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Video game encourages missions education

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP)–Woman’s Missionary Union has announced a partnership with Third Day Games Inc. to merge multimedia technology with missions education.

The first step is the introduction of “Bible Champions in Action,” a new PC/video game series encompassing 12 monthly Bible story adventures that reinforce biblical learning and missions awareness.

“As we actively seek to engage a greater number of children in missions education, the interactive component to video games and other multimedia options provide a fun way for children to learn missions applications from Bible lessons,” said Carol Causey, WMU missions resource center director.

Mitzi Eaker, WMU children’s ministry consultant, agreed: “These games will help children grow spiritually as well as give them a global perspective in missions.”

The Bible Champions in Action video game series encourages children to learn about Bible stories and missions as they see and hear a recreated Bible story and then complete story-related tasks and acts of service throughout the game. Each game also teaches children facts about missions.

The Bible Champions in Action video game series automatically unlocks a new story each month, encouraging children to play each story repetitively while they anticipate the next month’s story. Each game coordinates with Girls in Action (GA) and Children in Action (CiA) curriculum and promotes education about missions pioneers such as Lottie Moon and Annie Armstrong and missions opportunities like WMU’s Pure Water, Pure Love ministry.

The series offers three skill levels for grades K–6. The interaction creates faith formation opportunities as children play and ask parents questions, Eaker said, and it gives children a new tool for outreach to their unchurched peers.

Multiple copies can be made from the purchase of one Bible Champions in Action video game CD. Churches can place a link to the game on their website for families to download on their home computer or make copies of the CD for each child in their church and community. Some churches also may want to make copies available for checkout from their church library.

The Bible Champions in Action video game CD may be ordered directly from Third Day Games for $125 at www.BibleChampionsInAction.com or toll-free 1-866-663-5590.

Purchases also generate support of the mission of WMU. For each Bible Champions in Action CD sold, Third Day Games will donate $25 to WMU’s Joy Fund, which supports WMU’s ongoing operations and is managed by the WMU Foundation. For more information on the Joy Fund, visit www.wmufoundation.com.