3 True Ways VBS Buddies Made a Powerful Impact

3 True Ways VBS Buddies Made a Powerful Impact
May 4, 2015 Jan Kershner

Ever wonder what happens to those adorable Bible Memory Buddies after you send them home with kids? Do they just end up on the floor of the van, next to a Happy Meal wrapper? Do kids really look at them again? Every year, parents and friends in ministry share incredible stories of where their Bible Memory Buddies have been and how they make a difference in lives. Here are three of those stories:

  • bible-memory-buddyBible Memory Buddies are conquering fear. A few weeks after Power Lab VBS, Alexa had to start second-grade at a new school. Her mind raced with worries. Would she make friends? Who would she sit with at lunch? What if the teacher didn’t like her? On that first day of school (and for the first few weeks), Alexa walked into school with Dewd—her Power Lab Bible Memory Buddy—clutched in her 7 year-old fist. Dewd comforted her with God’s Word: “I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me” (Psalm 23:4)

“Dewd was my daughter’s constant companion for those first few weeks of school. I’d hear her whispering the verse as she stepped bravely out of the car, heading into her new classroom.”

  • Bible Memory Buddies help share faithBible Memory Buddies are sharing faith. Charlie wore his collection of Weird Animal Buddies every day after Weird Animals VBS. His mom figured they were just a fun reminder of a great week with his friends at VBS. But one day Charlie took his Buddies off…to show his friend who lived down the street.

“There sat Charlie, head to head with this little girl who’d just lost her father. He read every one of those Bible verses to her…encouraging her that God loved her.”


  • Bible Memory Buddies are encouraging and motivating. A few years back, a friend in ministry shared a news story that featured the father of a child who’d come to their VBS. This man had been deployed to the Middle East, and was asked what he carries in his pockets. The soldier pulled out a small, worn elephant—Lug, from Serengeti Trek.

“This says, ‘Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.’ (Colossians 3:23) I always keep it with me.”

Bible Memory Buddies are making a difference, allowing kids to be encouraged, share their faith, and bring God’s light to those facing dark times.

Where have your Buddies been and what have they been doing? Let us know in the comment section below.

With more than 20 years as a children’s ministry editor at Group, Jan Kershner counts VBS and the Hands-On Bible as her favorite projects so far. Born and raised in Philly, she graduated from the University of Colorado and still sometimes longs for a “real” cheese steak.

1 Comment

  1. Macyn 9 years ago

    Wow such good stories!

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