Hermiston Children Enjoy Bethlehem Village
The Hermiston (Ore.) Vacation Bible School this year, Bethlehem Village, was a huge success. With average attendance of nearly 100, the adult and teen staff kept busy. Nightly skits with actors dressed in costume, lively music, fun crafts, games, tribe time for the Bible lesson, a local barnyard, and pony rides were enjoyed by young and old. Healthy snacks were served by Roman guards who carefully checked their baskets to make sure young villagers didn't take more than one.
Bethlehem Village was a joint effort between local area Adventist churches. The set was created by members and painted by the Cano family as well as Neil Meitzler, artist, from Walla Walla, who, sadly, has since died. More than 50 members gave of their time and means, buying, planning, sewing, teaching, playing, praying and advertising this yearly summer evangelism. The majority of the children came from the community.
Hermiston members look forward to using the same set during the Christmas season for their Journey to Bethlehem. Last Christmas the walk-through nativity was enjoyed by more than 800 visitors.