As one way of promoting Bible reading among children, Ntchisi Sunday School Ministries organised a verse citing competition that was held on Saturday.
Children of between five and 14 years competed by correctly citing Bible verses. Some children cited over 40 verses in the competition. For example, Thokozani Chunga cited 100 verses in both Chichewa and English.
The 13-year-old girl received a school bag, plastic container, hardcover and pen, among others, having claimed first position in the group of children aged between 11 and 14.
Verses Citing Competition chairman, Gibson Tandwe, said the competition was organised because children are often sidelined in activities organised by churches.
“The Bible says, in Mark 10:14-15, that ‘Let the little children come to me and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. Assuredly, I say to you whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.’ We have organised this competition to promote reading culture among children. If they start reading the Bible today, they will not stop even in the future,” Tandwe said.
He added that the competition would help young children to know who Jesus Christ is.
Children from 12 churches in the district participated in the competition. Children were grouped according to their ages.
The three groups were 0-6 year-olds, 7-10 year-olds and 11-14 year-olds.
Jersey Nkhata, a Sunday school teacher at Mpalo prayer house of the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian, said the competition would help children understand God’s love.
On his part, Reverend Father Enock Banda of Madanjala Angrican Parish said the competition could promote oneness.
“I can urge Christians in the country and abroad to organise these functions to inculcate the spirit of love for the gospel among children,” Banda said.
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