Around 700 children in Nairobi recently attended a fun day organised by the Bible Society of Kenya – more than double the number that came to the first one, held a year ago. The annual event is part of the Society’s efforts to give children a good grounding in the Bible.
“In Kenya, children make up an unusually large proportion of the population,” comments Bible Society General Secretary Elizabeth Muriuki. “In fact, a quarter of Kenyans are aged between 5 and 14! So if we want to help build our country’s future on the solid foundations of God’s Word, it is vital that we provide opportunities for this generation to encounter and understand the Bible.
“We are doing this in a number of ways: developing affordable and attractive materials for schools and Sunday Schools, training teachers in how to teach the Bible effectively, and reaching out to children themselves through events like the ‘Bible Eagles Fun Day’ in Nairobi.
“We knew that children had thoroughly enjoyed the first fun day but we didn’t anticipate that double the number of children would attend our most recent one! More schools and churches wanted to bring their children and they all had a great time.
“We had Bible lessons, singing, dancing and lots of activities – bouncy castles, face painting, a climbing wall, camel and horse rides and so on. We also had a good lunch together. We are very grateful to Daima Milk and Ribena, which sponsored the juice and milk and the blue Bible Society t-shirts, which were given to the children.
“We pray that the Bible Eagles Fun Day will become a premier event for children in Nairobi and its surrounds for many years to come. Please pray for all our work to make God’s Word known and loved by a whole new generation of Kenyans.”
The Bible Society distributed nearly 250,000 Bibles to schools and nearly 32,000 Children’s and Youth Bibles during 2012. More than 130 Sunday School teachers were trained in how to get children into the Bible.