Grace Baptist Church in Frankfort, Indiana, welcomed as a guest Chaplain John Murdoch to its Vacation Bible School on Tuesday, June 12. When the church discovered that Chaplain Murdoch lives in Kokomo, only 45 minutes away, they invited him to the event. Chaplain Murdoch was pleased to visit the church for the evening.
VBS offerings for the week were designated to helping Operation RescueZone. The funds will allow the Regular Baptist Chaplaincy Ministries to provide emergency supplies, Bibles, and storybooks for children in the U.S. and overseas. The Chaplaincy Ministries will also be able to buy phone cards that allow men and women on active duty in the military to talk with their families.
The Chaplaincy Ministries also provides bears for children. Each night during the opening, Pastor Kevin Alber talked about the chaplains and how they used the stuffed bears in their ministry. “We had a wall with bears being posted,” Kevin shared, “so the kids could see how many bears they had raised with their offering. With one night to go, we [had] already earned 23 bears (that is one bear for every three kids who came).”
Chaplain Murdoch shared with the kids in the opening how the bears were distributed. He then visited each classroom to speak for 10 to 15 minutes. The junior class thought it was cool that he had met President Bush; the four- and five-year-olds all wanted to hug him.
Along with Chaplain Murdoch, Grace Baptist also invited community rescue workers to visit. Sgt. Robert Lucas came from the Indiana National Guard. Ed Cripe and Jeff Wellman visited from Fire Engine 1 in Frankfort. Ambulance drivers Aaron Harper and Brad Pickard, along with Wes Hickson from the Frankfort Police Department, stopped in. Pastor Kevin Alber said, “It was wonderful that we were able to recognize and interact with heroes from our community.”