Matthew 18:3-4 :And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. So anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.

 

Only a few days after attending a KIDStory Workshop Our Syrian coordinator, Alex*, hosted a KIDStory training in Syria for leaders that would be running a summer camp. This year’s Syrian summer camp theme for Grain de Ble is Tell Me Where Your Heart Is. Ironically, an interesting title for a camp as Alex* expressed that it is not common for people in the Middle East to share their experiences and emotions. This also makes the initial training and practice of KIDStory a bit more challenging.

This camp would incorporate the specific elements of KIDStory being Bible-centered, fun, relational, Spirit-led, and empowering. The leader would begin with a retell of a Bible story, followed by group participation questions and a fun activity to help the children remember the story they just heard.

On the second day of camp, the children were experiencing the story of The Rich Young Ruler.  One question that was asked had to do with loving Jesus more than anything.  One of the children asked:  “Should I love Jesus more than my parents?”  Rather than answering directly, the leader pushed the question back to the group to seek their thoughts and reactions.  

A 12 yr old Syrian boy  deep in thought, responded:  “Jesus said we needed to love him more than anything.  So if ISIS came and told my parents to deny Christ or they would shoot them – I would want them to choose Jesus and die for Him.  Because then they will go to Heaven and be with Jesus and later on, when I die, I will follow them and see them there.”