CHILDREN’S RETREAT “FORMING A MISSIONARY HEART”
(NCSA Peru) The training of children has been and is a concern for all in the church starting with the Author of Life (Proverbs 22:6) From the objectives of NMI we extract the goal of “Involving children and youth in missions” and it is because of that that the Peru North District NMI Council holds a retreat for children from 9 to 11 years old called “Forming a missionary heart;” this retreat seeks to inspire in these children the mission of God, increase children’s participation in missions and build relationship between children, leaders, and missionaries in the Church of the Nazarene.
This year’s version was held on September 6th and 7th and approximately 150 children were present. They participated in workshops like “I am part of the Body,” What do you have in your hand?” and “I have a purpose.” The children also participated in activities, competitions, a special worship service with Pastor Merly Vasquez that included a call to missions, and a concert with a group called “Gloria Kids.” In a segment called “Understanding the life and ministerial work of missionaries” David and Ruth Huanca were invited and shared about their calling, about the country they come from, the work that they do, finishing with a panel discussion session where children expressed their interest and uncertainties about life as a missionary.
After the event there is a follow up with each of the children that participated in the retreat with the goal of continuing their missionary training and development. This is done with support from district and local leaders, pastors, and missionaries.
Thanks be to God for allowing this “Reatreat: Forming a missionary heart” to happen every year. Thank you to every member of the NMI team for their support and to the pastors who were also a great support. Thank you to the Peru North District for the opportunity that they provide to develop the missionary spirit in each and every child.
Let’s pray that every child faithfully continues God’s call to commitment to missions.
Source: Carlos Saavedra
Translation: Chad Dickerson