Andy Anderson has been volunteering for Fort Bragg activities since 1980. A retired sergeant first class with the Corps Support Command, Anderson feels compelled to work with children.
“I look at it as being obedient to His (God) word to serve,” said Anderson, who joined other Vacation Bible School volunteers to teach youth about obedience and about being built for a purpose.
One such volunteer, Kellum Porter, 16, a Fort Bragg Family member, wants to be a music teacher when she grows up.
“I love kids,” said Porter, who is a rising senior at Pine Forest High School in Fayetteville.
She helped youth with an activity called Dress a Crab, June 19, at VBS, which took place through June 23 at Devers Elementary School. The shell of the crab reminds youth of God’s protection over their lives.
Another activity included an appearance by Isaac Newton to reiterate Psalm 139:14, which reads, “I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.”
Youth also made GUTSY bears. GUTSY stands for God’s unique talented special youth, said Sonya Tyma, a five-year volunteer with Fort Bragg’s Religious Support Office, the sponsor of the event.
“It’s exciting just to be able to pour God’s love into them,” Tyma said of working with youth.
Timothy McCraney, 8, also a Fort Bragg Family member, said it was fun to make GUTSY bear.
“It’s great and his name is Pookie and I’m glad we got to make it,” said Timothy, who attended VBS with his siblings; Samantha, 11, Abigail, 4 and Emma Grace, 2.
“This is an awesome opportunity to get to know Families who are here on post,” said Sarah McCraney, the children’s mother.
Additionally, “It gives kids an opportunity to be together and learn about Jesus and worship together,” she said.
VBS is an annual event, designed to build the resiliency of service members and their Families. This year’s theme was Maker Fun Factory: Created by God; Built for a Purpose.
For more information about VBS activities, call RSO at 396-1121.