Overseas Support Network

GO TEACH lessons have been used in different situations overseas for many years. We regularly receive very positive feedback from those who use them and they consistently highlight three reasons why our material is so appropriate for churches in other countries.

1.  We concentrate on providing an understanding of the biblical text, along with some assistance in its presentation. We guide the teacher with some application, but it is general enough to be adapted to any cultural context.  

2.  Our artwork aims to be realistic and does not use cartoon or caricature. Our artists undertake considerable research into the historical context and we consciously avoid giving any impression that the presentation could be fictional.

3. The lessons do not need any other resources apart from the Bible. They do not rely on additional equipment or other books. Although some suggestions are made for activities, they are deliberately minimal so they do not detract from the teaching.           

We would like to facilitate the wider distribution of GO TEACH and have established an Overseas Support Network for that purpose. By this means, we want to assist churches and mission agencies in providing our material for churches they already support overseas.

CHURCHES

We hope UK churches using GO TEACH lessons will be sufficiently convinced of their value to help them become more widely used. If the church has an overseas connection already, can provide a proven delivery address and the quantities required for the staff and children of each age group, we will donate back dated copies free of charge.

For churches that do not have an overseas link, we will identify a suitable recipient and send the material on their behalf. In both cases, the churches pay the shipping costs. A minimum of £50 per year would begin to cover those costs. This could be a useful way to involve the children. A class of 10 children could bring ten pence every week for a year so children in another part of the world could have the same lessons as them.

If requested by the sending church, further consignments would be made to the same recipient upon receipt of a letter acknowledging the safe receipt of the first order. The drawback to this scheme is that it depends on the number of unsold copies remaining after each issue is replaced by a new one. We cannot guarantee the same quantities of books will be sent in the correct proportions if the order is repeated. 

In the event of a children’s ministry growing so as to require a larger consignment than originally sent, the sending church would be advised of any further costs involved. If no connection exists between the churches, we would not provide the receiving church with details of the sending church, without the written agreement of the sending church.

If your church would like to participate in this scheme, please complete our response form and return it with your donation to the office.

MISSION AGENCIES

The scheme outlined above may be a suitable method by which mission agencies can introduce GO TEACH material to English speaking communities where they have an existing work. However, that is only the first step in a programme of development through which they could assist in the establishment of a permanent, indigenous ministry amongst children in their area, whether it is English speaking or not.

By working through their network of local churches, mission agencies often have the necessary infrastructure, finance and personnel in place to make possible the distribution and even production of teaching material suitable for children. Many resources are rightly devoted to the training of pastors overseas, but there is usually very little provision made for the systematic training of children in those same churches.

If an overseas community had been receiving backdated material for some time, or had agreed to a future commitment to GO TEACH, the uncertainty of relying on variable quantities of backdated material could be removed. If a substantial, regular order could be placed, we could provide new material with the help of our printer who would give a special run-on price. If the order was large enough, this would guarantee the provision of the exact amount of books required and could be shipped out regularly.

If that provision had been established for a number of years or the customer base was regular and stabilized, another step might be taken. GO TEACH would grant a license to an accredited local agency (church or publisher) to publish our material for themselves. We would send them our material in electronic form so they could print and sell the material directly to their own people.

This, as any other step, would need some subsidy from UK but existing donors might be happy to see their support go more directly to help work done by local people. A lot of groundwork would need to be done before it could be set up, but if the earlier stages were done well, then a vision should have been born that would help carry this part of the project along.

Our concern is not only for children’s groups that could use English materials. There is a variation of the above for non-English speaking areas. GO TEACH is translated into other languages and we would welcome further approaches. We would send the electronic version of our material to a Christian publishing house which would then translate and distribute the material they produce from our template.

The final stage is for overseas churches to create their own material. This maybe many years in the future, but if the earlier stages have been maintained, some people will have built up the necessary experience to bring it to fruition. They may need help from GO TEACH and UK personnel are available to visit them and assist with the necessary training and development.

If your agency would like to discuss this matter, please contact the Editorial Director at the office.