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Turning the hearts of Parents to Their Children: A Reflection from Malachi 4:6a.

Autor: Rev.Mathew N. Musyoki
Data: 13.06.2011
Category: Crianças e Jovens

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Along the Kenyan Coast Children are an endangered species. This is due to the early tourism exposure along the beaches amongst other causes. These have led to child prostitution, school dropping and later to drug addiction amidst other social problems. To combat this trend, the Kenyan government and the Nongovernmental organizations have laid down local strategies and significant results are being felt.

However amidst many other factors the church institution must be brought aboard. Through the church long term and life time results can be achieved, by transforming and reforming not only the child but the family institution as well.

The church therefore, whether deliberate or otherwise cannot sit and watch from the side shows, as that will be an indicator that the church may not be aware of  the in-depth of the issues facing our children. I tried to address part of this complex issue on 11/6/2011 during my Key note address at the Sai Rock Hotel during a Parents and Teachers Retreat organized by C.E.F Mombasa office.

One of the initiatives which C.E.F (Child Evangelism Fellowship) has set up is a program by the name CBS (Children Bible School), they launched this program a few years ago and are appealing to the churches around to adopt it. It is structured in a way that it brings both parents and teachers aboard as equal partners towards reaching the child.

The equilibrity of this program is solidly on both parties agreeing to work together at the local church level to initiate a conducive learning environment for the child in the church and at home.

In our gathering today, I drew the child as the common denominator between parents and the teachers. This called for an understanding of who the child is? Drawing my devotional thought from both Psalm 127:3-5 and Malachi 4:4:6. The following lessons were reached:

I. That Children are given by God and as such we cannot handle them effectively without consulting with the gift giver. This can be done by employing spiritual disciples in reference to God’s word.

II. That like an arrow children have targeted purpose in life which the teacher and the parent must aim at, the purpose is within God’s perfect will for every child.

III. That Children can produce great works for God, in the family, church and society, when an arrow hits its target an outcome is expected.

III. That children need to be straightened and sharpened by both parents and teachers. This can be done through usage of available resources, tools, personnel etc. and programs such as CBS.

A Call to Task: I challenge the church along the Kenyan coast and elsewhere to awaken to this reality and partner with C.E.F through her CBS program which is already yielding much fruit within 90 local churches.  We already know how much effort the Muslim fraternity is engaged towards Islamizing our local schools, we also know the dangers we are exposed to through recruitment of some of our youth’s to Al Shabab amongst other vigilantes.

Palavras-chave: Child, Children, Church, family, society

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Responder Bandeira 0 Gostou Não Gostou glandrum (0)
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This is truly a tragedy. My heart goes out to the young who are subjected to this.  Our children are the future leaders in the body of Christ. I pray that God intervenes and protects his children. 


08.12.2013
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Praise God the church is praying for the Kenyan children and their families! Thank you, Rev. Matthew, for sharing this article with the world. It reminds us of how important it is for the church and parents to work together to make sure that the children are nurtured to learn about God, His plan, and purpose for their lives and that they are to be protected from the evil one. C.E.F (Child Evangelism Fellowship) is a great ministry that provides opportunities for children to learn about God, teach them how to implement the Great Commission, etc. Psalm 127:3-5 and Malachi 4:4:6 are also reminders of how precious our children are and our responsibilities to them. We pray that the parents and government leaders’ hearts of Kenya and other unreached children and families’ hearts in the world will be soften to the Gospel message, that Jesus will visit them in dreams and visions, and that they will accept Christ as their Savior. We pray also that government leaders will see the need to take stronger measures to protect the Kenyan children and their families and meet their immediate needs. Blessings to you and your family, Rev. Matthew for accepting the challenge to pray for and minister to the people of Kenya.


01.04.2013
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Rev. Mathew, you are indeed facing a tremendous obstacle that many of us in the West are unfamiliar with and unprepared to give advice.    However, I agree with your assessment and encourage you to continue your efforts as you seek to reach these young ones.  As you do so, I and my local church will lift you and your programs in prayer, asking that the Holy Spirit will provide grace and protection amongst the children and adults that you are targeting.  I think the threat of Muslim prohibition against Christianity would be overwhelming, and would be enough to dissuade many others from attempting to continue the fight for Christianity.  Keep up the good work and we will continue to pray for you!!


24.11.2012
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I thank you for your article and pray that The Lord strenghs you in this task. Please, continue to do so. Children are very special in our Lord`s view. Let`s remember that Jesus said that their angels go to the presence of the Father.

May our Lord give you a long life and bless the work of your hands.


12.11.2012
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Thank you for your article. I have know about CEF for many years but am just starting to work more closely with them. Is there a website that gives more information about the Children Bible School? Is this something that is only available in Kenya? I would like to know more about it. Thank you for your help.


20.02.2012
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Responder Bandeira 0 Gostou Não Gostou Billy_Houze (0)
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I am pleased to learn of the 4/14 window for children.it appears to be relatively new in my region. I will be ago aging it strongly in my ministry. Thanks for the article.


