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​Online seminar:

Introduction to Children

at Risk, first module.


We are excited to offer again this online seminar, for Christians who are passionate about reaching children, families, and communities at risk, including street children, refugee children, kids from broken families, orphans, children living in slums, children with HIV/AIDS, and other children with different needs and challenges in their lives.

It is for those who have completed a Discipleship Training School (DTS), the basic school of YWAM and the University of the Nations, and for people who have not done a DTS, but who have a heart for children and want more training. 


The seminar is this time in a different format:

From April-November 2023 on 6 different Tuesdays, one day a month:

  • April 4

  • May 9

  • June 6

  • September 5

  • October 3

  • November 7


It consists of a teaching (2 x 1 hour), with a short break in the middle and a 30-minute small group/ mentoring meeting at the end. Total time is 3 hours for each session.

Meeting times: 13:00-16:00 (Amsterdam Time Zone)

In the month between the sessions, you need to set apart 2-3 hours a week for personal study, for which we will provide material to read or watch, and assignments to complete. There will also be a list of recommended books. From this list you will need to choose five books to read.


​​Topics of the teachings:

  1. God's Heart for Children I - How does God see children? Understanding more of God’s love, justice, mercy, and compassion.

  2. God's Heart for Children II - Characteristics of wholesome children, what went wrong, and how can we help the children on their way to restoration.

  3. Biblical worldview and community development - How our belief system affects our view of children and poverty and how can we work with them in a wholistic and non-paternalistic way.

  4. Child development and how to help children to reach their full potential.

  5. Understanding the different groups of children at risk, and strategies to work with them, their families, and their communities.

  6. Family based care versus institutional care, why and how to promote adoption and foster care.



  1. Johan and Jeannette Lukasse, The Netherlands / Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

  2. Michelle Chaves, Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

  3. Barbara Ruegger, Switzerland/ India


Platforms:  Zoom and Google Classroom.


Languages: English and Bulgarian (There will be a dedicated translator for simultaneous translation into Bulgarian in the Zoom sessions.)


University of the Nations certificate: This seminar is registered as an Extension Course with the University of the Nations, and participants will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the seminar.


Costs: USD 5 (five US dollars).



  • Be 18 years or older.

  • Be a committed Christian.

  • Have sufficient English.

  • Have never been convicted of an offense concerning any kind of abuse against a child (a person under 18 years old) and have never abused a child.



Application is closed. There are a total of 180 students 

participating, in English, Portuguese and Bulgarian,

with 30 facilitators, all together from 37 different

countries! What a blessing!

If you missed it this time, please check again next year!

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