An Unusual Easter Party

When communities come together, relationships get strengthened. Sometimes preceded by challenges, that need reconciliation. Healed relationships help build community, which then enables it to focus on their most vulnerable members…their children.  This is one such story:

In the heart of Kandeh Town (West Africa) where we have an active CHE program, a vibrant celebration took place this Easter. It was a gathering filled with purpose and hope, aimed at guiding children away from paths that do not honor God and towards a future filled with faith and fellowship. The decision to organize an Easter party for the children of the church and the wider community was born out of a deep concern for their spiritual well-being. Many children in the area were spending their holidays in environments that exposed them to influences contrary to Christian values, including the allure of secret societies.

One remarkable example of the transformation that occurred is the story of Abu, whose father initially opposed his involvement in church activities. Through the generosity of the ministry’s outreach efforts, Abu received a gift box filled with valuable items, which not only delighted him but also softened his father’s heart. Witnessing the positive impact of the Easter party, Abu’s father, who is an Imam, now supports his son’s attendance at church services, marking a significant shift in their family dynamics.

The change in the children’s lives was evident through various indicators, including the need to create additional classes to accommodate their growing enthusiasm for Bible study and prayer. They embraced a newfound sense of community, exhibiting friendliness, obedience to their parents, and eagerness to help at home, and in church activities.

The CHE leaders observed significant transformations taking place among the children. Physically, they were growing in confidence, while spiritually, they were actively engaging with their faith, attending church, reading their Bibles, and opening up emotionally to their families and mentors. Socially, they were forming bonds with their peers, studying together, and sharing their experiences. The impact of these changes was profound, leading to a newfound sense of belonging and purpose within the community. As we have said before, “Children are the future in the present.” Focusing on children helps the community become future focused!

Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Matthew 19:14. We need to teach children what we learn so that they can spread the love of Jesus Christ when we are no longer around.  This requires proactive effort and needs attention when the window of receptiveness (ages 4 to 14 years) is open.