Editor’s note: This post is part of our VBS Review Fair here on Key Resources, where we’ll be featuring reviews of our top picks from this year’s curricula. You can download the full review packet here.
Cross Culture VBS
Thailand Trek introduces children to life in Thailand through games, snacks, and learning stations. The material stresses that God loves the whole world and speaks every language. By learning about daily life, children can discover for themselves what is similar and what is different from their own lives. They may even come across new games and food they love. The approach is respectful, positive, and detailed.
The theology reflects a conservative, evangelical perspective. Churches from different theological backgrounds may want to modify the opening celebration and Bible experiences, especially on Day 3, which has a heavy focus on atonement. The daily themes and Bible readings can guide modifications to keep the unity and theme of the curriculum.
The program encourages the children to engage in mission by saving money to purchase Bibles for kids in Thailand. The mission component of the program could be improved by having children talk a video segment showing how parents, teachers, churches, and an orphanage in Thailand came together to repair a house that burned down. Afterward the conversation could then turn to how they might help other children in their local communities. Thailand Trek is engaging and imaginative. Children and adult volunteers alike will learn and grow from the experience; it will be a very memorable VBS!
Age levels: Preschool and Elementary