Earlyn and Joan Baillou of New Rehoboth Ministries International held their Vacation Bible Camp from July 30 to August 3, and presented “The Story of Daniel.” This year’s Scripture text was Daniel 5:12.
Last year, the Biblical character of David had been selected; however, Ms. Baillou explained that she went before the Lord to ask what to share this time around, and she said Daniel was chosen.
“You know we just finished elections, and Daniel was a prophet, also a statesman, and he was a political seer,” she noted. “There’s so much for the children to know that you can be a Christian and be in government and represent Christ very well.”
She said it was important to emphasize to the children that whatever vocation they choose they can do it well by being a Christian and standing up for what they believe in just like Daniel did.
Throughout their Bible lessons, the children focused on words like kingdom, pride, sovereignty, dreams, visions, captivity, and interpretation as they discussed who Daniel was; the training and education of Daniel and his friends; the opposition faced by Daniel; the theme of the Book of Daniel; and finally the favour of God upon Daniel and his friends.
Guest speakers included Bertlyn Linden, who spoke about “An Excellent Spirit.” Ms. Linden returned later that afternoon to do a demonstration on bread baking. Elaine Martinborough from the Department of Housing spoke on the role of a Christian in Government. Also d’Shan Maycock of Friends of the Environment talked on the importance of taking care of the environment and using sustainable fishing practices. Ms. Baillou thanked Rev. Charles Carey and Leroy Thompson for assisting with the morning devotionals.
“We wanted to have a well-rounded camp, so that when they are older and look back at these areas that we touched on they would remember. They can use some of the things they’ve learned as they go along in life,” Ms. Baillou reasoned.
August 2 was one of their more fun days because the children visited Pop’s Animal Shelter and returned to the camp site to participate in “Wacky Olympics Day.”
“Today is also our ‘Wacky Olympics Day,’ and if you look out into the field you will see our balls, Frisbees, hoops and skip ropes,” she said. “So the kids were doing their Olympics – London has theirs, and Abaco has ours.”
Mr. Baillou also talked about Mrs. Nadine Been’s presentation that day on Daniel’s interpretation of King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream. She pointed at a statue that had a head made of gold representing Babylon, while the other parts of its body represented Medes, Persia, Greece and Rome.
Ms. Baillou thanked J.S. Johnson Insurance Company, BTC, members of the New Rehoboth ministry, and parents and children for their support of the camp.