The Psalmist wrote about the activity of God in the womb this way:
Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out;
you formed me in my mother’s womb.
I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking!
Body and soul, I am marvelously made!
I worship in adoration—what a creation!
You know me inside and out,
you know every bone in my body;
You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit,
how I was sculpted from nothing into something.
Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;
all the stages of my life were spread out before you,
The days of my life all prepared
before I’d even lived one day.
Psa. 139:14-16 The Message
Christmas is being celebrated around the world in December and January depending on whose calendar year you are looking at. It is a time for family gatherings, corporate joy, presents for children and of course worship of our Lord’s entrance into earth as an infant over two thousand years ago. The text of his birth in Matthew, Luke and John tell us, he came with a DNA imprint which made his purpose, mission, talents and skills unique and powerful. However, when you look at his birth story and compare it to his cousin John, who we call The Baptist; you will discover that they were both
- raised in the same time period,
- lived in the same region of the world,
- nurtured in the same extended family system,
- and they were both filled with the same Spirit while in their Mother’s wombs.
Yet, their calling, mission, vision and life approach were so very different from one another and the way they lived out their callings actually caused confusion between the two of them. That confusion can be felt as you read about John sitting in prison where he raises the question to Jesus through his disciples are you really who we thought you were? (Matt. 11:1-3) This is all part of the Christmas narrative. Some of the TOW study done by doctoral students at BGU has been focused on what we have chosen to call the mystery of “Womb Theology” where what happened to John and Jesus is explored and applied to every womb in the world as the Palmist wrote in Psalm 139.
It is with this part of the Christmas story in mind that we share this incredible story of Mission Ministries Philippines (MMP) that is taking seriously the idea that every child is created in the image of God, to be co-creators with God in this world. They have started a Gospel movement of pre-schools where children are more than poor needy kids who need handouts; they are helping them become what Dr.Gregg Keen called “agents of community transformation” by teaching TOW concepts to 3-5 year old children in over 1000 preschools nestled into the sums of Manila. Enjoy this wonderful Christmas story!
Mission Ministries Philippines (MMP) has worked to bring hope to the children in the slums of Manila for over 30 years under the direction of Drs. Stewart and Corrie De Boer. Their preschool team is headed by Ms Chona Domingo. Together they have planted over 1000 preschools in those slums taking the good news of God’s engagement with Children by developing these education centers in places of incredible poverty and chaos. Read the article below explaining their country’s view of education of young children and take the time to read the answers given to some questions about the article given by Chona Domingo and Corrie De Boer that will further clarify the wonderful story of the KIDPRENEUR Curriculum that could be available for you to use in your setting. MERRY CHRISTMAS!