For many of us, attending Vacation Bible School or other Bible clubs was a large part of our childhood. We would see friends, make crafts, play games, and learn more about God. Stories of Moses fleeing Egypt, Noah building the ark, God providing the Ten Commandments and of course the birth of Jesus Christ, were taught alongside Bible verses, as a way to help us understand the importance of the Bible and the love of God, as we walk forward in our journey.
Bible clubs play a significant role in a child’s life as they are able to learn more about God, and how He has made us in His image. Through learning about God with other kids, children are able to understand how they can show love towards others through sharing, communicating, and working together. They are also able to understand who they are in Christ, allowing them to be able to apply that knowledge to their everyday lives, and build self-esteem and confidence.
Children hold a special place in the heart of God, as in Luke 18:16 Jesus says,
“[…] Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”
In many countries around the world, churches struggle to be able to provide Bible Clubs, due to resources, expenses and support. Children are therefore unable to learn about the Bible in a safe space that is specifically created to help them grasp the stories and lessons that it provides. Our team has been working in several countries in order to help churches start and maintain Bible Clubs for kids, and we have been able to witness amazing things as children are able to learn that they are unconditionally loved.
Due to the influence of the former Soviet party, religious teachings were denied, causing much of this generation (20% of the population of Armenia) to not know who God is. With the return of democracy, we have been able to reenter the country and help those who are struggling know just how precious they are.
We are looking forward to what God has in store for Armenia.