Prophetic word concerning children’s ministry

children's ministryI will release a great power over this work because the children are also my concern! You have not forgotten the little ones, I will do great things for them, and I will give them visions, dreams and revelations. You do not need to see how others do this, because I will instruct you and give you the key to this work. You will rejoice when you begin to see the fruit of the results of what I the Lord will do. I will raise these children up as prophets and they will be powerful intercessors. They will go to the whole country and to the Nations. In addition, through them, all will know the faithfulness of God! (Prophetic word given to the Vine in Goiânia, Brazil – 1999)

Why work with children?

1.    Because God works in each generation

I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty, And on Your wondrous works. (Psalm 145:4)

God is a god of generations; His purpose is to reach one generation after another with His love. When the Lord called Moses to take the people of Israel out of slavery in Egypt he did not negotiate with Pharaoh, he left nobody behind.

Moses was tested, because Pharaoh tried to negotiate the lives of the children with him so that he would leave them behind in Egypt. However, Moses became an example of a leader with vision, because as he perceived God’s heart and knew that he should not negotiate or leave any of them behind. Why did he do this?

  1. Because he knew that God’s will was to free all of the people from slavery – Moses understood that the children were included in God’s plan of salvation for his people. Therefore, God’s will is that no child be left behind to perish. Therefore, we need to preach the gospel to them.
  2. Because he did not focus on the difficulties but considered the results – we negotiate with Pharaoh when we invest exclusively in adults and after considering the difficulties, ignore the children. Moses visualized the restoration of entire families and a future transformed by God’s glory.
  3. Because he had a vision – That generation failed to enter the Promised Land, but the children, the next generation, was able to enter Canaan. Moses had vision, he looked to the future and as a result, that generation of children became the generation of conquest.

2.    Because the children are part of Christ’s body

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)

The only requirement for someone to become part of the body of Christ is the new birth. Those who believe as a child are saved. We do not need to wait until they grow up in order to preach the gospel to them. We must preach to them today while they are still children and more open to the gospel.

3.    Because we are forming a generation of overcomers

No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more. (Jeremiah 31:34)

A generation of overcomers expresses the image of Jesus and manifests the life of God in all manners of life, formed over time as fruit of much work.