TWR Brings Hope for the Future to Burundi's Children
TWR Africa started the year off with great momentum in Burundi with the launch of its children's ministry "Project Samuel" in the landlocked, East African nation. At the launch 160 children, teachers, Sunday School teachers, churches and other child-related organisations were informed about TWR's "Amazi y'Ubugingo" (Witness at the Water) radio programme in the Kirundi language and given resources to use alongside the programme.
Sub-Saharan Africa is the youngest region of the world with nearly half the population under the age of 15. The opportunity to reach children is vast. From pre-school to school-aged teenagers, and from the cities to rural Africa, African youngsters have their whole lives ahead of them to be used of God to do great and mighty things.
TWR Africa assists in the development of Project Samuel among our partners from their office in South Africa. Project Samuel reaches out to children ages 0-12 years and is based on the story of Samuel, the boy who brought change and hope to his community. The ministry offers every child the potential to hear from God and to make a godly difference.
In addition to launching the children's radio programme in Burundi, TWR thought it would be valuable to bring together Sunday School teachers for a workshop to renew their skills and impart new ones whilst showcasing the Witness at the Water (W@W) pack as a Sunday School tool. As a result, thirty-four Burundi Sunday School teachers were trained in evangelism and ministry to children using W@W resources.
They were reminded that children in general need to attend Sunday School because it forms the foundation for a relationship with and knowledge about God. In addition, the Bible emphasises the importance of the foundational years – instructing parents to "teach your children and speak to them as you sit in your house, as you walk along the road, as you lie down and get up." Deuteronomy 11:29
Witness at the Water trains children in Biblical truth by using drama and song. W@W Junior reaches 3-7 year olds through a 3-5 minute mini-drama series, while W@W Senior reaches 7-12 year olds with a 15-minute drama series. Both include songs and spiritual lessons.
W@W is a radio drama that takes the listener into the lives of four children with their grandmother. The interaction between each other, family and community reveals their successes and failures, crises and celebration. The listener is drawn to Jesus, the living water, for life answers.
The teachers welcomed the W@W resources that were given to them. They felt the W@W pack was a good tool for use in their Sunday Schools. According to Ms Hanna Boakye-Yiadom, TWR Africa's Health, Children, and Youth Coordinator, who was there for the training, "The feedback was positive. It was a great success in that we were able to renew the passion among Sunday School teachers and at the same time introduce W@W resources to them. In future, it would be good to do more of these training sessions for Sunday School teachers."
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