The excitement of the children who gathered at Revival Impact World Church in Chief Albert Luthuli Park in Johannesburg on Saturday the 30th of November 2019 certainly matched the bright sunny weather. The much anticipated event was a Children’s Day Celebration.
The 60 children and their Sunday School teachers participated in otLIVE as they learned the big picture of the Old Testament. In between the sessions there was much dancing and singing – and certainly a party atmosphere.
As the Sunday School teachers shared:
“The children learnt so much from otLIVE and so did we! otLIVE also reminded us about engaging the children to make Scripture lessons more interesting. The more we make learning fun and interactive, the more we will engage the children as we disciple them. Children’s ministry was important to Jesus and it should be important to us too!
As teachers we have the great privilege to teach these children about God for they are the future ministers of His Word. otLIVE really helps them all to understand how the big picture of God’s story fits together.
The children had so much fun with otLIVE. They want to know when you are coming back!”
This was also one of the first otLIVEs taught by the newly trained otLIVE instructor, Welcome Ndlovu – who had just as much fun as the children.
As one of the Sunday School teachers shared: “The kids just loved Welcome. He has such a natural repoire with the kids.”
(Our grateful thanks to Joyce Nkosi from Revival Impact World Church for this feedback)
** ttt4c (turn the tide 4 children) which is associated with Walk Thru the Bible Southern Africa were part of supporting this year end celebration.
For more information on otLIVE please click here
“KidZ at Heart (KAH) has as its aim ‘helping children fall deeply in love with Jesus’. Here in Southern Africa our partnership with Walk Thru the Bible has been so instrumental in launching our international ministry. The success of this partnership really was a big part in KidZ at Heart going global.
There is such a sense of God’s timing and favour in this partnership. Of great assistance were the existing structure and support networks that Walk Thru the Bible Southern Africa were able to facilitate.
This partnership here in Southern Africa is now also a model for us, that we have tried to replicated in other regions.
By God’s grace, KidZ at Heart now does children’s ministry training in over 45 countries with over 10 000 teachers already trained. Over 3 million children worldwide have been impacted.
Here in Southern Africa our partnership with Walk Thru the Bible has been so instrumental in launching our international ministry.
Gordon West (right) pictured with Patrick McWhorter, head of KAH Africa Ministeries
Plans for Southern Africa
We now have local trainers in place in both South Africa, and more recently in Zambia – who are fully qualified to train the local people in the KAH modules. We are so excited to see them grow in ownership for their geographical area and developing the people there. Please pray with us as we now also start to develop this model in Malawi and Zimbabwe.”
For more information on KAH please click here
Kairos Youth Centre, run by Tabernacle Church of God in Christ in Tembisa, is supported on a monthly basis by ttt4c (turn the tide 4 children) – which is associated with Walk Thru the Bible Southern Africa.
Zimkhithabang Mmotong, one of the Youth Centre leaders, explains:
“We currently minister to two groups of children in our local community. We run a children’s outreach and a separate program for teenagers called ‘Teen’s Chill’.
During both these programs we teach Gods word and involve the young people in worship and praise. Songs, dramas, dance and games are an important part of what we do. We also give the children snacks and treats. Initially, some of the children come for the refreshments, but they end up becoming part of our family as they learn about God’s love. So the food plays a big role in bringing the children in.
Our children come from a community which is mostly poor, with most parents working and not often at home. This leaves the children on the streets and unattended – and therefore vulnerable to all sorts of bad behaviour and influences. We try to create a safe haven for these children. They can come to Kairos Youth Centre to do their homework with the help of an adult. The church gates are always open for the children to come in and play.
We also offer extra classes on Saturdays to help high school students with their school work. Some of the people who assist with these classes are university students, who were themselves once part of the outreach program to children and teenagers.
It is wonderful to watch them becoming responsible men and women – who love God and who are pursuing their dreams, while adding value to the community. Many have gone from being quite wild children on the street, to respectful and responsible young people in the community. It gives us great joy to know, that as we release them to adulthood, that they are going to make the world a better place.
We cannot but thank God for granting us an opportunity to minister to His beloved children.”
