Training Children’s Workers
Recently, Tamitha and Jordan had the opportunity to visit Guayaquil (a large city on the coast of Ecuador) and help teach in a training session for children’s ministers from a variety of local churches. This conference, led by Danny and Peggy Thornton, offered a free, week-long training session to 600 people. Tamitha and Jordan were able to teach about using music and games in children’s ministry. It was great to see the people getting into learning the motions and playing the messy games. More importantly, it was great to talk with many individually, who shared that they had learned many things that would be helpful in improving their children’s ministry.
At the end of the day, the conference attendants dressed up as either a mime, clown or held a puppet. Then we all, more than 600 strong, marched several blocks through the heart of the city to reach the boardwalk. At the boardwalk, they practiced their newly learned skills doing outdoor evangelism, setting a precedent for the first Christian group to be granted permission for such an event in this location. Forty-five people accepted Christ as a result of this outreach.
This has opened the door for our team to travel to other locations and help with such training events. Tamitha was recently asked to serve as the leader for the 4/14 Window Network within our region of Ecuador. This means organizing more training events for those working in children’s ministry and helping to assure that each church recognizes the importance of reaching the children for Christ.