FOCUS ON THE NEXT GENERATION
There are 2.3 billion children on earth under the age of 15 and they represent the largest unreached people group in the world. Nearly 85% of people who make a decision for Christ do so between the ages of 4 and 14. As a Fellowship, it is important that we prioritize the next generation and continuously ask God to help us in reaching this younger age group at a time in their lives when they are most open and receptive to the gospel.
You may find it interesting to note that while the population under age 15 in Canada is only 16%, the population under 15 in Niger is 52%, followed by Uganda with 48%. It is also interesting to note that the median age in Canada is 41.2 while in Zambia it is only 16.5 and globally, 28.4. [Source www.globalhealthfacts.org]. As we consider future trends, nearly all future population growth will be in the world’s less developed countries -see chart.. The need for global mission workers is greater than ever, with a passion and heart to reach the young.
We must be intentional in our strategies to reach and disciple children in our own Jerusalem, our Judea, Samaria and around the globe. It is important that we pray, that we give and that we go, in order for a younger generation to hear and experience the good news of Jesus Christ. Join others around the globe on Sunday, April 14 to pray for children in the age 4/14 window. A sermon, inspiring global worker story, and loads of great resources are provided below.
Sunday, April 14, 2013 is Global 4/14 Day – a day set aside globally to focus on and to pray for the next generation. One million Christians praying for two billion children! Join with us and others who are part of the 4/14 Window Movement. To find out more, click here.
Videos: It’s Time to Wake Up! and This Changes Everything
Video: 4/14 Window Summit in Singapore
Video: Empowering the Next Generation
Book: Raising Up a New Generation from the 4/14 Window to Transform the World (Luis Bush)
This video taken in El Salvador captures how a child’s life can be transformed when they hear the good news of the Gospel and surrender their lives to Jesus. Miracles happen and lives are transformed as our PAOC global workers around the world answer the call to minister to the next generation. Let’s partner in prayer, both for our workers who focus on reaching children and for children all around the globe who need to be introduced to Christ. Click here to see what it looks like to reach and disciple kids in Central America.
Take up the April 30-Days of Prayer Challenge for the Next Generation at your local church, in your home, or with your small group or neighbours. If you are burdened for the next generation, let’s lift our voices in corporate prayer to the Lord.
Click here to download:
30-Day Prayer Calendar
30-Days of Prayer Promotional Poster
View this colourful poster to see what PAOC global workers are doing around the world to minister and reach children. Post it in your church as a reminder to pray every day for children here at home and around the world. Click here to download colour version or black/white version. To request additional printed colour copies, email email@example.com.
APRIL PRAYER FOCUS
For The Next Generation to be reached for Christ and His purposes
Pray that young people, especially those between the ages of 4 and 14, will have many opportunities to hear the gospel clearly explained, and will believe in Christ and confess Him as their Lord and Saviour.
Pray that they will grow in their relationship with God and in His grace and knowledge.
Pray that the next generation would hold God’s Word as absolute truth and have great love for it.
Pray that they will have the wisdom, courage and strength to resist temptations and anything that can draw their hearts and lives away from God.
Pray that the next generation will be committed to living out God’s plans and purposes and will share their faith with boldness.
To download monthly Pray Every Day bookmarks, click here.
To order monthly Pray Every Day bookmarks with accompanying scripture themes, click here
For monthly Prayer Points and scripture, click here.
Teach a younger generation to pray using the fingers on their hand. Click here to find out how.
Throw and Tell Prayer Ball A fun-filled resource that prompts kids and helps them learn to pray with purpose. Click here for more info. Call Wordcom today to order at 905.542.7400 x.4248 or email
The Fire Bible for Kids is the first-ever study Bible with an emphasis on the Holy Spirit written especially for kids ages 8-12.
Encourage parents to consider the Fire Bible as a valued birthday gift or an end-of-school year graduation gift. Invest in a quantity of Fire Bibles for use in your children’s discipleship teaching times at church. Contact Wordcom to purchase today or to talk about bulk pricing discounts.
MEGA Sports Camp Breaking Free
New for 2013!
Begin planning a summer MEGA Sports Camp outreach in your community – new theme for 2013… BREAKING FREE! This kit includes all the materials you need to coach soccer, basketball, cheerleading, and flag football. Choose to offer as few or as many sports as you wish. This resource is flexible and will empower your church to reach your community for Christ! Click here for more details.
Message Outline: April 14 Big Plans for Little People
Share with your congregation the importance of reaching children both in Canada and around the world. Click here for the sermon outline for April 14, the Global Day of Prayer and Fasting for the 4/14 Window.
E-LIFE Witnessing Tool Encourage kids to share their faith with others anytime and anywhere with the fun-to-fold E-LIFE witnessing tool. A child flips through the continuously folding card to read and share the steps of salvation. Click to read more. To order Ministry Now or the E-LIFE Witnessing Tool for kids, call Wordcom Christian Resources at 905.542.7400 x4248 or email .
Teach kids how to share their faith through ministry involvement. This curriculum series for elementary age children helps kids discover how God will use them in ministry to see people’s lives changed.They'll learn that ministry begins by following Jesus. Click to read more.
Children's Ministry Conferences. Connect with others who are reaching the next generation. Listen, learn, be inspired, equipped and resourced for what God has called you to. Click on the links below to consider attending a conference in Canada this year:
In BC in April
Children’s Ministry Pastors Dale and Carolyn Ruttan, along with their three adolescent children, answer the call to serve the children of Honduras in spreading the Gospel. It all started while on an anniversary cruise. Click here to read this incredible story of God’s leading.
Give to PAOC projects that involve reaching children, or to a global worker who is working directly with the next generation. Visit www.paoc.org/donate and search “CHILDREN”. You can give in just a few quick and easy steps.
Developing a Child’s Worldview
A way for children in our Fellowship to develop a Christian worldview is by being matched with a ChildCARE Plus (CCP) child in need. Families can go to ERDO, read the profiles of over 50 children who are in need of sponsors, and select one special child to begin an amazing journey. When you choose to sponsor a child, you’ll receive a photo and details about his/her life together with a welcome letter. As a family, you can pray and watch him or her grow through annual updates. For more information, watch our video and explore our website
ChildCARE Plus and Churches
Church leaders can inspire congregants to sponsor children:
-Send the information with the links above to individuals and families in your church
-invite a guest-speaker from ERDO or a CCP location
-post a link to ERDO’s new Child Sponsorship pages on your website
-use social media to share our Facebook posts or “tweet” our ChildCARE Plus and other ERDO news
Visit the new “For Churches” section to help in promoting ChildCARE Plus. Here you’ll find downloadable colour materials like posters and church bulletin covers. Our events page also has ideas on fun ways that individuals, families and churches can get involved in changing the lives of children.
ERDO and ChildCARE Plus are part of the PAOC family. Many of our global workers are involved directly in the lives of ChildCARE Plus kids.