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TWR Partners with global children's ministries for more effective evangelism in Africa

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TWR sent their Health, Youth and Children Coordinator, Hanna Boakye-Yiadom to Nairobi, Kenya at the end of April 2013 to take part in the Global Children's Forum (GCF) meeting held there. It was a meeting of globally focused children's ministry agencies that focus on evangelism and discipleship of the world's children.

The Global Children’s Fund brought together worldwide children’s ministries with the aim of finding more effective evangelism and discipleship tools and methods for reaching children with the Gospel of Christ. The Forum also explored the potential of Africa’s church and children to bring about long-term change.  African-based partnering initiatives were also discussed.

 TWR sent their Health, Youth and Children Coordinator, Hanna Boakye-Yiadom to Nairobi, Kenya at the end of April 2013 to take part in the Global Children's Forum (GCF) meeting held there. It was a meeting of globally focused children's ministry agencies that focus on evangelism and discipleship of the world's children.

The Global Children’s Fund brought together worldwide children’s ministries with the aim of finding more effective evangelism and discipleship tools and methods for reaching children with the Gospel of Christ. The Forum also explored the potential of Africa’s church and children to bring about long-term change.  African-based partnering initiatives were also discussed.

The first two days saw 65 people from all over the world focused on projects in 5 key areas – advocating for children, training workers and emerging leaders, focusing on families, empowering children and providing resources.

Part of the time was focused around Africa as a case study, guided by a team of Africans from within GCF.  A focal piece for this process was a group exploration of God’s work in children’s lives and the ways in which individual and collective activities can act to serve this work. Much time was spent listening to the Africans, rejoicing in their strengths, sharing their pain and celebrating their dreams. As Africans and non-Africans listened to each other, it resulted in some thoughtful and honest dialogue and repentance. (Source: GCF5 Report)

Throughout the GCF, it was emphasised that we are the Body of Christ, with one aim - reaching the world for Christ,” said Hanna, TWR’s representative at the meeting. “We all have different skills and unique talents, and should use them accordingly. We should also use these to help one another in areas where another lacks. Christ is the head of the Body, and we must always look to Him for leadership and direction. Through partnering with other organisations, we can meet needs that we have. We can also fulfil needs that other organisations have.”

An African collaboration of children’s ministries was started which will focus on three key needs: training, resources, and developing young leaders. Teams have begun to work on addressing these needs.

 

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