One of the lesser known aspects of our Jews for Jesus ministry is our children’s outreach. We do not teach anyone who is under 16 without parental consent, but we do have a strong commitment to minister to children where the parents allow it. Very often we can begin with teaching the children about the Lord and the Jewishness of believing in the Jewish Messiah Yeshua, and the parents follow them to faith.
At our larger branches we have a two-week Kid’s Kibbutz every summer. Kid’s Kibbutz is similar to the Daily Vacation Bible School projects that are held in many churches.
In Los Angeles we have a two-month summer enrichment program for children of Jewish-Christian parents. This all-day pilot program provides our limited enrollment of 100 children with enough Jewish culture to relate to their Jewish cousins and not be considered non-Jews” by their unbelieving Jewish relatives. The major goal, however, is to give the children enough religious training and socializing with believers so that they know the Lord and see themselves as belonging to him.
New this year will be our two-week summer camp program, Camp Gilgal. We will have one on the East Coast and one on the West Coast.
All of these programs for children need your prayers.
1. Pray that God will give the men on our staff a vision for the value of these programs so that they will want to involve themselves. Too often men tend to think of children’s ministry as “women’s work.” This is not the case. Children benefit greatly from a male influence in camp and classroom settings, and our male missionaries can count for a great deal in such a setting.
2. Pray that God will send us more workers who have the burden and vision as well as the aptitude to work with children.
3. Pray for funding for these children’s programs. Funding such projects is always a problem. Because we are a mission organization, we are not supported (nor should we be) by those to whom we conduct our ministry.
4. Pray that many young lives will be touched for Yeshua this summer, and that the fruit of our labors will continue to grow throughout the year.