25.11.2011
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First, I pray that God’s hand is with you as you continue on this mission. There are definitely many challenges before you.  I was taken aback by the fact that you called children an “endangered species.” Even though I have never heard them addressed in such a way, I am in complete agreement with you on this fact. As the world continues to shrink because of globalization (if it can get any smaller), there are just as many, if not more, negative effects as there are positive. That is why I think the C.E.F’s Children’s Bible School is a great program. First, I can see how involving the parents and teachers allows for a change within the child’s social structure and creates a support system for the child as he grows in the faith.  A child without a strong family and social structure supporting him or her as he or she makes life choices that go against the grain of the secular world, such as following Christ, is unable to grow and develop a firm foundation on which to stand. Also, by ignoring the 4/14 window and not reaching out to children with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we are (A) not teaching our children as Proverbs 22:6 instructs us and (B) we are allowing others to influence their spiritual development.  As The Children’s Team pointed out in their Advance paper “There Are No Unreached Children” here on the Lausanne Site, if the church does not reach out to children, other religious parties, political groups, and a number of other secular groups will lead them away from Christ. Lastly, I am in complete agreement with the fact that the program allows for children to be agents of change. Children CAN “produce great works for God” and its time the church recognizes this. Children talk to other children. Those children talk to their families and other children. Therefore, I believe children can be conversation starters. Why not allow them to start the conversation concerning the Good News within their social environment?  


08.10.2011
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Responder Bandeira 0 Gostou Não Gostou Lisa_Nagle (0)  
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Thank you for calling our attention to your CBS program in Kenya. Have you heard of the "4/14 Window"? It is demographic focus on children ages 4 to 14. If we can raise awareness, training and leaders to reach this age group then our leader development problem in the future would be alleviated. This is the time in a person’s life when they are open to the gospel. 

I lead the Parent and family track for the 4/14 Window movement. We mobilize leaders around the world to train and equip parents to disciple their children. It is daunting but programs like yours are a good model. 

Could you share more?


16.08.2011
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@ Lisa_Nagle:

Hi Lisa,


 


I had not heard of the 4/14 window; could you give me more information.  I began to research it after reading your comment and it does sound very interesting.  You also mention that you are teaching a parents track.  Where can I get the information/training that I could implement it into my local work?


16.08.2011
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@ wallison:

Yes, I would be glad to do so. I have several articles I could send you. Can we share emails? My email is "lisa@pacificlinkstudents.org"


 


blessings


Lisa


17.08.2011
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@ wallison:

Hi Wallison,


I accidently deleted your email request for more information on the 4/14 window. Could you resend me your email and I will send you information.


lisa@pacificlinkstudents.org


blessings,


Lisa


04.10.2011
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Responder Bandeira 0 Gostou Não Gostou Billy_Houze (0)
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The hope and  future of our church and community has to center itself in the training of children. Woe be unto us if we fail to spiritually educate or children. There potential is overwhelming.


03.10.2011
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What seems to be so simple for children can sometimes be extremely difficult for children. To say that children are our future, to what value are they now? If they are going to be our strength for tomorrow, should they not be allowed to have a keen sense of tonraining today? Growing up with a strong sense of purpose and direction only stands to create a system of value and especially as we do it along with church and family. Only here do children, parents, and church have the potential to the power of a true and connected family valued system.


03.10.2011
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I Totally agree, the church really need to take a stand to our and teach our children. We must train parents how to raise their kids in a Godly manner and in a godly home.


25.09.2011
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Responder Bandeira 0 Gostou Não Gostou Lisa_Nagle (0)  
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Have you heard about the 4/14 Window? This is a demographic frame describing the years between ages 4 and 14 (it extends up to 18). The term "4/14 Window" was introduced by Dr. Dan Brewster to highlight the importance of reaching children because they are more open to the Word of God. The goal of the 4/14 Window movement is to mobilize the body of Christ worldwide to invest in evangelizing, mentoring and rescuing the 4/14 Generation. 

I am the leader of the Parent and Family Track of the 4/14 Window Movement. Our role is to mobilize and equip leaders in Church and organization to train parents to disciple and train their children.

I appreciate your model and program in Kenya. Thank you for sharing it.


16.08.2011
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This program that you have which brings the parents, children and teachers together is a great concept. I pray that you get the support needed from the churches. A lot of times in church, we will not support each other. Instead of us coming together for a common goal, we will create a new wheel when all we need to do is help those  with their wheel. My prayers are with you.


13.07.2011
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Responder Bandeira 0 Gostou Não Gostou Matheo (1)
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@ lmorrison:

Thank for the idea on how much we spent our time re-iventing or cearting a new wheel all together to serve a common purpose and goal. That is a reality down the kenyan coast, where local churches, have gone to the point of of feeling self-reliant on  dry church porgamms with no relevancy and impact to our local setting, particularly amongst the children.


