50+ Complete Lessons from Riverview


Riverview Church has shared their VBS lesson plans over the years as they have participated with Mexico Outreach. These lessons include complete instructions, dramas, memory verses, object lessons, crafts, etc.



Included Lesson plans for download:

VBS2002 Triumphing with Christ
Lesson 1 – The King Enters – The triumphal entry into Jerusalem
Lesson 2 – The Last Night – The last supper and Jesus’ prayers in Gethsemane
Lesson 3 – A Sad Morning – Jesus’ arrest and trials
Lesson 4 – A Dark Noon – The crucifixion
Lesson 5 – A Glorious Day – The resurrection.

VBS2003 The Soldier of God
Lesson 1 – Esther – The Helmet of Salvation
Lesson 2 – Job – The Breastplate of Righteousness and The Belt of Truth
Lesson 3 – Paul and Silas – The Sandals of the Gospel
Lesson 4 – Joshua – The Shield of Faith
Lesson 5 – Gideon – The Sword of the Spirit.

VBS2004 Christ Jesus the All Powerful
Lesson 1 – Two Big Surprises – Jesus’ power over creation
Lesson 2 – The Man Who Lived in the Cemetery – Jesus’ power over spiritual forces
Lesson 3 – The Strange Wake – Jesus’ power over death
Lesson 4 – The Opening in the Roof – Jesus’ power over sickness
Lesson 5 – Groping in the Dark – Jesus’ power over blindness (physical and spiritual)

VBS2005 Joseph the Beloved
Lesson 1 – Joseph Loved By His Father
Lesson 2 – Joseph Sold
Lesson 3 – Joseph Tested
Lesson 4 – Joseph Exalted
Lesson 5 – Joseph Forgives His Brothers

VBS2006 Paul the Missionary
Lesson 1 – Paul and the New Way (Acts 6:8-8:4; 9:1-29)
Lesson 2 – Joy in Serving Christ (Acts 11:19-26; 13:1-14:28)
Lesson 3 – The Great Uproar in Ephesus (Acts 19:8-20:1)
Lesson 4 – Rescued! (Acts 21:17-26:32)
Lesson 5 – Faithful to the End (Acts 27-28)

VBS2008 Daniel Trusting in God
Lesson 1 – Daniel Decided In His Heart (Daniel 1:1-21)
Lesson 2 – The Fiery Furnace (Daniel 2:1-3:30)
Lesson 3 – Nebuchadnezzar‟s Madness (Daniel 4:1-37)
Lesson 4 – The Writing on the Wall (Daniel 5:1-31)
Lesson 5 – The Lions‟ Den (Daniel 6:1-28)

VBS2008 Abraham Friend of God
Lesson 1 – Abraham – God’s Friend (Genesis 11:31-13:4)
Lesson 2 – Lot Chooses (Genesis 13:5-14:24)
Lesson 3 – God’s Promises (Genesis 15; 17:1-22; 18:9-15)
Lesson 4 – Sodom Destroyed (Genesis 18:1-8, 16-33; 19:1-30)
Lesson 5 – The Sacrifice of Isaac (Genesis 22:1-19)

VBS2010 Moses Called by God
Lesson 1 – God Takes Care of Baby Moses (Exodus 1:1 – 2:10)
Lesson 2 – God Calls Moses from the Bush (Exodus 2:11 – 4:18,27-31)
Lesson 3 – The Lamb that Died for Israel (Exodus 5 – 13)
Lesson 4 – Moses Parts the Red Sea (Exodus 13:7 – 15:21)
Lesson 5 – God Provides Water in the Desert (Exodus 15:22 – 17:7)

VBS2010 God Walks with Israel
Lesson 1 – The Golden Calf (Exodus 19, 20, 24, 31:18-33:10)
Lesson 2 – The Twelve Spies (Numbers 13 and 14)
Lesson 3 – The Bronze Serpent (Numbers 11, 12, 16, 17, 20, 21:1-9)
Lesson 4 – Balaam (Numbers 21:21-24:25)
Lesson 5 – Crossing the Jordan (Deuteronomy 34; Joshua 1, 3, and 4)

VBS2012 Saint Peter: Apostle of Jesus Christ
Lesson 1 – Saint Peter the Apostle – Christ the Rock (Matthew 4:18-20; 14:22-34; 16:13-23; Mark 6:45-53; 1 Peter 2:3-7)
Lesson 2 – Saint Peter Denies Christ (Matthew 26:33-75; Mark 14:66-72; Luke 22:54-62; John 18:15-27, 21:15-19)
Lesson 3 – The Cripple Walks (Acts 2; 3; 4:1-24)
Lesson 4 – Saint Peter Is Sent To Cornelius (Acts 10)
Lesson 5 – Saint Peter Is Freed From The Jail (Acts 12)

VBS2012 Listening to Jesus
Lesson 1 – The Parable of the Vineyard (Matthew 21:33-46)
Lesson 2 – The Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37)
Lesson 3 – The Parable of the Sower (Mark 4:1-20)
Lesson 4 – The Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-31)
Lesson 5 – The Parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man (Luke 16:19-31)

