DATE: 23 February – 6 March 2020
WHERE: Petra Institute, Numbi Road, White River, Mpumalanga 


The purpose of the course is to provide skills, knowledge and values for Christian faith workers to support emotionally wounded children on a primary level. The course introduces the participants to:
– understanding trauma and its effects and assessing emotionally wounded children
– principles of healing relationships and active listening
– skills and tools to assist in the support of emotionally wounded children
– a theological framework for faith-based psycho-social support of emotionally wounded children


At the end of the training, the participants can:

If you really want to experience what “Relational Children’s Ministry” is about, you should do this course!

Yvonne Chan, Head of Children’s Ministry of the International Baptist Church Singapore, gives feedback after completing the Online Relational Children’s Ministry course:

Yvonne Chan from Singapore shares the value of this course

“Yvonne, if you compare yourself to before you did the course, how would you describe the general growth and changes this course has brought you?”

“I discovered the value of making a conscious effort to create a fun place for our kids to connect with one another and to build relationship. It is not about having difficult activities, but a very simple game or just an “emotional” card that can prepare our kids to receive God’s Word. When we trust God as the master of the plan, a simple game in the beginning of the lesson can make a huge impact.

The butterfly effect

In 1972 the meteorologist Edward Lorenz presented a paper at a scientific convention titled “Does the flap of a butterfly’s wings in Brazil set off a tornado in Texas?” Based on careful mathematical calculations, he proved that the way weather conditions turn out depends on the sometimes minuscule factors influencing it in the initial stages. This came to be known as the ‘Butterfly Effect’ – a very small change in initial conditions can create a significantly different outcome. The concept is not new and can be found in fields varying from civil engineering to quantum physics to video games. It is a theme often found in novels and films.

Children’s movement of forgiveness

The Central African Republic is a country with much potential. It is rich in raw materials and has good agricultural soil.  But different rebel groups cause havoc in the country – almost 300 000 people fled the country, a further 643 000 has been displaced within the country and many, including children, lost their lives. In the past three years, Petra Institute presented advocacy workshops for leaders, and a selected group of leaders have been trained in children’s ministry skills as well as a few skills to assist traumatised children.