Scriptures for Children
Working in: Armenia, Dominican Republic, Egypt, India, Peru and Romania.
Children are precious to Jesus. During his ministry on earth, he emphasized the importance of bringing the children to him, saying, “Do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 19.14). Unfortunately, millions of children today are prevented from knowing Jesus and His love due to obstacles such as poverty, persecution and illiteracy. Through the following programs, the Canadian Bible Society (CBS), in partnership with other Bible Societies, is providing children the opportunity to encounter Jesus through the Bible.
Since the introduction of religious education into the Public School curriculum in Armenia, the teachers charged with this duty have been asking for help with providing Bibles (most of them don’t have their own Bibles) and training. The Bible Society in Armenia has initiated a Bible distribution and training program to equip Public School and Sunday School teachers with biblical materials and the knowledge to help them teach God’s Word effectively to young schoolchildren.
“We are grateful to the Bible Society for the help we have had in previous years. All materials produced by the Bible Society are of good quality and we trust them, knowing that these books can be used for children with various religious backgrounds.” – Solvita, Teacher
There are approximately 120,500 orphaned children in the Dominican Republic. When factoring in children with absentee parents, the figure is even higher (580,781). These children are growing up without guidance, love and care – not knowing that they have worth and are loved. But the Bible Society program, Your Father is God, is changing that. Over the next three years, the Bible Society will work with government-registered orphanages to reach 15,000 orphaned or abandoned children with God’s Word and the message of God’s love and hope.
Kingo is the Arabic version of Kingsley’s Meadows, a video series produced by the American Bible Society. Kingo has become so popular among Egyptian children that the Bible Society in Egypt is now using the character to share Bible stories and demonstrate the relevance of God’s Word in situations children face every day.
Two out of three children in Peru live in poverty, and 17.5% of children under the age of five suffer from chronic malnutrition. These children have little or no access to education and are often victims of domestic violence. With so many obstacles in their way, they have little hope of escaping their life of poverty. Thanks to the support of many, over 5,000 children in Peru have now received holistic care with a daily nutritious breakfast, Bible classes and an introduction to the Gospel and Christian values through the Bread of Life program.
Children with Down Sydrome (DS) are often overlooked by society. They don’t receive equal opportunities because of their struggles to adapt socially. In Romania, children with DS are oftentimes left in the care of their mothers. Recognizing the need of children with DS and their parents’ struggles, the Bible Society developed a program that provides a community for them, centred around learning the Bible through activities such as skits, camps and workshops.
To donate via cheque, please make your cheque payable to Canadian Bible Society, and mail it to 10 Carnforth Road, Toronto, ON, M4A 2S4. Donations of $10.00 or more will be receipted immediately for online donations, and at year-end for telephone and mail donations.