Scriptures for Children
Working in: Armenia, Chile, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Haiti, India, Peru, and Rwanda.
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
A 2017 article by the Santiago Times revealed that reports on sexual assault in Chile increased by 8.1%* from January to September, compared to the same period from the previous year. Of these, more than 75% were perpetrated against children under 18. The Bible Society in Chile, in its effort to prevent child sexual abuse, launched the program, Born to Love. The program provides Bible-based training and resources promoting family life and self-care. It also addresses bullying and school violence and the protection of children and youth with learning disabilities.
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.
Children (18 and under) make up more than half of Haiti’s population. Unfortunately, because of poverty, many are unable to go to school, resulting in the country’s very low literacy rate of 61% (compared to the region’s average rate of 91%). Through Scriptures for Schoolchildren, the Bible Society is helping shape the country’s next generation by providing Scripture materials to children ages 8-13 and helping them learn how to read. As they learn to read, these children will also learn about God’s love and His wonderful plan for their future.
“There’s a child, born to parents who have been poor for generations, not allowed to educate themselves or their children, ostracized from main society for centuries. There’s another child, born to some parents, but left with none, thrown in a dumpster, or left in a park, to die or to survive on its own, no idea where to get food from, or even how to get food, nowhere to go, and no one to love him/her.” (Orphans in India** by Poulomi Pavini)
It’s the kind of life 30 million orphaned and abandoned children in India are introduced to. Through our partnerships with Christian orphanages and the Bible Society in India, we aim to reach 250,000 orphaned and abandoned children with the message that they have worth and that Jesus is the true Friend who will not abandon them. We pray that, through God’s Word, these children will find a sense of belonging and worth and will go on to live hope-filled and productive lives.
The Bible Society in India reported:
“We have found that, in many cases, the children who eventually leave the (Christian) orphanages either go for higher studies supported by church programs or find employment. Those who found employment remained faithful and became instruments in sharing the Gospel with others. Many of the teachers and pastors who lead in the Christian orphanages were formerly orphans themselves. This speaks of their commitment and the great impact the Word of God has had in their lives.”
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.
Most street children come from extreme poverty or were orphans who saw the street as a better alternative to the environment they were living in. Many of them lived in the poorest and most disreputable slums, ferreting around in dustbins in search of food. For some, their rights were violated by their parents in the form of corporal punishment and other forms of abuse. On the streets, they are vulnerable to police violence, rape, and sometimes prostitution. They also suffer from various health problems due to lack of food and nutrition, and exposure to the elements. On top of that, they don’t receive education.
Through Christian organizations who run care centres, many street children are given the opportunity to grow up in a safe and caring environment. The Bible Society in Rwanda partners with these organizations to bring God’s Word to these children who are desperate to know that they have worth and there is hope for their future.