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children’s outreach is currently co-ordinated by Adi Matis, our
Assistant Director of Smiles. He is directly responsible for
organising what we call COP’s – Children’s Outreach Programme.
Otherwise known in the United Kingdom as Holiday Bible Club and in
America as Vacation Bible School. To avoid confusion between our
British and American guests, we came up with COP’s and these
programmes are assisted by visiting mission teams.
Smiles Children’s Outreach Work started way back in the summer of
2003, and since then we have shared the Gospel to hundreds of children
all over the county.
Our aim through COP’s is to teach the gospel
very simply to children in villages where there is less appropriate
programmes to present the gospel to children. We use puppets, drama,
games, memory verses and competitions to share the message of Christ.
We are always faced with the challenge of keeping the children’s
attention, explaining why the bible is relevant to the children’s
lives, in challenging them, and never "watering down" the message of
is an effective way to present the gospel during a short visit to a
village; but after the programme is finished, it means leaving the
children without discipleship. We recognise the need for continued
work with the children and where possible we seek to return to areas
where COP’s has ‘opened the door’ to continue sharing the truth
through a variety of activities.
As you would imagine, covering travel costs,
supplies and equipment is a constant pressure on limited financial
resources. Smiles’ operates a strict ‘designated giving programme’ – so
if you support the Children’s Outreach Programme, that is exactly
where your money will go.
your help, Smiles can make a huge impact in the lives of these
children and the communities they live in. Thank you for your support.
The Core Operating Costs for Children’s
average £250 / $325 per month
Additional Costs to hold COP’s (including
£135 / $175 each programme
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