Over the past several years, since COVID, actually, we’ve been more intentional about discipleship classes with our sponsor kids. We had a prime opportunity while schools were closed to host small groups and the kids and youth were super eager to come, partly to get out of their house, but also to learn more about God. I mean, how could we say no! That desire has continued. We’ve expanded the classes we’re offering, and the children keep coming!
As our sponsor kids have gotten older, the focus and needs have shifted towards our youth, since we have over 200 of them! We continue to teach children and have a discipleship class called ‘Seedlings’ for Grade 6 students. However, the majority of our high school students do not receive weekly bible classes, and since this group is so large, I wanted us to be more intentional about the classes we offer. All of them have evolved as we hear their needs and desires to learn more.
We started with a course that one of my former pastors created in Canada called First Steps by Del Wells. We were able to get it in Spanish and had some of our Grade 7-12 students start there. Last summer, after Hope Camp, we really felt to do a course about ‘Identity’, as it was our theme at camp and many students were struggling with knowing who they are in Christ.