Inside Out: Raising Globally-Minded Christians

05.10.17 | Martha Manikas-Foster

We live in a world of variety. Sometimes our differences become the bricks we use to build barriers. But God calls us to a better way.

“Our children are encountering people who are different from them every day,” says Kristie Frieze, who works with Wycliffe Bible Translators as the Senior Director of Events and Experience Marketing. “How do we celebrate those differences? Because God created all of us.” 

Wycliffe’s offering a free Vacation Bible School curriculum that may help children appreciate how much God loves people just like them, as well as people nothing like them. And that He wants all of them to know Him. The curriculum is called “Summer Around the World with Kate & Mack.”

For 90 years Wycliffe has been translating the Bible into local languages, negotiating the cultural differences that could build boundaries between people. This experience is the foundation of Wycliffe’s 5-day curriculum. Through the program, children follow a missionary child named Kate and her macaw Mack as they visit some of the world’s smaller people groups in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Pacific. In the process they eat foods, play games, and listen to stories associated with those cultures. 

“It gives kids a taste of what life is like in those other countries,” Frieze says. “I think most importantly of all is we want kids to understand no matter where you live or what language you speak, God loves us all.”

Learn about the free, 5-day Vacation Bible School curriculum “Summer Around the World with Kate & Mack.”

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