On October 14, the patio area on our upper campus was alive with festivities. Ventura Missionary School was hosting its annual Missions Day event. It was a morning filled with smiles and fun, but it was also a time for students and families to learn about what those missionaries do to impact our world for Christ.
Each class at our school has adopted one of our VMC missionaries or outreach ministries. The classes learn about, communicate with and find other ways to encourage the missionary or ministry they adopt. During September and October our students focus on aspects of what it is like to be a missionary, and even start praying about the possibility of becoming missionaries themselves. The school chapels highlight missionaries as well.
For Missions Day, each class comes up with a creative way to raise money to help support their ministry or missionary. Parents, staff and others play a tremendous part in the success of the event, planning and preparing in advance, setting things up, manning the booths and encouraging participation. This year there were some great games and activities, and some fabulous food, including homemade goodies, burritos, popcorn, cotton candy and more. Students were able to participate in the activities, win prizes and purchase food. They also visited the various booths to look at the boards that highlighted the missionaries, where they serve and what they do. One class even "FaceTimed" with their missionary!
Missions Day is a tremendous blessing to our Missions and Outreach program. This year a total of $3,797 was raised! You, too, can adopt a missionary or get involved in a local outreach. Cards with details are on our Missions and Outreach wall in the inner lobby. To give to the missionaries and outreach ministries that receive a fixed support from VMC, note "Missions and Outreach" on your check, bill pay or online gift.