Every true believer is commissioned by Christ to “preach the Gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15) and to “make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:18-20). Does this include children? Are children able to fulfill this Great Commission?
Yes, kids can share the Gospel! Yes, they can change the world. And from Saturday, January 31, 2015 to Monday February 2, Evangelism Explosion — we call it Hope for Kids — is holding its first workshop in Port Elizabeth to equip anyone who has a heart for young people and wants to learn how to share the Gospel with them and equip them to share the Good News with others.
By the end of the workshop delegates will be able to conduct the Hope For Kids course in their school or church youth departments.
The Hope For Kids material is all Biblically based and appeals to children’s primary learning styles, utilising songs, games, crafts, skits, and illustrations. Every unit includes some object that provides a concrete illustration of one of the key Gospel concepts that is taught in that unit.
Delegates at the Hope For Kids Workshops receive a Teacher’s Manual containing 12 planned lessons. Each lesson comprises a lesson plan, goal illustrations, songs, crafts and dramas, designed to raise young evangelists. On successfully completing the workshop, all material that will be utilised by the children in delegates’ classes can be ordered free of charge from local workshop facilitators.
Last year 3 950 children were trained and equipped to share the Gospel with other children and friends in PE schools, 15 leadership workshops were held (12 in PE, 1 in Humansdorp, 1 in Patensie and 1 in Sunlands). More than 20 PE schools and many churches are busy with the programme with a lot more lined up for 2015.
Challenged to take stand for God at their school
In last year I challenged the learners in three PE schools to take a stand for God in their school and to think about why the presence of God was so important for their school. These students had all been part of the Hope For Kids programme over the year and their feedback to me was amazing. They started prayer groups in their schools and even gave up their break times to pray. More than 1 000 students took part in a Revival Prayer Week! Hundreds of the wrote letters explaining why God was so important in their school and I think this one from a Primary School learner says it all (Click links to view letter: Part 1, Part 2.)
The PE Hope for Kids Workship will be conducted in English and Afrikaans at the EP Child and Youth Care Centre at 8 Lennox Street, Glendinningvale (opposite the SABC in Connyngham Road) from Saturday, January 31 to Monday, February 2. The workshop will be presented by Ds Cobus Fourie and the time schedule is: Saturday — 08 to 17h00; Sunday — 14 to 17h00; Monday — 18 to 20h00). The workshop cost, including training materials and refreshments, is R300 per person. More information is available from Jan Coetzee (041 3606573, 0723202844), Cobus Fourie (041 371 1948, 0849903370) or Paul Clough (073 478 9281, email@example.com).
View PE Schools Prayer Movement video: