VBS reaches Spanish-speaking childrencomment (0)
August 15, 2013
By Neisha Fuson
Not only did a Vacation Bible School (VBS) in Foley teach 40 Spanish-speaking children the message of Jesus, it also reached more than 100 people in the community with the gospel during its VBS Family Night.
It was all part of Pastor Annel Robayna’s vision for Iglesia Cristiana Dulce Refugio, a church he planted in 2012 that currently meets in the building of First Baptist Church, Foley. Instead of just reaching children through the VBS, Robayna sought to reach new families in the Hispanic community around Foley, and beyond, with the gospel.
All this happened at Friendship Baptist Church, Bon Secour, which made its Family Life Center available for the VBS, held July 15–18. A team of 29 adults and youth from two other Hispanic churches in the state led the VBS, and two people on the team accepted Christ and were baptized July 18.
According to Randy Johnson, pastor of Friendship Baptist, Robayna’s church interacted with enough new families during the VBS that Robayna has hopes to expand the ministry and begin meeting in Friendship Baptist’s Family Life Center on Sundays at 3 p.m. for worship.
The church hopes eventually to include English as a Second Language classes and Bible studies, Johnson said.
Rick Ellison, director of missions for Baldwin Baptist Association, said the work Robayna is doing is “important because of the numerous Spanish-speaking people in our county who need to be reached for Christ.”