Joey Bonifacio is the senior pastor of Victory Fort, one of 15 congregations that make up Victory Church in the metro Manila area of the Philippines. Each weekend, Victory hosts 94 gatherings with 51 lead pastors preaching to a multigenerational congregation of almost 65,000. Though the church’s membership has grown almost 25 percent each year for the last 12 years, of greater concern to Victory’s leadership team are the number of baptisms (4,613 in 2011) and discipleship groups (currently more than 5,000).
After running a successful business for years—and then splitting time between his company and ministry—Bonifacio joined the Victory team as a full-time pastor in 1998. Today he is a member of the International Apostolic Team of Every Nation Ministries and a member of the board of directors of the Real Life Foundation. He and his wife, Marie, have three sons.
Bonifacio is also the author of The LEGO Principle, which draws parallels between the famous toy-maker and core discipleship elements. Jesus said the two greatest commandments are to love God and to love your neighbor. Just as a Lego piece was designed to do one thing—connect, regardless of shape, size or color—we were made to connect with God and others, Bonifacio says. “If you can connect to the top with God and to the bottom with others, you can pretty much shape the world you live in.”
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Hip-Hop Hope: Jesus Makes Me Glad
Theme: Hip-hop culture is global! Surprisingly, its original goal was “Love, Peace, Unity and Having Fun!” Hip-Hop Hope: Jesus Makes Me Glad offers Jesus as the ultimate DJ who scratches out new songs of hope.
ANSWERS IN GENESIS
The Kingdom Chronicles: Standing Strong in the Battle for Truth
Theme: With The Kingdom Chronicles VBS, brave knights and fair maidens will be equipped to put on the full armor of God so they can stand strong in the battle for truth.
The Mighty God: God Leads Moses and Me
Theme: This study from the book of Exodus explores how God led Moses through the perils of his life and remained faithful to him in extreme circumstances. Children will learn the ways that God loves us, calls us, saves us guides us and cares for us.
Everywhere Fun Fair: Where God’s World Comes Together
Theme: Everywhere Fun Fair is a global celebration with the look and feel of a world's fair. Children will discover that God’s love can be found everywhere—even in their own neighborhoods.
CONCORDIA PUBLISHING HOUSE
Tell It on the Mountain: Where Jesus Christ Is Lord
Theme: Get ready for a mountaintop experience! At Tell It on the Mountain, children will learn about the one true God through five mountaintop Bible accounts. This VBS features active Bible storytelling, energetic songs and Peak Performance videos for opening and closing.
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Aventuras Glaciales (Cool Adventures)
Theme: Five children receive a surprise trip and receive great gifts from God: forgiveness, salvation, joy, life and hope.
SonWest Roundup: A Rip-Roarin’ Good Time With Jesus!
Theme: This comprehensive VBS package uses a Wild West backdrop to help kids discover Jesus in the stories of Moses.
GOSPEL PUBLISHING HOUSE
MEGA Sports Camp: Breaking Free
Theme: Teaching kids biblical principles and builds character through their favorite sports activities, this church-led program is fully adaptable to suit any church’s size, volunteers and facilities.
Athens: Paul’s Dangerous Journey to Share the Truth
Theme: Imagine leaving a life of privilege and power to face angry mobs, painful imprisonment and chain-breaking earthquakes—all to spread the life-changing truth of God’s love. Learn the jaw-dropping story of the apostle Paul—straight from Paul himself!
Kingdom Rock: Where Kids Stand Strong for God
Theme: Enter the epic adventure that empowers kids to stand strong. At Kingdom Rock VBS, God’s victorious power isn’t a fairy tale.
LIFEWAY CHRISTIAN RESOURCES
Backyard Kids Club
Theme: Take VBS outside the church and into your community with Backyard Kids Club.
LIFEWAY CHRISTIAN RESOURCES
Club VBS: Jungle Jaunt
Theme: Based on Psalm 145:1-2, kids will learn to praise, trust and follow the one true God through the wild.
LIFEWAY CHRISTIAN RESOURCES
Colossal Coaster World: Facing Fear, Trusting God
Theme: Using 2 Timothy 1:7, Colossal Coaster World VBS will challenge kids to face their fears and trust God as they zip along the roller coaster of life.
Breathe It In: God Gives Life
Theme: Children are invited to discover the life-giving breath of God. Through Bible stories on breath and wind, children will explore how God’s own breath was used to create people, and how the wind of the Spirit helped the young church grow.
REGULAR BAPTIST PRESS
Investigation Destination: Follow Clues to the King of Kings
Theme: Investigation Destination turns VBS students into secret agents—investigators on a special mission to discover clues about a special person, the King of Kings. The objective: Prepare students for the return of the King, challenging them to believe in Jesus and accept Him as Savior and then to choose to trust, follow, love, obey and serve Him. Those who know the Savior will want to tell others about Jesus, our wonderful King.
God’s Backyard Bible Camp Under the Stars
Theme: Get ready for outdoor adventure under the shimmer of starlight that starts in your own backyard and gets bigger each day as kids take the love of Jesus into their homes, neighborhoods and communities.
God’s Backyard Bible Camp Under the Sun
Theme: Get ready for a sunny outdoor adventure that starts in your own backyard and gets bigger each day as kids take the love of Jesus into their homes, neighborhoods and communities.
URBAN MINISTRIES, INC.
Jesus Family Reunion: The Remix
Theme: Encouraging stronger relationships in spiritual and natural families through Jesus Christ. This program introduces family time for all 10 lessons, including We Believe!
We Encourage! We Forgive! We Protect! and We Give! Each lesson highlights a family from the Bible that dealt with the same struggles as families today.
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