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   When we tell people we are children’s missionaries, they often picture us in front of rooms full of laughing, singing, or praying children.  And while laughing, singing, or praying children are our goal, it’s also our desire to not be the ones in front of them.

“African people reaching African children is our goal.”

   Much of what we do is focused on training adults to do minister to their own children! So who do we train?

We are Training Teachers:
   When we first visited Temple Eben-Ezer in Lome, Togo, in December of 2016, we met with a team of about 10-12 Children’s ministry volunteers to talk about their ministry and their needs. Equipped with only their Bibles, a bit of chalk and a chalkboard, these teachers were doing their best to teach 300-350 kids every Sunday.
Left: A boy illustrates the story of Abraham on the chalkboard after class.
Right: Robin teaches trainers in Togo that the more a student participates with the lesson, the more they will learn.
   “We have no curriculum. We choose our lesson themes ourselves, and then we assign the parts to different people. One may lead the songs, another will read from the Bible.” When we asked them about creative teaching ideas, they looked puzzled. “We have no materials to give us ideas. Can you help us?”

   So we began mentoring them. First, we provided them with some appropriate curriculum. We taught the children’s church a few times to model both the curriculum, and the creative teaching methods -- a completely new idea for these teachers. Then we helped them plan lessons during the week so that they could teach on Sunday. Finally, we let them do the planning and teaching. We simply observed and gave feedback to help them troubleshoot problem areas.
A teacher at Temple Eben-Ezer using actions to teach children a memory verse.
   This past Sunday, we sat down with the same volunteers. We asked them if they feel the past few months have made a difference. The response was an overwhelming “yes!” More children are coming- an indication that the lessons have gotten more interesting. They are keeping the children’s attention better and children are learning more. The curriculum shows teachers how to apply Bible teaching to children’s lives. This has allowed them to pray with children for salvation, to pray for issues the children are facing, and to challenge the children to things such as Bible reading, prayer, and witnessing—all things that were missing from their prior teaching.
Florence, one of the teachers at Temple Eben-Ezer, tries an illustration for the first time.
We are Training Trainers:
   There is no way we would ever be able to replicate the one-on-one mentoring we’ve been doing with Temple Eben-Ezer in every church across West Africa. But if we can train enough trainers, they can replicate it.
   In March and April, we will be teaching two different “Training of Trainers” seminars- one in Togo and one in Benin. These are mostly volunteers who have already completed our basic Children’s ministry seminar. This time, they will help us do the seminar for new teachers. This is a chance for them to try training some teachers while we are there to help mentor the trainers. Please keep these two events in your prayers. When we leave for furlough this year, we pray that we leave behind a functioning system for training children’s ministry volunteers.
Left: Engage Africa intern Lauren Eyre is working with us in Togo and Burkina Faso until May.
 We have been working with new missionaries Bryan and Christi White, Matthew and Savannah, since their arrival in December. 

We are Mentoring New Missionaries:
   Bryan and Christi White are fully-appointed missionaries to the children of Burkina Faso. Bryan & Christi, and their children Matthew and Savannah, arrived in Africa for the first time just before Christmas and we have been working with them to translate their 12 years of US children’s ministry experience to Africa.
   Lauren Eyre is an Engage Africa student from Grants Pass, Oregon. Lauren is spending four months with us in the middle of her two-year internship in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She says, “I came because I wanted to learn from experienced missionaries about doing children’s ministry cross-culturally and to learn how to start children’s ministries in Africa.”

   Bryan, Christi, and Lauren will all be participating in both upcoming training events mentioned above, and it will be the first time for all three of them to be involved in an event like this in Africa.
Prayer Requests:
  • Upcoming Training events: Burkina Faso, March 23-24, Benin, April 7-8 and in Togo, April 14-15.  Pray that God would cover these events and that His purposes would be accomplished.
  • New missionaries Bryan and Christi White, and Lauren Eyre, who will be participating in the teaching at these two events. Pray that God would give them strength, and pray that God would help them as their newly-acquired French is put to use.
  • Travel safety. We will be traveling two days by car each way, over roads of various qualities, to the event in Burkina Faso.
  • Teachers at Temple Eben-Ezer, as they learn to use curriculum and creative teaching methods. It is a difficult transition and a lot of work for them. Pray that God would guide them and give them wisdom.
  • Our upcoming furlough (August 2017) Please pray that God would give us wisdom as we begin scheduling services. Pray that God would provide for our logistical needs.
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Phil & Robin Malcolm are appointed Assemblies of God missionaries to the children of Africa. Contact them via email at or by phone at 228 90 49 13 66.

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