SU ESwatini commits to bringing the Bible to life and introduces the next generation to faith in Jesus. Engagement in our activities enables children to come to a personal faith, encourages them to grow in Christian maturity, and equips them to be committed members of the church and of society.
We focus on youth and children as this is the most formative period of their lives. It is vital to reach them while the ‘clay is still soft’ - thus to shape an adult – is to reach a child. For God, children are a priority – and He indicates terrible consequences for anyone harming His children: ‘...it would be better that a millstone be hung around his neck and [he] be drowned in the depths of the sea’ (Matthew 18:6).
The reason for the children’s and youth ministry focus is also because they are the very vital link in taking the Gospel forward into the next generation. They have so many years ahead of them. Just as Patrick Johnson observed that ‘If children’s work is neglected you lose the next generation. Ignore children and sacrifice the future.’