Learning About El Salvador at Vacation Bible School
It's summer in the US, and that means it's time for Vacation Bible School/Vacation Bible Camp!
This year, many Lutheran Churches in the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) have access to a free VBS/VBC curriculum from ELCA Word Hunger. The 2021 theme is River of Life and features stories about water access and conservation from around the world. On Day 2, the water story comes from El Salvador.
Our church is using the River of Life curriculum this year, as are many churches in the Greater Milwaukee Synod, which is a companion synod of the Salvadoran Lutheran Church. Did I mention that Milwaukee is also featured in this curriculum? Yup, it's going to be a fun and familiar year for us!
I noticed the Day 2 story does not include any photos from El Salvador. Fortunately, I have some great photos of the Río San Antonio, which is featured in the story. Our sister church pastor is also one of the community organizers for disaster mitigation near the river. With his help, I created a couple of resources which we can use as part of our Vacation Bible Camp. I also got a link to a cool video created by the communications ministry of the Salvadoran Lutheran Church, which shows kids enjoying a clean San Antonio River. Whether or not you or your church are using the River of Life curriculum, you may enjoy learning a little bit about the Río San Antonio, near Nejapa.
Any of these resources can be shared in a small group, on a big screen, or via whatever online delivery system you are using for your VBS/VBC. They should be useful for any age group.
River of Life Day 2 slide show: created with Google Slides - if you download it you may need to tweak the format a bit.
River of Life Day 2 Story Video: available via this YouTube link, but also imbedded here so you can watch it.