Training Children's Ministry Workers in the Caribbean
Many statistics out there will show that the majority of the people in the Caribbean countries are Christian. But when you take a closer look, true Bible-following, Christ-exalting, theologically sound Christianity is in the minority.
Part of the problem in these countries is that Bible training is almost non-existent, leaving the door wide open for false doctrines to get in.
He [Paul] writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction. (2 Peter 3:16)
That's why training pastors and church leaders in sound doctrine and theology is so key in the Caribbean countries! It's especially important that these church leaders raise up the next generation to know and follow Christ and His Word. To do that, kids must be taught from the whole Bible in a way they can understand.
It's exciting that the Children's Ministry Training project team was invited to the Caribbean to train pastors and church leaders in a Spanish-speaking country there how to teach the Bible to kids. These adults were so impacted by the training that they shared with us some of what they learned:
I thank God that you came here because in these days I have come to feel like a person who is truly able to take the Word of God to other people: to children, the elderly, and to young people. For that, I would like to thank God because you came here to my country.
It's been three wonderful days—three days where God has sent useful tools to our hands in order to effectively serve our God. We have learned special methods to serve children, and also perhaps adolescents and young people. We have learned that in the midst of having few resources, we can still do great things for God. We have used our hands to create. We have been able to think of fabulous ways to teach the lessons to children.
As part of the children's ministry training in this country, the training team was able to provide a two-year chronological children's Bible curriculum to the attendees for free. It's called "99 Adventures in the Bible's Big Story" and it's published in English, Spanish, French, and Bengali so far. Anyone can download the curriculum for free online!
Here's what one of the training attendees said about how God has used this curriculum to help introduce chronological Bible teaching into her Sunday school classes:
Since the end of last year, the desire of my heart has been to begin teaching the children of my church the Bible starting in Genesis. I believe that it was God who placed this idea in my heart because He was working on regarding this idea. And on the first Sunday of Sunday school in 2019, I met with the Sunday School teachers and asked them to come together with me to teach the story of the Bible in chronological order, starting from Genesis so the children could know the “why” of the Bible. The “why” and the “how.”
How did it come about? What are we like as humans? Because sometimes as teachers, we do not teach the Bible well and we simply choose any story to teach. Also, I wanted the teachers to have an experience with the Lord (through learning and teaching the Bible chronologically) and I wanted their experience in God’s Word to be transmitted without the need of teaching from a book or reading from a book in class. So I planted this idea (of chronological Bible teaching) to the Sunday school teachers of my church and they agreed that we should do it. But it has taken a lot of work and it has at times been difficult because we did not have the resources.
But thank God that with this book [99 Adventures] we can study the stories and we can prepare each segment of the lesson. And we can tell the story from the Bible and it can reach the children. I'm very grateful.