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The first years of life are critical in shaping a child’s faith, attitude, thought patterns, and actions. Israel has about 200 congregations with a growing number of children who need culturally relevant educational materials to teach them the Word of God.
Medallion is expanding Hebrew, Biblical curriculum and support resources for teachers, counselors, parents, and other adults who work with children and youth in congregations throughout Israel. They provide teachers with training, quarterly newsletters, an online song library, and downloadable lessons in addition to their comprehensive curriculum packages. Medallion is also producing children’s devotionals, stickers, and reading books that encourage children in their faith and the study of God’s Word.
Medallion creates resources for congregations, ministries, and families to teach children the Bible in an in-depth and systematic way. Medallion desires to see children first of all saved, and then grow in their faith. One of Medallion’s goals is to help the children grow in their knowledge of God through His Word, applying what they have learned to their lives. Medallion trains teachers from congregations throughout the country, teaching in seminars and working with them one on one to develop their children’s ministry and their teaching skills. Medallion aims to support the local messianic community by providing employment for local messianic believers.
Debby Nalbandian has a long history of ministering to children in Israel and abroad. She began teaching Shabbat school at the age of 14. Debby received her degree in Education from Crown College in 1996 and taught elementary school for several years. Throughout the years she has continued teaching in Shabbat school, leading the shabbat school ministry in her congregation. As part of her teaching ministry she has been training teachers in congregations around the country. For many years Debby has taught in and directed Bible summer camps. Debby writes curriculum, books and other literature to teach children and encourage them in their faith; from 2006 to the present she has served as the Director of Medallion.