Service & Missions
Service & Missions featuring
From the work of Beth Guckenberger and Back2Back Ministries, compelling, kid-friendly mission story videos will show kids in your Opening & Closing time how God’s love helps everyone reach for better tomorrows. Kids and adults will meet Ronaldo, a young man in Haiti with big dreams and find out how God worked through his story.
Then, in the Service & Missions site, kids will be challenged to think about the needs of people, like those living in Haiti, who have suffered through natural disasters or other struggles and who need to know the love of Christ. Through the Back2Back videos and online resources or through the efforts of a church’s own missionary, kids will be encouraged throughout VBS to share the message of God’s love through practical service projects. And whole churches will be excited to get involved in raising funds and awareness to help meet the spiritual, emotional, and physical needs of kids living in difficult situations all around the world.
“Our hope with this curriculum is to resource churches to help open kids’ eyes to the needs in their community and around the world. I believe we have the opportunity to invest in this next generation, to show them how God sees the lost and the fatherless, and understand how He wants to use them,” says Back2Back Co-Executive Director, Beth Guckenberger. “We believe that by inspiring kids through true stories, they will begin to understand they can make a personal contribution to caring for orphans around the world.”
Beth Guckenberger is co-executive director of Back2Back Ministries, a nonprofit Christian organization dedicated to providing “care for today, hope for tomorrow” to orphaned and impoverished children around the world. Their holistic plan is designed to meet each child’s needs so that they might overcome their life circumstances and break free from the cycle of generational poverty. Find out how to get involved at www.back2back.org.
Beth is full of stories—powerful stories of God’s work in people’s lives that will inspire your kids (and grown-ups too!) to get involved in missions. Some of these stories have been recorded in the Storyweaver series: Tales of the Not Forgotten (2012), Tales of the Defended Ones (2013), Tales of the Ones Led Out (2014), and Tales of the Ones He Won’t Let Go (December 2014). Help your kids connect their lives with the stories of children around the world!
At Back2Back Ministries, we work with orphan care providers to help bring “care for today and hope for tomorrow” to children all over the world.
Sometimes there are big projects, but a lot of times we show God’s love through simple service like braiding hair or playing games. It’s important to us that, no matter how big or small they are, or how much money they have, or where they live—no matter what—that kids understand God’s always loved them, and has a plan for them. And He wants them to love others too.
And no matter who you are, you can make a difference by doing service too—service with a lasting purpose!
You can make a real difference in the lives of the kids in your neighborhood and across the world just by showing kids God’s love at VBS. It’s so important and so easy—just raise your hand and say “Pick me!”