June 21, 2022 | Medellin, Colombia | Daniela Arrieta and Inter-American Division News
The Seventh-day Adventist Church in North Colombia recently released the first episodes of an animated series for children to be used throughout its local churches. The series is the first initiative of its kind launched by the children and adolescent ministries of the church in North Colombia, produced by the church’s Hope Media Colombia center.
The series features Aby and Lucas, two friends who live in a small village where they experience great adventures every day and learn to become true stewards of Jesus with the help of their teachers Zory and Mr. Charles. Entitled “Stewards of Jesus,” each episode of the 12 in the series, is five to six minutes long and will focus on Christian stewardship and includes an accompanying activity book.“We want children and adolescents to learn the two important principles of stewardship such as obedience, based on love and the demonstration of love,” said Zoraida Pérez, children and adolescent ministries director for the church in North Colombia. “Children are the life of the church and they deserve the same spiritual nourishment as adults, but presented differently,” she explained. “Jesus recognized that children are more prone to listen, remember, and accept and follow His words.”
The interactive series began to be released every Friday since May 20, to be featured during Sabbath school, helping leaders in highlighting stewardship principles every Sabbath, said Pérez.
“We know that these are very complex and challenging times for children and adolescent leaders,” said Pérez. “We have learned through experience in teaching children that they are won through the many prayers on their behalf.”It’s been more than two years since the project was started, said Diego García, general producer of Hope Media Colombia and director of the series. “From building each chapter, recording the voices, designing of each scene, creating each item of clothing to the final rendering of each frame, it took a lot of time,” he said. The project, he added, included the support of three individuals from the national learning service, (SENA), who contributed their knowledge and have been an important part of the series launch.
“From the very beginning it was a challenge to work in this area that we didn’t know much, but in processing each chapter we learned many things that we ended up applying to the rest of the chapters,” said García.
The plan is for the stewardship-principles-animated series to not only reach church members’ homes but also those in the community, Pérez said. The rest of the episodes of the series will be released every week through Aug. 5, 2022.
To view the released episodes, visit HERE