Tuesday, August 7, 2012

DEAF VBS 2012 "Put on the Armor of God"

11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can fight against the devil's evil tricks.14 So stand strong, with the belt of truth tied around your waist and the protection of right living on your chest.15 On your feet wear the Good News of peace to help you stand strong.16 And also use the shield of faith with which you can stop all the burning arrows of the Evil One.17 Accept God's salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:11, 14-17
We had Deaf VBS at my house July 30 - August 3 and used this Armor of God theme.  The children memorized these verses, made crafts, played lots of games, ate lunch and went swimming in the afternoon.  The week was fun and full of smiles. 

The "belt of Truth"
Jaheed and Raheem modeling the "Breastplate" which was our VBS T-shirt.
The shield of Faith
The helmet of "right living".

This was a fun Bible memory game.  One of the verses was cut up into small phrases.  Each phrase was put inside a balloon and then the balloon was blown up. The teams had to pop all of their balloons by sitting on them and then gather allt he phrases and glue them together in the right order without looking at the model.
Here's another Bible memory aid for the shoes of the Gospel of Peace.

Mid-morning we took a break, had popsicles, (called "paletas") and then played games in the building adjacent to my house.

This game was a race to see who could chew their bubble gum and make a bubble first.

Water balloon volleyball....catch the balloon in a towel with a partner and send it back to the other side of the line.
We were blessed with 5 sunny days.  It rained the entire week before VBS and the week after!  I had a movie as a back up plan but we never used it.  Everyday we swam at a different place.

One of the places we swam had a waterslide.
This is Jaheed swimming straight for the wall because in the beginning he did not know how to swim.
Here Jaheed is again on Day 4.  This pool is about 4 inches over his head when he is standing on his tippy-toes...He practiced and practiced until he had it figured out.  We were so proud of him.
While some of the kids cleaned up from lunch the rest watched the Olympics.  Swimming was on.  When Misael and Raheem got to the pool they had Olympic fever and tried to dive in and race with different strokes just like they had seen on TV.  They saw this picture and they said, "That's us doing the Olympics!"

Sulmi wants to learn to snorkel so she can go diving at the Coral Reef.
The kids were thrilled to find that one of the pools had a trampoline. It was the first time on a tramp for all of them.

1 comment:

  1. Hello Nancy, This sounds like it was an awesome week!! I am interested in making similar shields of faith for my VBS daycamp and am wondering what type of material you used to paint on? Thanks