Methods Of Child Evangelism
– by Louis Van Tonder
How does CEFSA introduce evangelism into schools?
CEF have a programme that we call Target A Town. Once a year we will identify a town in South Africa. We will then visit all the primary schools in that area and arrange with them to be part of the week long programme. CEF will pick the week just after the exams to do this for the reason that all teachers are busy marking the exam papers and don’t have time to attend to the children. They are very thankful for CEF, working with the children and teaching the Gospel to the children. This also open opportunities for the CEF ministries to establish Afterschool Good News Clubs.
Can CEFSA go into all schools to preach the Gospel?
There is definitely a huge opportunity to teach the Gospel in primary schools. CEFSA works in 121 of the 14500 primary schools of South Africa. We pray for more workers and leaders who can be trained by CEF to do work in the primary schools in their communities.
How does CEFSA infiltrate the youth of South Africa?
We have a special programme for youth that we call Christian Youth In Action®. It is a programme designed to train a team of young people in effective and engaging ways to teach children about God. They will attend training where they will learn to present the Gospel clearly on a child’s level, counsel a child for salvation, and lead a dynamic club ministry for kids. Components of this club include teaching a Bible lesson, a real-life missionary story, and a Bible verse as well as leading songs, games, and a fun review time. After this training, they will return to their local community and teach clubs at various locations with a team of other young people.
How do you handle the different age groups?
When we do training with people who feel called to reach out to children, we have a session where we teach the student about the different age groups, their attention span, and how to accommodate the child by developing the lesson according to the age group.
How do you reach the really young?
We have developed a seminar on how to work with pre-school children. CEF have the most amazing material available that can be used for pre-school children. The 3-5 year olds will also do more activities during the time of teaching to them.
Do you incorporate fun ways to bring across the Gospel?
Definitely. At CEF we use fun and games to teach children a memory verse, Bible story, and review. There is a saying “You can get a child to do anything when you are making fun of it”.
How do you strategise getting through to all the schools in SA?
We are using different ways of media, promotions, and programmes. The most effective way is to have a one on one visit with school principals. When we show them our teaching material and methods of teaching, it normally opens the door to minister into a school with Biblical teaching during school assemblies, After School Good News Clubs®, and 5 Day Clubs®. We constantly look for, train, and equip volunteers to help us with this big task. We also get churches involved to adopt a school in their area. This also helps the church to establish a basis for future growth.
Is there a follow up procedure once children have accepted Christ?
We have a weekly Good News Club® that the children can attend. When we work in an area we will tell churches about our outreach and will then encourage children to go to those churches.
JOY! Magazine (April 2017)