Wednesday, August 7, 2013

VBS 2013 - Athens: Paul's Dangerous Journey to Share the Truth

Every summer, I look foward to one thing, Vacation Bible Study (VBS) program. This year was not an execption!

This year, we went to Athens, Greece where the children learnt about "Paul's Dangerous Journey to Share the Truth in The Holy Land Adventure! In an ancient culture of where "anything goes", Paul's story inspired the children to share the truth of God's immeasurable love!

During the event, my name was "Aunty Dotty" which means "God's Gift". I was privileged to be both the Celebration Leader and the Operation Kid-to-kid (OK2K) Coordinator. I enjoyed every bit of the experience.

The experience included the Oikos, which means family or household in Greek, where the children were put in different groups with Oikos leaders and assistances. There were 12 Oikos groups.

The program lasted for five days. Each day started with Celebration Time, where everyone learnt catchy christian songs and dance steps and learnt the theme and memory verse of the day.
Celebration Time: Happy Day
Celebration Time: We Will Live Forever
After that, the chidren and their leaders gathered at their 'tents' for Oikos Time, where they learnt about Paul's journey in Athens. Next was Visiting Athens where they visited Bible-times Marketplace which included Olympic shop, Music shop, Pottery Studio, Geometry shop, Scribe shop, Toy makingshop, Food market and Operation Kid-2-Kid Mission place. It also included Paul's Adventure, where each oiko visited Paul to hear his adventures in spreading God's word. Then, the children's playground was the Arena Games, where they played various Greek games. After the markeplace, they went back to do another oikos time to discuss what they learnt for the day. The day ended with another celebration time and announcements.
Celebration Time: Day 1

Celebration Time: Day 2

Oikos Time
Music Shop
Toy Making Shop

Geometry Shop

Olympic Shop

Scribe Shop
Food Market

Visit to Paul's House

Market Place

Arena Games

One of my favorite parts of VBS is Operation Kid-to-Kid (OK2K). It is an meaningful service project that enables children to reach out to other children in their community by sharing God's love. This year our theme was "Let Kids Know They're Loved". We visited the Juvenile Welfare Centre (JWC), an arm of the Nigerian Police established strictly to dealing with cases of child abuse, trafficking, street and lost children. The VBS children donated food stuffs, clothings and shared a small booklet titled "God's Love for You". It was a heart warming experience.
VBS Kids preparing their Ok2k gifts
Aunty Dotty with the small booklet titled "God's Love for You" for the JWC kids

VBS Kids communicating with the JWC kids

VBS Kids communicating with the JWC kids

With the JWC Kids, VBS Crew & our donations
2014, next year, we're going to experience Moses and the Isrealites journey in the widerness: "Wilderness Escape: Where God Guides & Provides". Am already gearing up for it!

As always, I am humbled and excited to have been part of this program.  Enjoy some more photos of the program:

VBS Coordinator, Mrs. Chinyere Almona
Aunty Dotty & Uncle 'Paul'
An Athenian with his work

An Athenian showing off her work

Greek Foooood!!!

Oikos Leader with his kids

Aunty Dotty & her Athenians

Athenian Team

Athenian Crew

Aunty Dotty & her kids

Aunty Dotty & her Athenian

Athenian adults during celebration time

Aunty Dotty & her mini crew 

Oprah's Kinky Blow Out!

Loving Oprah's Magazine September 2013 cover! Seeeeee blow out! Loving it!!!!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Aevin Dugas: "World's Largest Afro" Holder

Meet AEVIN DUGAS, the Guinness World Record Holder for the ‘World’s Largest Afro’.
This year makes it 13 years since she started growing her afro.
Mehn, that would take me another 12 years to grow just a year and a half!!!

Click and read her interview on Urban Bush

Am inspired!!!!