When children learn stories, they tend to tell stories. One of the things we’ve observed all over the world is how children can have a significant role in the spreading of the Gospel. There seems to be a growing recognition of the place of equipping and mobilizing children in the prayer movement, as well as disciple making and church multiplication. The 4 to 14 Window Movement (www.4to14window.net) is a great example of what is happening with children and youth in relation to Kingdom advancing initiatives. They have an important role in completing the Great Commission.
Children are Fast Learners
In our Bible Storying and Orality Training Workshops with Living Water International in Central America, as well as Asia and Africa, we have often seen how children as young as 6 or 7 years old participate right along with the adults. Sometimes the children learn the stories better and faster than the adults. During small groups, while retelling stories and discussing them, children often complete the adult’s sentences or correct them when they get the stories wrong. Pastors often catch a vision for how they can equip, train and mobilize women and children at every education and socio-economical level to become storytelling evangelists and disciple makers.
Kids Around the World
One of the many groups having great impact in equipping and mobilizing children is “KIDStory: A program of Kids Around the World.” www.katw.net/kidstory They point out that, “There are approximately 2.2 billion children in the world and 75% learn through the spoken word. We believe God is passionate about children and it brings Him tremendous joy when one comes into a personal relationship with His Son, Jesus. Sharing the Gospel in communities where children learn best through oral means requires a unique strategy. One transformed life can transform a family and ultimately a community.”
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SOURCE: Assist News