Here in the United States, we tend to take children for granted. In the church, we tend to take children’s ministry for granted. But in the Republic of Georgia, children’s ministry barely exists. Most churches don’t have anything for the kids, so kids don’t bother to come to church. Which of course means that someone has to stay home with them. So you can see how this can have a wide effect on the growth of a church.
But more pervasive than that, the leadership has realized that they need to prioritize children for an entirely different reason – because children really are the heart of the country. You know the saying “it takes a village to raise a child”? Well, in the nation of Georgia, that is how they actually live. They don’t have issues like child abduction or child abuse. Children are too precious to ever allow such a thing to become permissive.
Life in Georgia really does focus on the family. Families work together, they live together, they depend on each other for everything. So what better way to share the love of Jesus than to reach all of the family?