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Combat Center families and Vacation Bible School volunteers sing during the Vacation Bible School at the Protestant Chapel aboard the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif. The Vacation Bible School is a weeklong event used to strengthen children’s faith.

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Combat Center children sing, pray during VBS

30 Jun 2016 | Lance Cpl. Levi Schultz Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms

Children and their parents gathered to learn and worship for the last day of Vacation Bible School at the Protestant Chapel aboard the Combat Center, June 24, 2016.

VBS is a week-long program, sponsored by the Protestant Chapel, which helps children learn about religion in a fun and interactive environment. Navy Lt. Ryan Krause, chapel pastor, Protestant Chapel, helped organize the program for the last three years and watched it grow and change over time.

“We hold the event during summer break as a way to give children activities to strengthen their faith,” Krause said. “The theme for this year followed the story of Joseph in Egypt and the struggles he faced during that time.”

More than 170 children participated in the program supported by approximately 53 Marine and 48 civilian volunteers. Children were split into different groups and cycled through various lessons and activities throughout the week. The activities included learning songs, playing games and making posters. Additionally, the children had the opportunity to meet and talk with a costumed Joseph during the different activities.

“My favorite part about VBS was seeing how much can be done in such a short time,” said Ashley Davis, director, Vacation Bible School. “I loved watching the kids worshipping and growing in their faith.”

On the last day, the children’s families were invited to see what their children learned throughout the week.

“These children were able to come and learn about Joseph and strengthen their faith,” Davis said. “Everything went very smoothly and the kids had a blast. I feel it was a huge success.”

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