wilke
Nearly 4,000 people attended Vacation Bible School preview events this winter to prepare for "Amazing Wonders Aviation: Encountering God's Awesome Power."
Jerry Wooley, VBS specialist for LifeWay Christian Resources, described VBS previews as "great moments of bringing people together from all across the country" to build momentum for this summer's outreach.
"We host classes on crafts. We sing all the music. We teach high-tech and low-budget decorations and we look at the Bible content," Wooley said. "We do everything in VBS in a compact 24-hour period."
This year's VBS theme is drawn from Psalm 147:5: "Our Lord is great, vast in power; His understanding is infinite" (HCSB). The curriculum uses 1930s and 1940s aviation to help VBS participants encounter God and His power by exploring some of the world's greatest natural wonders.
VBS 2012 will immerse participants in daily worship before sending them on a make-believe journey from the Amazing Wonders Aviation airstrip to such wonders as the Grand Canyon in Arizona, Victoria Falls in Africa, the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, the Matterhorn in the Swiss Alps, the polar Northern Lights and Paricutin volcano in Mexico.
In addition to learning of God's power in nature, VBS participants will learn of His power over sin, death and life by exploring Bible stories with similar themes and lessons, with Wooley noting, "We want everyone who attends VBS to know the power of our awesome God."
Until next time...share the journey and enjoy the ride!