What age were you when you made a commitment to serve Christ? The statistics show that you were likely a child or a teen.
In their 2004 study of almost 1,000 American born again Christians, the Barna Research Group found that 2 out of 3 Christians had accepted Jesus before the age of 18. Furthermore, those who made decisions for Christ before the age of 13 were more likely to be “absolutely committed” as adults.
Missionaries and workers in other countries have long believed in the importance of training children. Consider these ministries worldwide:
A sister ministry of Shiloh Bible College in Myanmar is Beulah Preschool, teaching Bible verses, stories, and songs to young children, many of whom are from Buddhist families.
Our Haitian Church has six Christian schools , three of which benefit from our Foodbank program.
Summer Youth Camp in the Eastern Caribbean and Vacation Bible Schools in the Cayman Islands are highlights each summer.
Village ministry in Ghana includes teaching the children about Jesus.
Of course, the most compelling reason for evangelizing children is Jesus’ own example. In Matthew 19:14, He said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”