Seven years ago, Nicaragua’s National Assembly made it official that the last Sunday of September would be dedicated to celebrating the translation of the Bible from Greek to Spanish.Throughout the national territory we celebrate. Sunday, Sept. 27, was the 440th anniversary.

In every department and/or town, churches from different denominations get together to celebrate.

Flowers, palm leaves and banners decorate trucks, and children dress in Bible costumes during the parade in celebration of the Day of the Bible.

Compassion Nicaragua understands the importance of the Word of God in the lives of children. That’s why in an effort to release children from their spiritual poverty, Bibles are given to every Compassion-registered child. The children receive Bibles that are appropriate for their age.

This year, 9,663 Bibles have been distributed.

Bibles are not very accessible for parents since they are a little expensive, so parents give priority to the daily food instead.

“Children demonstrate excitement as they receive their Bibles from the project, and they value them. This is not something I’ve only seen, but something I lived when I was center director and did the ceremony of handing over the Bible to children.

“The Bible is very important for every center. There is nothing better than children having The Word in their hands to study it with their teachers.” 

– Winston Perez, Compassion Nicaragua Partnership Facilitator

 

“The Bible is an essential tool for the children to corroborate what we are teaching them. The fact of having their own Bible has helped parents, too.

“One of the parents told me that he had never read the Bible before, but when his child took it home and had homework, he read it with her and found out some truth there.”

– Juan Carlos, Center Director of Jardín de Esperanza 

Before giving the Bibles to centers, the Compassion Nicaragua staff gives an orientation to every leadership team about having a special ceremony where children understand that is not just any book that they are receiving, but the Word of God, and that it is important.

Every center has its special way of giving out the Bibles, brother Juan Carlos explains:

“We don’t give the Bibles as soon as we get them. We first write a dedicatory in the Bible of every selected child.

“After that, we do a special service for children and parents where the central theme for songs and sermon is Bible. We want parents to feel that the church did a party because the Word of God came to children.”

After the ceremony these Bibles stay at the center for a year while children learn how to use them and take care of them. After that, children can take them home.

“I need the Bible to take refuge in it. If I need a clear counseling I go to the Bible. Also to see how God wants me to live my life, how to get to God and learn what He did for us. ”

– Josselyn, a registered child at Jardín de Esperanza

 
Josselyn has been part of Jardín de Esperanza since its beginning seven years ago. Her family is from a different religious background, but throughout the years, reading the Bible has made echo in her family’s life.

Six months ago, Josselyn started to get involved in church activities. On Aug. 9 she was baptized and is fervently attending church and reading her Bible daily. Her mom supports her and is occasionally attending the services with her daughter.

“I accepted Christ after getting my first Bible, but even when I read it, I was not motivated. However, some years later, one of my teachers encouraged me and told me she would come to my house to pick me up for church, and that’s how I began to go.”

Josselyn has a favorite verse, which is Revelation 1:3 (NIV). She likes it because “it talks about what is to come and that we have to prepare ourselves to be able to go with Jesus and not to stay here.”

“Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.”

Josselyn carries her Bible even to her regular school, where she shares with her classmates about Jesus. She does the same with her neighbors, and her mom and brother, too.

This is just one example of many that could be shared, that the spiritual eyes of the children were opened by the simple act of reading the Bible.

“Among all good things donors have done, this has been the greatest. It is something that goes further to prepare the children for the eternal. Do not get tired of supporting this ministry because it is going to change lives, and God will reward all you’re doing for these children,” says Juan Carlos.

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  1. Sep 29, 2009
    at 4:50 am

    This is one of the best Blogs I have read!!! It is truly one of the main reasons, why I am so privileged to be part of the a group like Compassion.

    I used to smuggle Bibles onto ships from Communist countries during the Seventies. Seeing people cry when they got a Bible made an impression on me.

    The little children during the time of Christ who wanted to become a Rabbi would have Genesis through Deuteronomy, the Pentateuch memorized by the time, they were 8 years old and by the time, they were 14 years old, they had the whole Old Testament memorized. I started working with my Compassion children to have the Book of Phillipians memorized.

    Blessings,

    Kees

  2. Sep 29, 2009
    at 4:51 am

    I think it is very important that every children has faith in god so that he/she can become a good person and part of society.

  3. Amy Wallace
    Sep 29, 2009
    at 5:00 am

    “I need the Bible to take refuge in it. If I need a clear counseling I go to the Bible. Also to see how God wants me to live my life, how to get to God and learn what He did for us. ”

    – Josselyn, a registered child at Jardín de Esperanza”

    She’s got the right idea!!

  4. Ronaldo Rodríguez
    Sep 29, 2009
    at 4:05 pm

    God is worthy!!!
    You can see how the word of God is disseminated.

    Congratulations for this article, I encourage you to continue working for God and children.

  5. Sara Benson
    Sep 30, 2009
    at 4:55 pm

    It is great to hear that Nicaragua is so proactive in demonstrating the importance of the Bible and that kids receive their Bibles in a special way. I wonder if my kids (all in different countries) also have their own Bibles. I will have to ask them.

  6. Frank bennin
    Feb 19, 2013
    at 11:14 am

    I have been a children’s minister since 1988 and have seen children saved. the lord is worthy of praise. he invites all children in Psalm 34”11-” Come ye children and i will teach thee the fear of God.”

  7. Enid Kyoyunda
    Oct 8, 2013
    at 5:36 am

    the word of God is so important in the child ministry because when they learn the truth at such an early age they become rooted and it is hard to be snatched by the enemy .

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