HELPING CHILDREN GROW UP ROOTED IN GOD’S WORD
Christian children in the Middle East and North Africa may be isolated, marginalised, and even vulnerable to violence. They need strong roots to draw on in tough times – and to put these down, they need Bible knowledge. Now, a fun new SAT-7 KIDS campaign is providing the rich “soil” that they need.
Family of Jesus, a popular children’s worship show, has been harnessing viewers’ creativity to get them excited about the Bible.
Children were set a special challenge – to memorise Psalm 1, make a video or recording of themselves reciting, and send it to the show.
“The response was great,” says Presenter Mina Awny. “We received so many videos of children reciting Psalm 1 or singing it. We are so proud of them!”
ONE PASSAGE, MANY HEARTS
The creative kids each put their own spin on the encouraging words of Psalm 1, adding actions and tunes they had made up.
Some recited impressively fast, while others created fun dance routines with their friends. Children as young as preschool age took part – with one girl even sitting at a tiny piano.
The team posted the submissions on SAT-7 KIDS’ social media pages and chose the 40 best videos from among them. The winners each received a special prize – their very own Bible, donated by the Bible Society of Egypt.
HEARING GOD’S VOICE
The challenge is part of a wider campaign called “Family of Jesus goes to school”, which encourages viewers to engage with the Bible via a virtual Sunday school.
Many children have shared how the campaign has touched their hearts.
A 16-year-old viewer from Egypt says, “In the past I didn’t read the Bible daily, but after I saw your campaign I changed… Thank you. I heard the voice of God through your program.”
“I TOLD ALL MY CLASSMATES”
Some, like Rahma from Egypt, are widening the show’s impact even further.
“I am a big fan of yours. You made a positive impact in my life, so I decided to tell all my classmates about Family of Jesus. In addition, I encouraged them to read the Bible with me every day during the school break, and they responded positively. Today we read Matthew chapter one, and we will continue tomorrow.”
TEACHING FOR ALL
Family of Jesus is one of several SAT-7 KIDS shows that offer Bible teaching or children’s worship. Bible Heroes and A Riddle and a Story grow children’s knowledge by getting them guessing, and the channel even produces teaching especially for children in North Africa, called A Verse and a Story.