Bringing Sunday School to Unchurched Kids
Children’s Sunday school is a great way to teach Bible basics, native missionaries in Burma (Myanmar) reasoned, so why not use it to evangelize?
The high-energy games, songs and Bible stories were irresistible to children from Christian families, so why wouldn’t they be just as fun for other kids? The missionaries trained Bible college students to go out on Sunday mornings and invite children, most of them from Buddhist families, to what they called Good News Club.
The Sunday school movement’s purpose was to reach out to Buddhist children with the gospel, so that in turn the kids would share with their parents how to know the true and living God.
Parents were happy to send their kids to an activity that was social, fun and educational, and over the course of a year the Bible college students were able to hold children’s Sunday school sessions in 26 places throughout the community.
The purpose was to reach out to Buddhist children with the gospel, so that in turn the kids would share with their parents how to know the true and living God.
At the end of the year, they organized a combined club meeting for all 26 Sunday school groups. About 240 children attended, some bringing parents who saw them singing songs full of body movement, reciting Bible verses, acting out group challenges and playing other games.
“They were provided a big lunch and were taught the way of salvation,” the ministry leader said. “All the children had heard God’s salvation plan several times, and all professed Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. The most rewarding part was that those parents who came on that day heard about God’s great salvation.”
The students and native missionaries are following up with the grateful families each Sunday.
“We thank God for this kind of opportunity to reach out to the Buddhist children as well as their parents,” the leader said.
Like other native ministries in Southeast Asia, the missionaries also engage in the more conventional personal witnessing, gospel tracts distribution, house-to-house visitation and open-air preaching. In one two-week period, they reached about 2,000 people with the gospel and distributed more than 8,500 gospel tracts, the ministry leader said. As a result, 300 people put their faith in Christ.
“We thank God that 25 people took water baptism boldly,” the leader said. “The gospel truth has been planted in the hearts of many people. We praise the Lord for this outreach opportunity and give God all the glory.”
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