After Paul and Marty moved to Lodja in February of 2007, Marty noticed that there was virtually nothing being done with the children on the mission station or the nearby villages. She decided to initiate a children’s Bible lesson each Wednesday afternoon after school. Bibles stories are told to children between the ages of 6 and 12 using felt graphics. They memorize scripture, color Bible pictures and then have a play time outside the mission church.
The response of the children to this ministry was wonderful and made it clear that a tremendous need was being met and that it should be taken to villages beyond the immediate reach of the mission station at Lodja. Preparations began to train children’s workers and equip them with felt graphic sets and bicycles to enable them to take the Children’s Ministry to 3 or 4 surrounding villages each. The hope is to be able to reach 12 to 15 additional villages in this way and therefore some 3000 children on a weekly basis.
Partners have responded to this need and 4 additional sets of felt graphics are now on the field and 4 bicycles have been purchased and shipped to Lodja. The next step is to identify the workers and begin their training.
The current and ongoing needs of this vital ministry include: