“Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from Him.” [ Psalm 127: 3 NLT]. As a parent, I realized that God has given us children as a gift and our work as parents is to nurture and direct their path. I soon realized that it was not just my responsibility to raise my children but that it takes a village to raise a child. Children learn by observation and as parents our actions speak louder than words. We cannot ask our children to pray and we don’t pray or read their bibles when we don’t.

I have always been drawn to children, even as a child I was quick to volunteer to assist in watching over younger kids when they visited or if any of aunty have a baby. Sunday was no different, I had a privilege to grow up with a woman who desire to raise a generation of men and women that knew God for an early age and had a personal relationship with Him.

At NKBC, we have designed a system through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit that is tailored to help families bring up children in the way they should go, so when they grow old, they would not depart from it, [ Proverbs 22: 6, NKJV]. We want children to understand from an early age ‘who they are in Christ’. To understand that when God made them, He made them special and on one can take that from them as nothing can separate them from the Love of God. Keeping the Law of God is a choice that doesn’t come easy from adult even children. The identity crisis many adult faces could be traced back to lack of understanding of whom they are in Christ and the Love of God has for them.

Competence builds confidence. The activities the children at NKBC engage in, are designed to build confidence and help them learn life skills that will be useful both inside and outside the class room. The feedback from both parents and children has filled me with Joy. The lives that have been transformed have filled me with hope that it is possible to raise a generation that knows and loves God. I believe this is my mission on earth and I am glad to take you on this journey with me.

In conclusion, God prepares us in many ways from our assignments and mine can be linked to having a mum with over 40 years’ experience of raising kids who also volunteered in the children’s department for years coupled with a teacher/ lecture dad. It is quite safe to say that I inherited and I thank God for these role models in my life.

 Mrs. Tonye Obinna-Igbokwe