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17
Nov
2017

Sharing the Gospel with Least-Reached Kids

November 17th, 2017 | in Children |    0   

Teacher training in the Silk Road Region

Note: This article first appeared on page 25 in the Fall/Winter 2017 issue of Alliance Connection magazine.

During one of our teacher training lessons, Alicia* started to cry when we were teaching what the Bible says about sharing the Gospel with children. 

Teacher training class in the Silk Road Region“I thought I already knew it, but now I feel that I have wasted my time with the kids,” she said to me in a low voice, explaining she had taught Sunday school for many years without realizing that they too need to receive Jesus as their personal Saviour.

Alicia is an educated woman who works at a consulate in the city where we live in the Silk Road Region. She loves Jesus and children, yet during our lesson, she understood for the first time that verses like John 3:16, John 1:12, and Acts 16:31 apply to children as well.

Unfortunately, the children in Alicia’s church are not the only ones who haven’t been given the knowledge and understanding of the message of the Bible. According to the national statistics of our country, there are nearly
7 million children under the age of 12, and most still have not heard that Jesus is ready to save them.

We truly believe that without a strong knowledge and conviction of the biblical basis for child evangelism, there will be no fruitful children’s ministry in our churches.

“Can I just say something?” asked Pilar* with an angry tone during the break time of one of our training events. “You basically ruined my whole ministry! What am I going to do now?”

I thought to myself: What a strange comment! What did I just do? Did I say a bad word? Did I teach a false doctrine? Then I asked her, “Pilar, tell me why you are not so happy?”

...we strongly believe that what the Bible says about children is 100% true

Pilar replied, “I have taught children in my church for 15 years, but I never ever told them that God is inviting them to be saved from their sins! I always thought that they are already saved because they’re kids.”

If our Sunday school teachers still don’t have a solid knowledge of what the Bible says about children, how will they be able to share the Gospel with children who are outside of the churches?

We’re very motivated and encouraged to continue to train more workers, because we strongly believe that what the Bible says about children is 100% true: “In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.” (Matthew 18:14).

* pseudonym


Links:

• Mentor a Child – Change a Life - How making this Kingdom investment can have a lasting impact - Sidebars: Mentors in Action; Where to Begin; Recommended resources
• Recognizing God’s Little Agents - The unexpected ministry of children
• Children Matter - Providing children with an opportunity to discover and follow Jesus


President Dave Hearn

Roup

Roup’s full name is withheld for security reasons. He is an international worker in the Silk Road Region, serving in an environment often hostile to spreading the Gospel. Learn more by reading Roup's bio.

 

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Tags: magazine-fall-2017, Silk-Road, teacher, children, sunday-school

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