14.07.2011
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Responder Bandeira 0 Gostou Não Gostou Rapture7 (2)
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@ lmorrison:

I agree we need to help others with their wheel. Some people are so competive that they have their own wheel.


Rachel


15.07.2011
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I agree that the church, community, families and schools have to be formed but some of us have more access to communities, families and schools and we should take advantage of the opportunites to reach out in those areas and bring spiritual education that ties everyone together. As Abraham was taking on the responsbibility of being the Father of many nations which the Spiritual Father had promised, he also had to demonstrate a willingness to bring others into the equation. Let’s look and consult the Spirit of God as to how we can through the guidance of the Holy Spirit bring oneness to families, communites, churches and schools which will make a difference. I’m available, use me Lord.

Reggie


10.07.2011
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@ triedstone1009:

Thanks reggie for the comments and especially the point on bringing other partners aboard. The challenge however with broadening brackets is that without good structural organisation, programs can easily be diverted to meet other goals other than the primary intention. In this case CEF through CBS has opted to involve parents, sunday school teachers and pastors.


I think the other very important personnel left out is the school teachers, which in my opinion  within the local context it will be hard to as most schools along the kenyan coast run under observation of the Islamin ethos.


A good example would be one schooling which has been running under the affiliation of my church and ended up having a Muslim head teacher, its not been easy to change the status quo.


11.07.2011
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@ triedstone1009:

There are some things that I believe that are not meant to be together. Simply because they serve different purposes in the life of an individual. Often times the values of so many different entities can lead to confusion. For instance the teaching that takes place in the classroom is different than the teaching that takes place in the church. I know that we should work together but I think working together is everybody fulfilling their particular place in the life of a person without trying to get people to do the same thing. In other words let everybody fulfill their role!      


12.07.2011
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@ triedstone1009:

I agree triedstone, in order to be effective in the lives of our children, we must come together as a body of believes forsaking differcnes and share the commonality of being blood washed folk who want to impact our  children presently and generations to come.


12.07.2011
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@ Harley:

I like your dimension of views Harley, How do you supposse I could raise awareness to parents within our local churches as an benefiacary of CEF and CBS programmes?


14.07.2011
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@ Matheo:

I think that you must be intentional about reaching to the parents and really wanting to help the children. I would start with letting the parents know that you are concerned about what is taking place in the lives of the children in the particular area. Also I think that you must evaluate the needs of the parents as well. What is that you can do to help them (parents). I have discovered that people will tell you what they need without you trying to figure out what they need. I strongly believe that by helping the parent that you help the child. Many parents have been through difficult circumstances in life and everyone expect them to be a good parent without seeking help.     


14.07.2011
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@ triedstone1009:

I agree some people have access to the village concept of bringing family, community, church and school together than others to help children. People with these skills or opportunities need to do this under the leadership of the Holy Spirit.


Rachel


15.07.2011
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@ triedstone1009:

I agree some people have the ability or skills to bring the community, school, church, and parents together to help children more than others. If a person does, they need to use these skills and opportunities to help children.


Rachel


15.07.2011
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Being an educator, I find myself being more and more aware of a childs total development. I speak from the point how can a child learn if he or she is hungry or have been in a abusive home life. I feel if the church and the school can provide a stable foundation, the will grow both spritually as well as educationally. The old saying "it takes a village to rasie a child" is a true statement. the school, the community and family all play a vital part in a child’s development.


12.07.2011
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@ Phil9759:

I agree with the village concept. But as a leader within the local church. I have witnessed numerous times trying to help children who are in very challenging environments. I have discovered that if you help the parent that you can help the child. We fell to realize that because you have a child does not mean that you know how to be a parent. We have to be able to offer the parent some assistance. Just going in and removing the child does not fix the problem. We must have just as much concern for the parent as we do the child.     


13.07.2011
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It is inevitable that the family structrure be intact in order that children may have an opportunity in life. The church is to be a support to the family but not take the place of the family.The foundation of any child begins in the home. I do understand that different nations may not view this the same. I agree that you must do parental training. So many times the faults of the children are only an indication of what is taking place in the home.     


12.07.2011
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It is sad that tourism has caused so much damage to the children in Kenya. It is good that a Christian program have been set up to help stop the damage that has been done to children. When you are in a country where there is an Islamic influence getting God’s word out in order to have an influence in school and goals is very impotant. Other countries can learn from you. The program you have in place for children and Christianity is a good role model for all of us. Keep up the good work.

Rachel


11.07.2011
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@ Rapture7:

Thank you Rachel for feeling with us and shedding light on how this program can further be improved to fit within schools. The challenge for the CEF however lies on creating awareness within the local churches to embrace the Chidren Bible School program.


11.07.2011
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I enjoyed your article, however I think your argument omits the gestalt voice.  We cannot forget that our children are influenced by the community, the church, the family, and their school and as we search for ways of forming our children we must also find ways to form those things that have great influence on our children.


05.07.2011

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