In the June edition of Listening World, we gave readers an overview of how TWR works with children and young people as part of the Global Strategic Plan. The programmes include Happy Children’s Garden (HCG), a project which runs across South-East Asia in which Mrs G’s Bible stories are told in the local language.
In Cambodia around 4000 children take part in HCG listener groups where they meet with a leader to listen, ask questions, sing songs and be discipled. Listener group leaders are a vital link between our team and our listeners. Feedback, questions and prayer requests are transmitted through these leaders.
Earlier this year, the Cambodia team organised a training camp for 58 leaders from 12 different provinces to come together for training. The group, ranging in age from 12 to 70, gathered for fellowship and learning, with one thing in common: their love for Jesus and the children.
Over the course of the camp they learned new songs, new ways of preparing Bible lessons and ways of finding and using local resources in their ministry, along with a course to help them understand the stages of child development. They came with questions and a hunger to learn, and they left feeling more effective in their ministry.
The Cambodia team gave them Bibles and speaker boxes, which are pre-loaded with radio programmes, to help them lead their listener groups. The leaders also made new friends, found new prayer support groups, and enjoyed a time of fun and love in the body of Christ.
One attendee, 16-year-old Ponloe, shared:
“I came to this training because I wanted to learn new things and gain more experiences. I’m a new Sunday school teacher and I lack the knowledge that I want to grow more. After the training, I learned so much more than I expected – a lot of new things that I never knew before, such as how to choose children’s workers, how to teach the Bible verses, and my most favourite lesson about teaching according to the needs of the children. This lesson helps me understand a child’s needs at different ages. So it is very helpful for me to prepare the lesson to support their needs.
“This training is worth for me to come and I really want to come back again. Moreover, this training is full of joy from Jesus with the great lessons.”
Please continue to pray and support our team in Cambodia as they minister to the leaders during their regular visits to the villages. The team also writes scripts, produces radio programmes and follows up regularly with listeners through thousands of phone calls and letters each month.