Tagwa Chauke, a ‘Life Skills’ trainer with Flying Mission Care Ministries, recently attended training in Mutare (Zimbabwe), to equip her to train people to run the ‘Today for Tomorrow’ course. This course, produced by SIM (Serving In Mission), is aimed at children aged under 14 years and teaches them about discipleship, good health and the issue of HIV and AIDS. It extends beyond direct teaching to children as it includes care givers in the training, and provides one-on-one follow-up and individual and family counselling where required.
The vision for the programme is based on Isaiah 55:10-11.
“As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”
They are seeking to plant and water seeds in these young children’s lives and to see them flourish by reaching out to the whole child; spiritually, physically, socially, mentally, and emotionally. In bringing this programme to Botswana it is hoped it will contribute significantly to the great needs for lifelong discipleship, improved health and reduction in HIV/AIDS among the next generation.
Tagwa says, “We want to see young people’s lives transformed. When they are aged 10 to 12 years they are already adopting the lifestyles of others around them. Often aspects of these lifestyles are unhealthy and the children are not adequately prepared to think through consequences of these lifestyles for themselves, especially when they are faced with the challenges of peer pressure, rapid social change, and may be struggling to find their own identity.”
Tagwa is excited by ‘Today for Tomorrow’ because, “… it empowers children at an early age … and reaches them at an age when their characters are still being developed. It also includes parents and care givers which is vital as many of these children face social problems in the home such as broken and single parent families, and poverty.”
The training was specifically organized for trainers from Botswana with one representative from Flying Mission Care and three from Believers Destiny Academy, and four other trainers from Zimbabwe. The training involved presentations, role play, group work, games, and planning for lessons (including going into a local school to practically apply some of the learning with a class of students).
As a result of this ‘training for trainers’ Flying Mission Care and Believers Destiny Academy have agreed to work together in identifying churches and individuals in Botswana who they can train and resource to lead the ‘Today for Tomorrow’ programme with groups of children. Local church leaders are currently being invited to a meeting to be held in September with the aim of making them aware of this programme and to encourage them to identify individuals to receive training so they can run it with children in their own churches and communities.
We will be sure to update you on this exciting and important programme as it progresses.