VBS in Bonaparte

Allison Engel is one of the summer staff for Mobile United Methodist Missionaries (MUMM), which serves mostly rural communities in the Southeast, Southwest and South Central Districts of the United Methodist Church in Iowa.

Vacation Bible School is the focus of Allison’s work. She brings her skills as a teacher to ministry with children each summer to help local churches reach out beyond the members of their congregations to share God’s love with their communities.
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In June, for example, she was in the village of Bonaparte in Van Buren County. She was casting a Bible story skit and asked one boy, “Would you be Jesus for me?” The nine-year-old youngster replied, “Of course. It would be an honor to be Jesus this morning.” In a child’s simple answer was a profound statement about the impact that faith has on our lives and those we reach as servants of God.

Allison reflected on the moment in her blog. “Rarely do (the children) use those words, but the request is real and you can see it in their eyes. May I always respond as gracefully as this little boy did.”

Apportionment gifts of $45,000 in 2017 from the United Methodist churches of Iowa will help MUMM continue their work in the coming year.

One thought on “VBS in Bonaparte

  1. Lowell Halfhill October 6, 2016 / 7:09 pm

    I too have had a memorable experience in Bonaparte. My great grand parents are buried in an abandoned cemetery near Bonaparte. My Dad took me there 35 years ago. I wanted to go there so I could take my kids and grand kids to show them some time in the future. I couldn’t remember where it was so I went to City Hall in Bonaparte. They made some phone calls and found out where it was. A lady in the office told me she would go home and change shoes then I could follow her out to the cemetery. We got to the cemetery and parked our cars along the road. A sixteen year old girl came out from her home and asked if she could help us…did we have car trouble? I told her were looking for the cemetery where my grandparents were buried. She said she knew right where it was…she’d go in and change her shoes and lead us out there. After a quarter mile walk in the weeds she climbed right over the cemetery fence and we proceeded to look for grave stones. After some searching we found them. On the way back to the road she commented that if I wanted to bring my kids and grand kids out to the cemetery, I should call City Hall and have them call her and she would use her weed eater to clean things up so we wouldn’t have to walk through the weeds to find their graves. I don’t know many 16 year old girls that would do that. I think it is a case of Southern Iowa nice.

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