Arizona Baptists Train Vacation Bible School Leaders in Mexico

In just one day, Arizona Southern Baptist Hispanic ministries leaders impacted churches throughout the Mexicali Valley in Mexico by presenting an upbeat, noisy, exciting VBS clinic.

Josue Castro, Arizona Southern Baptists’ Hispanic ministries facilitator, led his team of 11 from three Arizona Hispanic churches to Iglesia Bautista Fe y Esperanza in the small town of Ciudad Morelos, Mexico.

This was the second of three VBS clinics led by the team; other clinics were held in Phoenix and Yuma. Earlier in the year, more than half of the team attended a national LifeWay VBS Institute in Fort Worth, Texas.

The team arrived in Ciudad Morelos on April 13 with brightly-colored decorations, training materials and a contagious excitement.

The next day, 67 eager Mexicali Valley church leaders and their children gathered to experience the energetic music, learn to make fun crafts, taste theme-related snacks and enjoy Bible-based lessons that would change the lives of children in nine churches and have a significant impact on the leaders themselves.

“For instance, one church that held VBS after the training got an excellent result,” says Castro. “They taught 192 children, and 35 of them accepted Christ as their Savior.”

Castro recognizes the value of sending veteran VBS leaders on a mission to pass on their skills to developing leaders.

“Everyone trained in this clinic planned to be a leader and teacher of VBS in their church,” he says. “We consider that it is very important to learn and give tools to reach others, and VBS is an excellent activity and tool for evangelism.”

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Source: Baptist Press