History of Truth Seekers
The idea for TruthSeekers came from a short-term missions trip of high-school students traveling for Awana International. Their destination was Papua New Guinea – a Third World island nation of six million people located alongside Indonesia in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The volunteer leaders for that trip were Terry and Linda Davis.
The team worked with missionaries from New Tribes Mission who wanted an adaptation of Awana curriculum that would work in a tribal setting. Since the natives of Papua New Guinea do not have a spiritual foundation remotely related to Christianity, work in PNG had to begin from the very basics. Linda went so far as to say that “basically they don’t even know who God is.”
Once their mission trip ended, the Davises returned to the U.S. and began preparations for the new tribal curriculum. One year later, they were back in Papua New Guinea in 1999 working as Awana missionaries “on loan” to New Tribes on a part-time basis.
TruthSeekers was the name chosen to represent this new method of ministry.
Due to its success in Papua New Guinea, the curriculum is now being used in many more countries as part of the Leader-Based Strategy, a program that trains many leaders at one time who then go back to their churches and train others to start and run children’s ministry programs.
The potential for TruthSeekers around the world
In today’s post-Christian world, the majority of children and teens even in industrialized regions like the United States, Canada and Western Europe have little to no knowledge of God and His Word. When asked whether the TruthSeekers program would benefit kids in the U.S., the Davises responded with a whole-hearted “Yes.”
“I think the TruthSeekers material would be an excellent tool around the world,” Linda said, “for helping children clearly understand the gospel message through the method of using chronological biblical truths to lay a simple but thorough foundation for the gospel – man's need of a Savior and God's provision of a Savior through His Son, Jesus Christ.