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Kids go on safari of a lifetime


Jamie Stewart | The Shafter Press

Jackson Mozingo with the lanyard that he created.

Westside Family Fellowship invited the children of Shafter and Wasco to unite in the search for God's love on the safari of a lifetime. ROAR VBS takes the children into the jungles around the world, meeting colorful characters as they learn about the power of God's love every day. Director Olivia Miller said that there will be different lessons learned every day as they go on the hunt for that ferocious love of God.

Children from kindergarten through sixth grade went through different stations throughout the night, from the music session, arts and crafts, Bible time and game time.

On Monday night, the kids were creating their own lanyards with nametags attached to prepare for their adventure. The ROAR Praise and Worship team led the kids in a variety of songs, along with choreography that adds a zing and twist to the music. At Bible Time Jungle, the kids learned a new Bible verse and were read a lesson for the day. The lesson on this day was "Even in hard times, God's love is faithful and good." Not matter what the kids go through or how tough the day seems, the kids learned that God is always there to help and guide them on their adventure.

Miller said that the VBS is a success year in and year out due to the wonderful staff of volunteers that they have. The volunteers work hard to make the week one to remember and one that will serve as seeds in the children that will grow into a strong faith as they go through school and time with their friends.

The event drew 65 kids on the first night. Miller said that each night is different, depending on the different activities going on in town on that night, such as baseball games, softball or church events. Miller said that they have a different theme for each evening, as well as giving out prizes for those kids who bring the most guests with them. The event drew a mix of ages that were broke up into groups and went through every station, until gathering all together at the end of the night for some music, games and a review of what they learned that night.

Jamie Stewart | Wasco Tribune

A group of kids were Saran-wrapped together in a crazy race that required teamwork.

On Friday night, June 21, they will have Family Night, when all of the attendees are invited to bring their families for a night of fun.

The kids had a blast and were looking forward to more fun to come. "I had a lot of fun and liked the music and games," said Aiden Ruelas.


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