One of the driving forces that motivates us at Concordia Supply is our heart for missions!
Our business is naturally involved with the local churches and the mission field of the US. But we also have a passion for ministries and people around the globe. As a result, we heed the call to use our resources and connections to further Christ's kingdom through global missions. Each ministry we support has personally impacted someone on our staff.
Below is a list of the countries and ministries that we support.
Concordia Supply supports several organizations and individual families in Bucharest, Romania and sponsored several outreach teams of employees, students, and friends. Vacation Bible School
is a the highlight of these trips which is often the first time many have heard the Gospel message.
Ana Si Copii is an organization that does a variety of activities for children in Bucharest. They also have an after school program for local kids from Bucharest. Mihaela runs the organization and Concordia Supply has been working with her in Romania for many years doing outreach with vulnerable children and families.
Refuge - Costin & Family
Costi is a full-time missionary serving vulnerable children in the city of Bucharest. He is a Romanian national and now also a U.S. citizen. Costi worked in our warehouse during his time the U.S.
Empowering Lives International
Empowering Lives International (ELI) equips the poor so that they can live sustainable lives that honor God. Impacting lives in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and Sudan. ELI operates two children's homes, runs a agricultural training program and Anti-Alcohol ministry, and integrates spiritual and leadership training. They truly are "empowering lives." Some of our staff have gone on several short-term mission trips and we continue to support and build relationships with our brothers and sisters there.
Change 4 Life » VBS MISSION PROJECT
Each year we support a ELI through a VBS mission project that can be integrated with any VBS program.
Joy Springs School & Church (Nairobi)
A church & school in the Kibera slum of Nairobi that is reaching out and touching the lives of over 400 children. Charles and Rose are an inspiration with their dedication to the ministry efforts in the slums. Concordia Supply has help with various children programs and equipment needs over the past few years.
A children's home for young girls in Nairobi Kenya.
- Andrew Belko
A former employee of Concordia Supply now serving full-time with Empowering Lives International in Tanzania.
Read his blog
Calvary International Development Ministries
We support and pray for Dave & Darlys Bird serving in Haiti. This ministry is empowering the youth of Haiti through spiritual development, education, and practical job skills so they can make a impact in the future of their country.
With all of the decorating you are doing for VBS, why not set up a small area to use as a VBS photo booth? Social media savvy parents and kids love taking photos on their phones making a photo booth a great way to interact with families before and after Vacation Bible School. Plus, we’ve thought through the details and done a bit of brainstorming for you already!
Standard has created awesome VBS themes for many years, including Deep Sea Discovery, which was a huge hit. The unfortunate news is that Standard will not be putting out a VBS theme in 2017.
This is a great opportunity to explore some new programs and get your church excited about all the great options in store for 2017. Our VBS experts have put together some recommendations, and we encourage you to take this opportunity to refresh your Children's Ministry and build excitement around these brand-new themes from tried-and-true publishers.
Standard VBS programs were based on a rotation format, but had the flexibility to be used in a classroom format also. To ease the transition, we've hand selected a few 2017 themes that you can use with whichever format you're most comfortable with.
What better way to kick off VBS planning and preparation with your team than with a themed meal? Eating together before the meeting allows time for your team to bond with each other and provides the energy needed to plan and prepare. Below are some fun ways to make your meal memorable and theme-focused.
The newest Weekend VBS from Group has us craving chocolate, marshmallows and graham crackers! Camp Out Weekend VBS 2017 is filled with s’mores, tents and campfires, all pointing toward Jesus, the Light of the World. Camp Out VBS is packed with Bible lessons and fun activities for kids. From learning about Jesus, to playing wilderness games, kids will have a blast during their adventure.
Camp Out has five twenty-minute rotations -- music, Bible exploration, wilderness games, Projects-With-a-Purpose and closing campfire. As students visit each station, they will be reminded that Jesus is the Light. During Projects-With-a-Purpose students make special gifts for others in the community or church; these projects allow them to apply what they are learning and to be a light for Jesus to the people around them. Camp Out also includes a twenty-minute Sunday Celebration. This time allows your entire church family to be involved in VBS, as well as providing a great opportunity to invite children and their families to your Sunday service.
Begin preparing for you summer Camp Out VBS 2017 by pre-ordering a Starter Kit and exploring custom t-shirt designs for your campers. Also, be sure to check out all of the craft and snack ideas we have on Pinterest for Camp Out!