Comanche Chapel hosted Vacation Bible School 2019, June 3–June 7, with more than 270 preschool through 6th grade children, and more than 110 volunteers.
VBS had children divided into five flows — preschool, kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade, 3rd and 4th grade, and 5th and 6th grade.
Stacey Wilson, religious education coordinator and pastoral coordinator, said that the mission of VBS was to teach children about god. The lessons and activities during VBS were all interactive.
“If you plant a seed at a young age, it stays with you, it sprouts up, even more when you get older, then you share with others, and then others are interested and waiting to learn, ‘who is this Jesus person? I want to learn about him’,” Wilson said. “So if we train children young, it becomes a seed planted in them and that stays with them throughout their life….”
All Comanche Chapel staff members and volunteers embraced the theme of “safari wildlife” by wearing bright yellow T-shirts with the words “Roar! Life is wild. God is good.”
Spc. Delante Harris, a garrison chaplain’s assistant, volunteered to be a key leader for 1st and 2nd grade during the week. Harris said that he looks forward to volunteering for VBS every year.
“It gives me the opportunity to just have an impact on the youth, the younger generation,” Harris said.
Harris said that he grew up attending church with his grandmother, but after she passed away he stopped attending, and soon found himself surrounded by the wrong people. Harris said that he realized that he needed to set an example for his two younger siblings and started attending church again.
“Just to show them that there are male role moles in our Family that can actually do things, that can make a difference…,” Harris said.
Harris said that religious services are important to have available for Soldiers, as well as their children. Harris said that he attends services on post regularly.
“A lot of Soldiers when they go down range and get deployed, they have to kind of struggle to find that faith, or get somebody to hear them out,” Harris said. “When you have somebody on post it’s literally right here, it’s excisable, it’s convenient for them, especially for veterans and people who’ve been to combat, have PTSD…,” Harris said.
For more information about religious services, or events follow the Fort Hood Chaplain’s Office at www.facebook.com/FortHoodChaplain/.