Today is Global 4/14 Day, an international day of prayer for children in the 4/14 Window , that is, for 2.3 billion children all over the world aged 4-14 years. Studies show that 85% of Christians gave their lives to Christ before they turned 15. Moreover, a person’s moral and spiritual foundations are more or less formed by age 15. Therefore, mission strategists and Christian leaders have been increasingly focused on reaching the 4/14 Window for Christ. The mission of the 4/14 Movement is “to raise-up a new generation from the 4/14 Window to transform the world for Christ.”
I am so glad that our church here in Costa Rica joined Global 4/14 Day. Jonathan, our youth pastor, preached and gave compelling reasons for reaching this children with the love and gospel of Christ. As he led the congregation in some serious self-reflection, he said, “Our children’s ministry is limping!” That is a confession that many churches would be making today. Children ages 4-14 are the most receptive to the gospel, and yet are the most neglected group in any church’s strategic planning and budget. If these children are the church’s future generation, how come we are not investing wisely in winning them to Christ and helping them grow to be disciple-makers?
Our prayer group repented of our church’s neglect of these children. I am sure the other groups did so too. I know the church will take steps in strengthening our children’s ministry. We could not afford to ignore the 4/14 Window any longer. Jesus prayed, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do” (Matthew 11:25-26 NIV).
Let’s win these children to Christ now. They will win the world for Christ later.
(Photo courtesy of Christian Parenting Daily.)