I have always had a passion to minister to children. A concern, though, has always been the number of children who fall away – and the reason for this.
I believe that so key in addressing this, is not just teaching children about God, but teaching children to connect with God for themselves.
And the KidZ at Heart (KAH) training equips teachers to do just this!
KAH addresses teaching children how to hear from God through Scripture. But first the teachers who attend the training, need to learn to do this for themselves. The children need to see this modelled by the influential people in their lives – and so this training is as important for parents as it is for teaches! KAH teaches children how to have a growing relationship with God – is there anything more important?”
~ Lynnette Stander, KAH Regional Trainer Southern Africa
For more information on KidZ at Heart please click here
We have been so encouraged by the testimonies we have received after KidZ at Heart training events:
“I had come to the point where I felt really despondent as a teacher and unsure about whether I should go on. But after doing the KAH training, I have learnt how to minister to the spiritual needs of the children. I now have new vision for my teaching.” ~ Anonymous
“One of the most powerful lessons I learnt from KidZ at Heart (KAH) was to be able to teach children how to hear from God for themselves. You can actually see it on the faces of the children – their expressions change as they realize that God speaks to them too.
The KAH training was so valuable – so much so, that we will be running it at our church again next year. It really impacted our teachers spiritually and also provided valuable skills and practical ‘how to’s’ in terms of reaching and impacting the children.”
~ Juanita, Sunday School leader, Fokus Deo, Limpopo
“The KAH training really changed me! As a crèche owner, I work with children all day. It was so vital to be reminded again about the importance of sitting at the feet of God and discerning His voice. It’s not about the right or wrong way of doing things, but really about being obedient to what God is telling us to do – because if we are not, we could miss the opportunities that He gives for really reaching a child. We have to be dependent on the Holy Spirit and not fall into the trap of rushing to the next thing. The session on how to lead a child to Christ was also so helpful.
The sessions didn’t just impact me spiritually, but also provided great practical skills and understanding regarding different learning styles. I look forward to the next KAH training.”
“What is amazing to me is how much I grew spiritually during the KAH training. Your heart really needs to be in it – and when it is the children can see the difference – and it works!
I now teach with greater enthusiasm. I always did my best before, but now my lessons are so much better. I also use what I learnt with my own children. KAH is not just for teachers…. every parent should do this.”
~ Rentia, parent and Sunday School teacher
For more information on attending a KAH training event, please click here
Agape Warriors, run by Agape Family Church in Katlehong, currently minister to 250 children on a weekly basis – with the distinct aim of catering to the spiritual needs of the children. They are supported on a monthly basis by turn the tide 4 children (ttt4c) – which is associated with Walk Thru the Bible Southern Africa.
Project leader, Charmaine Mtanyelwa explains:
“These children face many challenges – including poverty, broken families, alcoholism and illiteracy. We want them to know that regardless of their backgrounds, Christ loves and cares for them. Around here, Ncala is an area that is quite notorious – known for its high crime rate and instability. Agape Warriors have specifically identified the children from this community and sought to make a difference in their lives. So we transport the children from Ncala to church every Sunday – so that they can participate in the project. We do Bible lessons that are child friendly and include activities that help the children apply the lesson.
We have been so encouraged to see the impact of the project on the lives of the children. We have had parents who have come to church and given their lives to the Lord, because of their children being part of Agape Warriors. Parents share amazing stories with us – also about how their children’s behaviour has changed for the better. We never cease to give God the glory for these precious souls that He has entrusted into our care.
In addition to Sunday programs, Agape Warriors also run a program in the school holiday which caters for 400 children. During this time the children are taught life changing and Biblical principles through games and group work. They are also given breakfast and lunch. It is so important to know that the children are safe and fed during the holidays.
We face many challenges and social ills in our community – but this does not derail the passion that we have for children. We believe: “train up a child in the way he should go; when he is old he will not depart from it.” Great citizens begin with well-trained children.
Our gratitude goes to ttt4c for the monthly financial assistance we receive for this project. Thank you to the ttt4c donors who make this possible.”
** turn the tide 4 children (tt4c) is associated with Walk Thru the Bible