The Greatest Treasure event takes place on board Logos Hope and is specially made for children to understand the value of the Word of God.
The characters are called Captain Scallywag, his crewmember is called One-Eyed Pete, there is a pirate and a girl named Skittle. The characters have a mission to go on a treasure hunt together, to find the ‘greatest treasure.’
Skittle hopes to find diamonds, money and Spanish gold while One-Eyed Pete wishes to buy himself a yacht with the treasure they will find. As for the captain, he knows what the treasure is; he knows that the treasure is not what his friends expect.
The event is interactive and invites the children to participate in finding the treasure. Through the games and event, they discover the message of the gospel. Rebecca Gomez (France) played Skittle’s character. “There were 200 children per event, and they were so excited,” Rebecca enthuses. “They were joyful, running around the room, wearing life jackets, helping us find the treasure, screaming, ‘It’s over there!’” After the event, many children hurried to give Rebecca a hug.
At the end of the treasure hunt, the crew and children finally found the treasure and discovered what is inside: the priceless treasure is the Word of God; the Bible. The pirate doesn’t understand why the treasure is a Bible, so the captain explains why.
Tae Um (South Korea) played the captain and told the children the story of the gospel. He also told them about friendship and forgiveness. “I love theatre and acting. It is a powerful tool, especially for children. I don’t have to preach, all I have to do is have fun with the kids while I explain the gospel,” Tae said.
When Tae was younger, he attended a Christian camp where a drama was performed to explain sin, and all Jesus did for the world. He was touched by the message: “It was different from what I’d been hearing. When I saw how Jesus was handling all the sin that I should have paid, it impacted me.”
“The theatrical way of telling the gospel is one of the most affective ways to touch children’s hearts; that’s how it worked with me when I was eight years old.” Despite the many, varied backgrounds the children came from, Tae is convinced that God will work in their hearts through the message that was shared.