Children At Risk Forum – May 2017

by BeckyD on June 21, 2017

In 14-17 May 2017, about 80 global influencers gathered at Lancaster Bible College, located in Pennsylvania, USA, for The Second Lausanne Forum on Children at Risk. The goal of the forum was to promote sustained collaborative action within the global church community and to respond to both the Quito Call to Action and the Lausanne Occasional Paper on Children at Risk (produced at the Quito Consultation on Children at Risk in November 2014). the various participants joined with the CAR issue network to respond to these foundational documents and to collaboratively discover ways ‘to educate, unify, and mobilize the global church to mission to, for, and with children at risk . . . empowering them as vulnerable agents of God’ (Quito Call to Action).

 

Much of the time was spent in 5 action groups – children on the move (refugees), reframing the CAR paradigm, amplifying children’s voices, multiplying training programs, regional forums. These work groups were grounded in the realities of Children at Risk by regularly reviewing many pictures and letters coming from children in difficult circumstances which were gathered by the participants. Please continue praying for this group as they work to help the church fulfil its calling to care for “the least of these”.

CAR steering committee

 

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7th Annual 1for50 Global Retreat

by BeckyD on June 21, 2017

We have much to celebrate in the 1for50 movement as God continues to expand our vision, raise up more, energized leaders, and provide us with new opportunities, all for the sake of giving every child in every community all around the world the opportunity to know Jesus and follow him for a lifetime!

Annual Retreat

The 7th Annual 1for50 Global Retreat took place in Nairobi, Kenya May 22-25, 2017. Ninety-five leaders from twenty nations laughed, dreamed, learned and worked together to move the 1for50 dream forward in their countries and regions. It was the largest global retreat in the movement’s history, almost doubling last year’s retreat attendance. Even more exciting… over half of the attendees were new the movement!

Over the past year, the 1for50 global leadership team (now comprised of 11 individuals representing 7 nations) has been asking the question, “What is needed for the next stage of 1for50 growth and multiplication?” Discussions and prayer around this question led us to develop several key ideas and tools, which we presented at last month’s retreat.

Refocused Vision: The vision of 1for50 has always been to reach and disciple children in lasting ways. This is still our vision, but God has led us to put a stronger emphasis on partnering with children. We believe that true discipleship of children should lead to children themselves becoming disciple-makers. This refocused vision is now reflected in the 1for50 Hand and Vision Documents, and in the coming months, we will be adding a new lesson on partnering with children in the TWELVE training curriculum.

1for50 Roles and Pathways of Involvement: We also want to more effectively support leaders in the movement as well as set up better systems for communication and reporting. This led us to intentionally define 4 key roles within the movement: the “One,” trainer, master trainer, and regional champion (while also recognizing that other roles exist to keep the movement moving forward such as resource writers, financial supporters, etc.)

We submitted drafts of these roles and the pathways of involvement to the participants at the retreat. Workgroups discussed the drafts, asked important questions and provided valuable insight and ideas. The leadership team plans to take this feedback and finalize the role documents by the end of June 2017.

Covenant of Commitment: Along with the roles, we asked participants to give feedback on a 1for50 Covenant of Commitment. The covenant provides a way to intentionally invite people into the movement, providing them with a sense of belonging and that we are serious in our commitment to reach and disciple children for Christ.

The 1for50 App: 1for50 now has an app (which can be downloaded from both the Apple Store and Google Play). The app is still very early in its development, but we hope it will become a great tool for local connection, encouragement and reporting.

Participants spent several sessions the last two days of the retreat developing 1for50 action plans for their nations/regions. Sixteen plans were submitted to the leadership team with 12 training events already added to the 1for50 calendar! Members of the global team will be following up with leaders from each nation to encourage and support them as they implement their plans. Regional champions are also being identified and will help to support leaders as they follow God’s lead.

We rejoice in all that God has done and is doing, and we look forward with anticipation to all he will do in the days ahead.

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GCF Leadership Experience – Applications now open for 2018

June 21, 2017

What is the Leadership Experience? It is a unique one-year course that provides the opportunity for children’s ministry leaders to learn together with others from around the globe. It is designed and facilitated by the Global Children’s Forum, a collaboration of Christian child-focused organisations who recognise the need to develop the next generation of leaders […]

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Children Praying for their Families

April 3, 2017

Did you know that every child can be an agent of hope in their families, communities, and their church and in the world? Yes, even your child can be someone that can bring hope to someone. God can use every child just like he uses adults to serve with Him in His redemptive plan for […]

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Kid’s Hub Gala Day

March 27, 2017

Children in Kampala, Uganda gathered for a special Children’s Gala for Hope. Edwin who works with children in his hometown said the annual Gala day is “a way of reaching out to children in schools and communities. Making Jesus famous in a creative way. This year our focus was child violence in schools. We trained […]

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Try a Music Hub

March 27, 2017

Emmanuel in Kampala, Uganda loves music. He wondered how he could use his skills to disciple the children in his church. He combined his passion for Jesus with his passion for music and a MUSIC HUB was birthed. Thirty children attended for 14 days and finished the program by putting on a performance for their church […]

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A Neighborhood Kids Hub

March 27, 2017

A Neighborhood Hub in the USA has been captivating local kids with hands-on activities and craft while making disciples. plasticine-mary-josephThe group of children retold the Christmas story in whatever creative way they chose. Modelling clay, toothpicks, pipe cleaners and ice cream sticks were just some of the resources the children made use of. If you […]

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1 for 50 Indonesia Training Goes Beyond Expectations

March 27, 2017

Last month the first-ever 1for50 Facilitator-Level Training took place in Indonesia. The outcome exceeded everyone’s expectations! On the last day of the training, groups worked on key focus areas for the coming year. As they shared their ideas, groups began to merge and within an hour they had a solid plan for moving 1for50 forward […]

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Portugese Kids Hub Materials Available

November 15, 2016

Do you speak Portuguese? KidsHub lessons on Puppetry, Drama, Arts & Crafts and a helpful training guide called ‘Learning through Games’ are now ready for download on KidsHubs.com and Max7.org.The Portuguese resources were translated by a volunteer and donated back to the KidsHub / Max7 community to share. Can you translate from English into another […]

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New Resource Gathering in November

October 18, 2016

In recent months the GCF facilitation team have seen afresh how all the activities we are involved in are a part of the wider vision of seeing children everywhere walking with Jesus. We have begun a process of creating a common expression of our vision and a common core of resources which will enhance all […]

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