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Preparing kids to go back to school

By September 4, 2015
(Logo courtesy of Keys for Kids)

(Logo courtesy of Keys for Kids)

USA (MNN) — As children in the U.S. begin another school year, parents are focusing heavily on their child’s scholastic development. But what about spiritual growth?

“Are Christian families really thinking about their spiritual health?” Keys for Kids Ministries Executive Director Greg Yoder asks. “When you think about it, they’re sending their [kids]–if they go to a public school–to a place where it collides with a Christian worldview. So my question is: ‘What are families doing for that?’”

For families asking themselves that question, Keys for Kids has an answer. Through online and print devotionals, Keys for Kids is telling children about the Gospel and encouraging them to make right choices as they go back to school.

“We really have a devotional that reaches kids, especially between the ages of 6 and 12 years old, that tells a story but then has a biblical truth and ‘How about you?’ kind of a section to really help kids as they deal with everyday issues,” Yoder says.

“It’s also available in an app that you can download for free right on our Web site…and you can actually listen to it, too.”

Getting across a spiritual message to children can be difficult, but these devotionals can have a powerful impact. Children may not always see the value in doing the right thing or understand the consequences of wrong choices, but Yoder says hearing a message of truth through an understandable story can encourage a child to do what’s right.

(Photo courtesy of Keys for Kids Ministries)

Executive Director Greg Yoder with former Executive Director Terre Ritchie (Photo courtesy of Keys for Kids Ministries)

“We just recently got an e-mail from someone who said that they had read a story, and it was talking about a spiritual truth that they were dealing with in real life. They were actually able to live out what they had learned in their devotional.

“Those kinds of stories…may not necessarily mean much to them until they’re placed in a very similar situation, where they either have to tell the truth or tell a lie. ‘What are you going to do?’ Well, if it’s stories reminding you about what God teaches about telling the truth, about having integrity, it’s something you’ll never forget.”

Keys for Kids is a powerful influence for biblical truth, and YOU can help them continue making a difference. For $40 a month, you can share a kid-friendly biblical message with 40 children! 

Says Yoder: “We’re dependent on donations from moms and dads and grandparents that really believe that this next generation is just a generation away from losing its Christian heritage.”

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