McDowell Technical Community College

Faith Fellowship Church

Put on the Whole Armour of God

By Teresa Young

Yancey County

Ephesians 6:10-18   “Put on the whole armour of God” became a visual reality to those who attended Faith Fellowship Church of Newdale during Vacation Bible School (July 18-22, 2016) After previewing several VBS curriculum themes to purchase and not confirming a choice, Director/Deacon Mr. Jeremiah Johnson was given the “Armour of God” theme directly from the Lord, and immediately detailed plans began coming into place about how to carry out the massive task. Jeremiah, along with the support of his creative wife, Angela Johnson, in no way wants to take all the credit for this amazing undertaking because it took so many volunteers from the church and surrounding community to make it happen. For weeks prior to VBS people were busily painting wall murals that depicted each piece of the “armour” and described its purpose. Each elaborate suit of armour was creatively designed and created from resourceful materials.
LOINS girt with truth (Belts, loin guard fabric, and painted decorative accents came from church mission rummage sale and thrift store) BREASTPLATE of righteousness (Double Bubble Foil Insulation) FEET shod with the gospel of peace (Sandal sole-cut from foam wrestling mats/sides and straps-Foil Insulation) SHIELD of faith (wallboard cut, soaked, and dried while strapped to a form for shaping) HELMET of salvation (prototype mold of silicon, then fiberglass)SWORD of the Spirit (wooden handles and blades cut out by the Mountain Heritage Carpentry Class) SHETH (Foil bubble insulation). The full suit of armour was then completed by red T-Shirts, and spears that represent praise and prayers of the Saints, that CHRIST, in turn, uses to fight our battles and to strengthen us against the tricks of our enemy, Satan, and the rulers of the darkness of this world, so that we can victoriously combat the spiritual wickedness and evil that surrounds us! Each student took the materials that had been prepared and worked to create their own personal suit of armour. Over sixty outfits were assembled and taken home by the students! A special thanks to all volunteers who worked so diligently to make this such a memorable VBS, and to the families of our community who allowed their precious children to attend.
We were so blessed to know that some of these young men and women of faith took this teaching, dressed in their personal armour, and shared God’s truth at their homes and other churches. This summer, God’s truth marches onward as a church in Avery County will be borrowing all the murals, curriculum, etc. as they continue to share this powerful message of how to be strong in the Lord and the power of His might!