In this issue, we have examples of how members of the Anabaptist Mennonite family are making a place for children in their local churches around the world.
The children are truly well catered for during these BICC Zimbabwe General Conferences. Though the ministry may face insufficient resources, children’s programs and performance during these conferences are always events to remember.
A word to parents: As much as secular education is important, so is Christian education to our children. One world musician once said there is no other firm foundation of life a child needs than that one can gain from being groomed at church.
To children: Jesus Christ is our life long friend. Be a friend of Jesus and you will add very good valuable friends in your life. Jesus loves you.
A short prayer:
For these three things I pray:
To seek you more sincerely
To love you more dearly
To follow you more nearly
(From “Day by Day,” attributed to Richard of Chichester)
—Submitted by Mqhele Jubane (“Jubs” to the children), has been involved in children’s ministry since 1999 at Mtshabezi Mission, running children’s programs in the local mission church and in the seven preaching points around the mission.
A sample prayer for thanking God:
Father God, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, thank you for the day. Thank you for all that we see around us, the animals and birds, our sources of water and the sun. All these show us who you are.
Thank you, Lord.
Thank you, Jesus our Saviour, that you died for us so that we can go to heaven. Jesus, my Saviour, I believe in you.
Thank you, in Jesus’ name.
—submitted by Simangaliso Ncube, children’s pastor at Brethren in Christ Church Lobengula Zimbabwe for the past 9 years.
This article first appeared in Courier/Correo/Courrier April 2019.