Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station New River finished up their 2019 Vacation Bible School Wednesday, June 26. The three day events were given the theme “Roar! Life is wild, God is good” and sought to educate installation children about tolerance, equality, overcoming adversity and learning to stay strong when life is scary.

At the Main Protestant Chapel on MCB Camp Lejeune, a Wednesday afternoon ceremony saw all 104 children, parents and 39 volunteers sing, dance and rejoice in lessons learned over the course of the school.

U.S. Navy Lt. Junior Grade Matthew Dean, staff chaplain, Marine Corps Installations East, helped lead the ceremony alongside volunteers including Scott Kidd from the First Baptist Church of Friendsville, Tennessee. Kidd has been ministering to Vacation Bible School students on MCB Camp Lejeune since 2006.

“Our service members give so much to us,” Kidd said. “It’s good to be able to do what little we can for them by ministering to their children.”

Vacation Bible School on MCAS New River was held in the mornings so that Kidd and the rest of the delegation could teach a similar class before heading to MCB Camp Lejeune for an afternoon session with the rest of the installation’s participating children. A bit over 35 children and 45 volunteers made up the MCAS New River branch of the school.

Youth volunteers also played a pivotal role in the sessions.

“Being with the kids is the best,” said Michael Adams, a first year volunteer with the program. “It’s nice to teach the kids about God.”

It’s just so fun,” agreed Grace French, who has been volunteering with the service for six years. “It almost brings tears to your eyes watching the kids sing and dance while having fun like that.”