By Jane Sutton-Redner
In Winter 2008, we featured the Youth Bible Curriculum (YBC) program, World Vision’s partnership with Gospel Light Worldwide that provides age-appropriate learning materials for Orthodox Christian youth in Albania, Armenia, Bosnia, Romania, Georgia, and Lebanon.
The good news: This month, Patriarch Daniel of the Romanian Orthodox Church awarded World Vision in Romania the highest honor given to non-clergy for its work through YBC. The curriculum is now the official Sunday school material in Romania, which, like many Eastern European countries, struggled to provide spiritual education for young Christians after the fall of communism due to a dearth of learning materials. In the six countries participating in YBC, to date 300,000 books have been distributed and more than 2,500 teachers have been trained.
The not-so-good news: YBC is among several World Vision projects experiencing a funding shortfall due to the recession. Please pray that YBC can continue supporting children’s Christian education in 2010. Also pray for God’s blessing on World Vision’s work with churches around the world.