- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—COLUMBUS — A bit of Africa is making its way into Columbus for the week.

Word of Life Church kicked off its annual vacation Bible school with the church being transformed into the jungles of Tanzania.

From toddlers as young as 3 to students as old as fifth grade, more than 50 youths showed up Monday to play games and learn about the Word of God through the theme Camp Kilimanjaro.

Despite the way the church is dressed up, Pastor Mariano Menendez said the week is not entirely about entertaining children, it’s also about planting a seed while they are young.

“We always think children are the future generation, but if we don’t reach them today, there will be no future,” he said.

This week the youths will take an epic expedition through the book of Proverbs through games, prizes, worship, skits and a message.

“The Bible is our manual to live by,” Menendez said, like a map hikers use to get to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Each night the little hikers will take an imaginary journey through the mountains as they learn to hear and do the Word of God like having hearts that trust in the Lord; taming their tongues; hands that get to work and feet that walk with the wise.

“If they understand these things while they’re little, then they’re going to grow to live that way,” Menendez said.

The boys and girls will be competing all week to raise money. The winner gets to choose a leader who will take a pie to the face. Money raised will go to a special-needs school in Kenya to help drill wells for fresh water and buy equipment such as wheelchairs and crutches.

Word of Life Church is located at 3701 23rd St. and the vacation Bible school will held from 5:30 to 8:15 p.m. through Friday.

For more information or to register a child, visit www.answersvbs.com/vbs/wolagcolumbus.

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