Last Sunday (June 15, 2008), we had a Children's Christian Education Seminar which was attended by Christian education workers from Chonburi, Bangkok, Bowin, Pattaya, and Ban Buang. Over 28 workers attended the seminar.
These Christians who teach the children every Sunday do so without resources. There are precious few Christian Education resources available in the Thai language. Every teacher makes their own lesson with nothing but a Bible as their resource and they do a great job.
When we discussed this lack of resources with Mark Pafford of Petrie Memorial UMC in Kentucky, he asked if there was anything they could do to help. We talked about the possibility of them providing Bible in Felt kits, which could be used to teach all of the Bible stories from Genesis to Revelation. Mark and the members of Petrie Memorial UMC responded back that they would donate enough to buy and ship 6 large kits to the Thailand Mission.
It took awhile to get the kits out of customs here, and then it took awhile to get the resources translated into Thai, but now each of the churches is fully resourced to teach their children about Jesus!
Everyone was very excited, because no one has ever seen such great resources for teaching children the Bible. Because of the generosity of Petrie Memorial UMC, thousands of children will learn about Jesus and become disciples.
The most excitement came from children, who kept coming into the seminar room to thank us for the kits. But we told them that the kits were provided by Christians across the world in Kentucky who love them and want them to learn about the God.
God is good!