Global Children’s Forum – 2013 in review

by BeckyD on December 5, 2013

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We have much to be thankful for as we review what God has done through GCF this year. The following is just a sample of what has been happening. Please join with us as we celebrate!

  • GCF5 in Nairobi, Kenya gathered 135 people together (about half of them from Africa) to work on our projects and explore how God works in the lives of children and build new partnerships.Jesus in the center
  • Local partnering initiatives for children took place in Liberia, Uganda, Togo, Europe, the Middle East, Australia and the USA.
  • Plans are well underway for Family Conversations in Australia, Africa, the UK, USA and India. These will be regional gatherings of influential people, thought leaders and organisational leadership to explore a coordinated local response to the issues facing family.
  • A Children-at-Risk advocacy stream was initiated. This group will support Menchit Wong as she serves the Lausanne Congress on World Evangelism as the Senior Associate for Children-at-Risk. Anne-Christine Bataillard continues to advocate as the Senior Associate for Children’s Evangelism.
  • We have begun preparing to represent Children’s Ministry at the World Evangelical Alliance General Assembly in October 2014.
  • 2 Global Trainer’s Summits were held by 1for50.  The primary one was held in Bogota following the gcmEQUIP conference and the second, held in Bangkok following the 4/14 Global Summit.
  • 1for50 is now active in over 25 countries – sharing the vision and training children’s workers.
  • The one-year Aim Lower Leadership Experience for experienced children’s ministry workers has continued to take shape.  A curriculum group met for 5 days in September and developed its content around 4 main themes: theological foundations, contextual issues, spiritual formation of children and leadership. It is hoped that the first group of young leaders will begin the program in 2015.
  • A KidsHubTV training was run in Oct involving people from Egypt, Lebanon, South Africa, Cameroon, Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi, Nigeria, Liberia, India, a neighbour and the USA. KidsHub media
  • Filming was completed on a 13 episode Indian KidsHubTV series. It will be aired on TV from Christmas onwards and will be distributed with 13 related lessons via DVD to churches across India. TV episodes were also filmed in Nepal and Togo.
  • Although the KidsHubTV team in Madagascar has had to stop broadcasting due to lack of funds, the team continue to do amazing work using Max7 as they lead hundreds of clubs around the country and run weekly training for leadersK
  • KidsHubs camps were run in Uganda and Togo and clubs were held in several locations in Africa, the Middle East and central Asia. These have trained children in media, gardening, computers, English, cooking, sports and crafts while connecting them with loving adults and helping them to follow Jesus.
  • A Max7 summit meeting in October looked at how the site can be adapted to meet changing needs and make it easier to use. A trial version of the initial changes will be ready for launching at the GCF meetings in June, 2014.
  • The AimLower Journal was launched with the first edition distributed at GCF5. Articles in Journal coverthe Journal will explore the importance of children’s ministry, working together and giving freely, children’s faith development and new resources.

Thank you for partnering with us on the journey. We can’t wait to see what God has in store next year! 

Always be joyful.
Never stop praying.
Be thankful in all circumstances,
for this is God’s will for you
who belong to Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18

timothy Agbai December 26, 2013 at 10:35 pm

the truth is that we have more things or reasons to give thanks to God for than we can remember .here in Nigeria allot is happen in the area of children workers development and the involvement of christian professionals like christian teachers,proprietors of christian schools etc in winning kids for Christ in line wit 1for 50.

Eddy Kalisa June 13, 2015 at 11:05 am

We are a charitable children orientated in Rwanda called global child Rwanda.
We are interested working and cooperate with you and sharing with you.
we are therefore, taking this chance to invite you, and direct us we can partner.
thank you
Eddy

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