May 2018

“The shoes of over a hundred children lined the front porch steps, as heavy rains drove the group indoors for the last two days of Vacation Bible School in this Asian country.

Children and youth here are sometimes banned from reading the Bible in their home, under the threat of being kicked out by their parents. But these children come to Christ knowing that persecution­—even from family—is possible. And God is using Vacation Bible School and other children’s ministries to start more than 90 percent of the churches in this country. Parents notice a difference in their children, and they start to realize this is not just another religion. Sometimes, parents stand at the back of VBS and just listen to what is being taught. Many will place their faith in Christ. Later, a new church is planted. When children come to Christ in this country, it fosters a vision for planting new churches.”

Formerly a longtime pastor in Indiana with a passion for youth and missions, Jim Cook serves as the head of ABWE’s Next Generation Ministry, equipping children’s ministry leaders, supporting missionary kids, and working with children in crisis. Jim and his wife, Susan, write curriculum for local church ministries around the world, and train local leaders in how to implement children’s ministries that evangelize and disciple children and youth.

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