speak up

Speaking up is one of the ways we as Christ followers can influence how families are seen, cared for, and supported. Churches have trusted voices in communities and can use existing moments of preaching and teaching to share the opportunity of the First Thousand Days (FTD). You can grow your church members heart and awareness around this through making regularly use of the many opportunities to share/preach/talk about God’s heart for children, such as baby dedications, celebrating births, preaching, testimonies. You can also speak up outside of your church gatherings, in fraternal meeting or on social media where you can make public comments about God’s heart for children and the role of church. 

“In our sermons we have included First Thousand Day teachings so that our members and congregants understand the type of love, care and need mothers require.” 

Reverend Masilo Marumo 

Speaking Up resources for churches

Pause and reflect on what you already have relating to speaking up:

Grow your awareness:


Some big topics to Speak Up about

If you want to encourage someone to find out more:

If you are a congregant 

“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.9 Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.”

(NIV) Proverbs 31:8-10 (NIV)