VBS2012 Fishing in the Bible
Lesson 1 – Clean and Unclean Creatures (Sin) Lev. 11:9-12, 13:45-46; 2 Kings 5:1-18; Luke 17:12-19; Rev. 7:9-17
Lesson 2 – The Great Fish (Salvation) Jonah 1:1-3:10
Lesson 3 – The Two Little Fish (Consecration) John 6:1-14
Lesson 4 – Fishing for Men (Service) Matt. 4:18-22; Mark 1:16-20; John 1:35-42
Lesson 5 – The Fish Cooked by the Lord (God’s care) – John 21:1-14

Chapel Programs

We provide chapels in english for your groups before and after you go out to minister each day. They include a speaker and worship. The chapel area is a field, so you will need to bring your own form of seating. Ask us what options are available.

Daily Schedule

Typical Weekly Schedule 7am Breakfast 8am Morning Chapel (in english) 9am Ministry sites (All Day) Lunch break on site 7pm Dinner 8pm Evening Chapel (in english) 9:15pm Team time 10:45pm Lights out 11pm Quiet (Note: Weekend trips and Brigades schedules varies.)

Ministry sites

We strive to provide an exclusive relationship with a church ministry in Mexicali or Ensenada. We know ministry can go deeper if your relationship continues on from trip to trip. Our coordinators on site are your liaison with local ministries and churches. We have worked with hundreds of churches over the years.

Can I stay at APU the night before or after a trip?

Often, APU offers free limited use of university on-campus classrooms, restrooms, and showers for the night before and after the event in Mexicali or Ensenada. APU is about 210 miles from both Mexicali and Ensenada.

Facility Showers

There aren’t showers available for 250 to 1,000 people, but many of the ministry sites and churches have generously offered showers to their partner teams. Also,  in the city there are businesses that charge from $2 to $3 for showers.

Facility Bathrooms

Mexicali. There aren’t enough bathrooms for so many, so we have portable bathrooms like what you’d see at a work site in the states. They are serviced and emptied daily. Ensenada. Rancho El Refugio has sufficient flush toilets for all camp sizes.

RV & Trailer Use

We welcome RV and trailers on site at our facilities. Hookups are available in Ensenada base camp only.

Facility Housing

All base camps range in size from 250 to 1,000, so our only option is to offer a tent city. You are responsible to bring your own tents. Security is provided. Base camp facilities can be booked during the year for hosted groups as space is available.

First Aid Station

We provide limited first aid at our facility. Our first aid staff are usually volunteer nurses. The local Red Cross is available and offers very reasonable costs. There are hospitals nearby, too. From Mexicali, the hospital in El Centro, California, is a close choice. In Ensenada, there are several options as well.

Meals Included

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are included. Food is brought in to our facility from the United States, the local Costco, Walmart, Smart and Final and local grocery stores. You’ll need to bring an ice chest and igloo to take your lunch with you while you minister during the day.

Gluten Free Meals

We care about participants who have special limitations on what they can eat. We will do our best to offer special accommodation to those who let us know ahead of time.

What You Pack

Passport, clothes for each day, dress clothes, Bible, paper, pen/pencil, sleeping bag, pillow, warm jacket, flashlight, toothbrush, toothpaste, toilet paper, wet wipes, hand sanitizer, washcloth, towel, personal medication, personal water bottle, comfortable shoes, beach chair, and maybe musical instruments.

What Teams Pack

Ice chests (for all lunches and snacks), Igloos (team drinks & VBS snack time), Tents, Folding table (brushing teeth area), Canopy (EZ-up or other), First aid kit, Tarps.

International Customer Service

We pride ourselves in knowing what is going on in the areas where we work and minister throughout the year. Our staff on site and in the United States includes missionaries, pastors and coordinators. Most of our staff have decades of experience taking teams to Mexico. Several have continued on since the inception of Mexico Outreach in 1970.

Immigration Support

Our coordinators offer up to date information on Mexican immigration.  It is, however, your responsibility to comply with the laws of Mexico and the United States when crossing borders, showing documents and traveling.

Van Rentals

We rent from Enterprise for our large number of APU students who go to Mexico. Enterprise includes Mexican auto insurance in the rate.  Contact us for our Enterprise contact numbers, and make sure you mention APU Mexico Outreach.

Cell Phone & Data Use

Contact your carrier first to see what options you have for cell use in Mexico. New cell services have started to include Canada and Mexico in their plans of text talk and data. Internet data is also available in the local Starbucks in town. We suggest you tether your phone to your laptop for data use if available.

Safety Resources

We provide safety statistics for your leaders and parents to decide for themselves from an informed position whether their decision to go is the right one. Learn more


APU Student teams: transportation is included. Church and School Groups: transportation is not included. If you are flying, we suggest you fly into San Diego, California, and rent vans from the airport.  You will drive 120 miles east from San Diego to the Calexico, California, border crossing if you are going to Mexicali. You will drive 100 miles south from San Diego if you are going to Ensenada.