If you think about it, the way the Gospel message has spread over the millennia is by believers passing on to others the Good News of Jesus Christ that they received. In effect, ‘multiplying themselves’. In fact, this is what the Apostle Paul wrote about in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 (NIV) when he said, “ For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.”
This is why we were thrilled to hear Graeme Smedley’s story…
In 1959, Graeme Smedley sat on a timber apple case in York Park (now Aurora Stadium) in Launceston Tasmania, and heard Billy Graham preach the Gospel.
He recalls, “The place was packed; it was just packed. I went forward at the Crusade and my brothers and sister all went forward. It changed my life.”
Since then, Graeme has grown more and more passionate about the Good News of Jesus Christ, and realised the importance of teaching the Gospel to children. This only increased when Graeme’s son, Will, attended a Dare to Be a Daniel camp supported by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
“Will’s face lights up when we talk about Dare to Be a Daniel. It can be life-changing for kids,” Graeme said.
Graeme loved the Dare to Be a Daniel materials and is now determined to introduce the program to as many people as possible. Recently, he has presented Dare to Be a Daniel to a number of high schools and churches across Sydney and his younger children are studying it in Bible study.
He told us, “They love learning the memory verses. It becomes an interactive material for the children and teaches kids there is a better life out there than the world tells them. It doesn’t just have an impact on the kids but their parents as well!
The program works. It’s creating more Christian leaders in our children. It’s bringing up the children, showing them the right way and encouraging them. There is so much today influencing our kids; it’s really different to when I grew up. For parents, it’s so hard to protect your kids from that.
Dare to Be a Daniel provides kids with good, sound grounding in a way that makes them comfortable. It talks to kids at their own level with their own mates about the Bible.”