Children’s ministry

CHILDREN’S MINISTRY

In most nations in the developing world, more than 50% of the population is under the age of 15. We conduct hundreds of outreaches in schools, local communities and in churches. Children are often the door that opens the way to reaching whole communities for Christ. Outreaches include correspondence courses that bring children to faith in Christ. Whenever possible, these children are then directed to local churches to be discipled. We are committed to rescuing children from exploitation, vice, and destitute situations. We do this by providing safe living environments, 24/7 care, and opportunity for education to help give formerly disadvantaged children a hope and a future. As more sponsorship becomes available, more children can be helped.

World Outreach International is committed to sharing the Good News of the Gospel with the world’s children, discipling them, and providing loving and supportive care. We do this because:

  • Jesus commanded it in Matthew 19:14 (NLT), “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.”
  • One third of the world’s population are children. Nearly 2 billion are under the age of 15. If we neglect children’s ministry, we disregard 1/3rd of the world’s population in terms of the Great Commission. In many developing nations, children make up nearly half the total population.
  • Children suffer. More than any other segment of humanity, children suffer, in a sense, paying for the sins of adults. Whether it’s from war, epidemics, crop failure, or endemic poverty, children usually suffer the most. Thirty percent of the world’s children, i.e., 600 million children, live in “absolute poverty”.
  • Children are strategic for the growth of the Church. Research shows that children are by far the most Gospel-responsive group—about 80% of Christians received Christ between the ages of 4 and 14. The so-called 4-14 window of opportunity is far more productive than later teenage and adult years! Church researcher George Barna urges us to “consider the facts: Absorption of biblical information and principles typically peaks during the pre-teen years. … Habits related to the practice of one’s faith develop when one is young and change surprisingly little over time.” Francis Xavier said “give me a child until he is seven and I’ll show you the man.” The Bible simply states, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it”.
  • Children are strategic for the future of nations. Childhood is the most formative and therefore the most strategic stage of life. Eighty-five percent of our adult personality is formed by the age of six. So, to shape an adult, reach a child.
  • Children need our attention more urgently than any other group of people, because childhood is over quickly. Experts estimate that about one billion children will be born in the next decade, the vast majority of them to mothers and fathers earning less than one US dollar per day.

OUR RESPONSE

  • Evangelism and discipling ministries are active in many nations throughout Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Oceania. These include:
  1. Evangelism programmes
  2. Follow-up correspondence courses
  3. Training for thousands of children’s workers each year
  4. Translating and publishing culturally appropriate in-depth teaching curriculums for outreach and church ministry
  5. Children’s cartoon magazines and other resources for kids’ ministry.
  • Holistic ministries in many African and Asian countries are meeting physical, emotional and developmental needs of children. Some specific goals are:
  1. Ensure children have better healthcare, with an emphasis on prevention through cleaner water, mosquito control and better food
  2. Provide educational opportunities to all children, especially to girls
  3. Provide opportunities for children to learn skills that will assist in future employment
  4. Protect children who are at risk of violence, exploitation or abuse.

 

Peter Van der Westhuyzen
Director WOI/Generation Ministries

 

 

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