Boys and Girls in God’s Purpose: INPUT TO A BIBLE-THEOLOGICAL FRAMEWORK ON CHILDHOOD

Forty-six Christian leaders, including male and female theologians, Bible scholars, teachers and other church servants, participated in the “Bible Theological Framework on Childhood” Latin American and the Caribbean meeting at the “Casa Nazareth” Retreat Center, in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, on November 13 to 15, 2003. This event was called by the following organizations: Compassion International, Christ for the City International, Latin American Mission, Latin American Council of Churches, Tearfund, World Vision International and Viva Network.

This meeting is part of the “Juntos por La niñez” (“Together for Children”) Movement* initiatives, and emerges from the need to deepen Scriptural bases and to nurture a theological thinking that stimulates and gives orientation to the evangelical churches’ ministry on behalf of children.

The following document, entitled, “Boys and Girls in God’s Purpose”, is the outcome of the shared input and reflection during the meeting in Buenos Aires, and at the “Children, Teenagers and Church” Latin American meeting held in Heredia, Costa Rica, in September, 2002. Its purpose is essentially to stimulate the deepest thoughts that contribute to anchor our faith in the solid foundation of the Word, and in a more contextualized and faithful theological reflection.