By Raul Tadeo
Crown Hill, Chestnut Ridge, Salem of Wooster, Orrville and Martins Mennonite churches, all located in Wayne County, have been cooperating on special programs for more than a year now. These churches are moving forward in their evangelistic programs by working together and supporting one another in various projects.
This year the five congregations united to have a large Vacation Bible School program, and Oak Grove Mennonite Church in Smithville joined in as well. Other churches that wished to send their children were welcome. Gifted persons from the participating churches volunteered to help in the VBS program as leaders, teachers, teachers’ helpers, etc. How else would they have gotten 98 children registered and taught?
VBS was held at the Orrville Mennonite Church. Much planning had gone on ahead of the VBS program. The topic took the children to Thailand to learn about the country and the mission program there.
Children learned about the Thai culture and their food. They were given samples of foods and had cross-cultural activities. Children were given the opportunity to give offerings for that mission field. The band that led the group singing was excellent and kept the children singing, moving and jumping.
When you bring together the gifts and talents of persons of six churches you can expect to get amazing results, as was seen in the united effort of six churches working together.