“Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in Heaven that one of these little ones should be lost.” Matthew 18:14

Matthew 18:14 is more than a Bible verse to me—it’s a personal mandate. I was introduced to Jesus through a Sunday school ministry when I was six. Church offered me refuge from my dysfunctional family, and I believe that it was by God’s grace that I was brought to faith so early in life. Little did I know that the CEF materials the Sunday school teachers used to evangelize and disciple me were the very materials I would one day passionately share with teachers I would train.

Teaching Whose Birthday is It? to Tboli kids of Rang-ay, Banga, South Cotabato, during a Christmas Party Club.

I can still picture in my mind the visuals of The Devil Kings (the story of John Paton, a Scottish missionary to the New Hebrides). It was after hearing this story during DVBS that I committed my life to mission work. I was only nine. Even then, I knew that the Lord wanted me to one day work with and alongside children.

This childhood calling turned into a career, and today I am a local missionary serving as the area director of CEF Koronadal, South Cotabato. Since 2009, I have ministered in South Cotabato and, with my family and team, I work with area churches to teach the Gospel to children, provide Christian literature for children, equip teachers, and lead other children’s ministry programs.

 Children’s Ministries Institute (CMI) class of 2012 after practicum.
With my CMI batchmates during kids camp presentation.
Koronadal Elementary School Evangelistic Campaign team after the evangelistic campaign in Marbel 1 Central Elementary School, 2010.

My experience is one reason I am passionate about reaching children because I know that to be brought to faith early is to give children the power to do what is right.

Aileen Quilojano
CEF Koronadal, South Cotabato

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