New Salem VBS raises $130 for Imagine No Malaria


NEW BERLIN -- Proving that they may have been small in number, but big in heart, the 16 children who participated in New Salem United Methodist Church’s Vacation Bible School held the week of July 9, collected $130.41 for the “Imagine No Malaria” campaign.

Each Vacation Bible School participant was given a special bank to collect donations from friends, neighbors, family members, and at the end of the week, the donations were totaled. Throughout the week, the children learned about how lives of children in Africa can be saved by bed nets that can keep away Malaria infected mosquitoes. Each bed net costs $10, and the VBS children were thrilled to know that their donations would purchase 13 bed nets.
The theme of New Salem UMC’s Vacation Bible School this year was Camp E.D.G.E., which stands for Experience and Discover God Everywhere. Incorporating the themes of nature, hiking and camping, tents were placed throughout the church and covered with bed nets. Every time $10 was raised for the purchase of a bed net, the children were allowed to “swat away” a “fake” mosquito off the bed net on the tent with a flyswatter.