Monday, October 01, 2012

More “religion” in the preschools

Danish preschoolers are singing more Christian songs and hearing more Bible stories today than they did a decade ago, according to a report just released by University College Syddanmark in Kolding. But they’re also celebrating Ramadan more often.
The study, which looked at the programs in 128 South Jylland preschools, found that over three-fourths now incorporate songs with Christian content. Ten years ago, the figure was just over a third.

Meanwhile, the percentage of preschools celebrating the Islamic month of Ramadan more than tripled, from eight percent to 27 percent.

“We probably have not seen a large increase in Muslim teachers during the past decade,” research contributor Jørgen Boelskov told Kristeligt Dagblad, Denmark’s daily religious news source. “But when educators feel there is religious activity on the part of parents, they respond by incorporating religion in their everyday programs.”

PRAY that these seeds planted in the hearts of Danish children would bear fruit when they hear the truth of the real Jesus.

PRAY that this apparent increase in spiritual interest would lead more families to investigate churches where the Gospel is preached.

PRAY that God would use the upswing in Islam to challenge and equip more Danish Christians to reach out and share their faith.

Posted by Bob

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