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Global Consultation on World Evangelization

June 30 - July 5, 1997
Pretoria, South Africa

GCOWE '97 Children's Consultation

This report came out of meetings held recently in South Africa and attended by the 35 GCOWE 97 consultation coordinators from 7 countries. The registration process remains open with registrations in from 75 countries and rising toward the goal of over 100 countries.

Goal of the consultation: Leaders in children's ministry will discuss the different circumstances, crises, needs, opportunities and potential of children and plan strategic initiatives as well as the coordination for effective global child evangelism and to mobilize children in world evangelization; both locally as well as amongst the unreached people groups.

Description of the type of leaders invited: 1) Leaders in children's ministries, both in the church as well as mission agencies. 2) People providing training in child evangelism. 3) Specialists in specific fields of child evangelism. 4) Christian educationalists in various aspects of child related studies with a heart for the spiritual, emotional and physical restoration of children for the kingdom of God.

List of who is coordinating the consultation: Coordinators: Frank Shayi, South Africa - National Field Director, Scripture Union. Rev Johan du Preez, South Africa Founder and Executive Director, Children's Evangelist Training Institute. Vice-Chairman, South African Action for World Evangelization (SAAWE). Pastor Paul Beukman, South Africa - Children's Minister, Hatfield Christian Church.

List of some key delegates who have registered: Marcelo Gualberto Da Silva, Brasil - Executive Dir., Moudade for Christ of Brasil. Marina Coetzee, Namibia - Organiser, Children Evangelical Ministry. Kobus Olivier, South Africa - National Director, Child Evangelism Fellowship of South Africa.

Consultation coordinators report the following progress toward their goals: After a late decision to have the first Children's Consultation, the steering committee was called together for their first meeting on 14 March 1997. Because of the vital importance of the evangelizing and spiritual building process in the most receptive years of a person's life, the committee took this challenge with great enthusiasm. An effort was launched to gather as many international leaders (with emphasis on the Two-Third World) from different fields of children's ministry. With their input and audio-visual experts as well as short inputs from selected children (to get a voice from the children about their circumstances, needs and potential) .The leaders will be exposed to the task. A Children's Ministry Resource Directory will be compiled after the consultation.

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