In 1999 four people from Ukraine were trained by Petra College for Children’s Ministry, situated in White River, RSA (www.petra.co.za). That was God’s way to bless Ukraine with effective and high quality children’s ministry.
Bernard Joubert, a grape farmer and a children’s worker from De Doorns in Western Cape, helped the team to start training in Ukraine and do the follow-up with children’s workers trained. As the ministry developed, the main priority was to build relationship with congregations – their pastors, leaders and children workers.
When we started Children Mission, we understood that the four of us couldn’t tell all the children of Ukraine about Christ. That’s why we took the biblical way - «to entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others» what we’ve heard and what we’ve learnt at Petra College (2Timothy 2:2). We started training adults who were eager to show God’s love to the children in such a way that they would dedicate their lives to God. Our ultimate goal was that each one of our student would be able not only to effectively minister to the kids but to train other adults as well.
Among our students God was raising people, whose hearts were filled with special love and attitude towards children of different countries. At the same time the «doors» were being opened - new possibilities for having trainings, friendships and doing the ministry work together. So we, being Ukrainians, first went to Russia and Moldova in 2003 and then in 2006 God opened the doors to England and Armenia.
The first steps have been already made but this is only the beginning of a long process of equipping adults for the effective children’s ministry in the former USSR.
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“What one generation tolerates, the next generation will embrace.”
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For more than 19 years Children Mission is training children workers and parents. In Ukraine alone almost 6000 people were trained how to love and teach children God’s way. Besides, God opened doors to minister to people in Russia and Moldova and from 2006 – in Armenia and UK.
Children Mission and this site is here to help you make a difference in the lives of children according to God’s calling for your life.
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