Last year, pirates took over the church in Korce for VBS week. This year, our program looked a little different and the pirates traveled beyond the church. Kisha Ungjillore e Korce partnered with the local government and World Vision to host our pirate adventure at the outdoor sports complex in town.
Being outdoors allowed for ample space for the eight stations that we had. The groups of kids rotated between sports, water games, olympics, dancing, awana games, bounce houses, and team challenges. Each day the kids were taught a new Proverb and the station leaders would talk about it during each rotation.
There were seventy-five volunteers and over five hundred children each day from Korce and the surrounding villages. In addition to pirate attire and team headbands, the kids wore face masks. We encouraged social distancing and required fever checks and disinfectant upon entry into the complex.
It was encouraging to us that the government allowed us to teach the Bible to such a big number of kids on government-owned property. It is our hope to do something like this again next year. With more promotion and more volunteers it is our goal to reach 1,000 kids.