In 1982 God gave me an unheard of and unprecedented mandate to teach and train the babies. He specifically told me, “You are not to baby-sit, but to teach the uncompromising Word of God and you are not to have any toys in the nursery.” We took what He spoke to us seriously, and have not wavered from that directive. In 1996 we developed, to the best of our knowledge, the very first infant curriculum ever published, called Who’s Teaching the Babies?® Now, we have made provision to equip every parent, grandparent, guardian, or spiritual mother and father to pour truth, identity, destiny, and life into the hearts of their babies through our Who’s Teaching the Babies?® Baby Equipping Tools: Conception through Three Years Old. Our Who’s Teaching the Babies?® Curriculum is also newly updated, revised, and expanded to provide quality and diverse age-appropriate ways to ensure that babies and toddlers would not be spiritually neglected by entertainment, babysitting, or a lack of knowledge, but rather receive healing, identity, and life-empowering ministry.
2 Timothy 3:15 NIV, “And how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus,” has been the foundational Scripture from which this ministry has been developed. Infant ministry has been widely misunderstood in the church as a whole. There has been an ignorance of the facts that reveal the value and necessity of infant ministry; lack of knowledge carries with it alarming repercussions. This younger generation has experienced the most abandonment of any of the previous generations—both physically and emotionally. Abandonment results in a breakdown of a child’s ability to trust.
If a child cannot trust in the natural, it will be impossible for him to trust his Heavenly Father, which is essential for spiritual development. You now have tools to change this one baby at a time—lasting a lifetime!
Often church nurseries are more like entertainment centers and baby-sitting rooms, and the real Scriptural training and ministry is relegated to a later time when children reach an age where they can talk. However, this is not ministering to the deep need inside of children to know who they are in Christ and that they have been planned and purposed for such a time as this. It has been proven scientifically through research that 75% of a child’s personality is developed by the age of three. In just the first six months of life, the human brain has already grown to half of its adult size. This is the key time to pour into children! Also, trust is established in the first three years of life, along with identity, and the ability to establish boundaries and handle stress. The foundation for a rich emotional life is laid early in a baby’s life, as well as the spiritual foundation. When we wait until children are older to minister to them their identity as children of God and their destinies and purposes in His Kingdom, we are missing out on a huge window of opportunity to help shape and mold them into who God has called them to be. From observing the neglect and misunderstanding in the realm of infant ministry in the church, and the cry to arise and reach out to the churches of the world, we were compelled to prepare this newly revised and expanded baby curriculum to activate, teach, and impart into babies from birth, preparing them to fulfill their destinies.
This is a powerful, life-changing ministry; we’ve seen the impact it has made in our own church body and other ministries as well as in the nations of the world. God is just looking for willing vessels—instruments of justice—with His heart for a generation. Anyone with a servant’s heart can minister powerfully and confidently to babies from birth, imparting Biblical foundational truths, identity, and destiny into their hearts. These seeds will produce much life-giving fruit. Just as a baby’s natural body needs nourishment through natural food, a baby also needs emotional and spiritual food to nourish and strengthen his spirit and his soul. A baby can’t feed himself, but will eagerly receive what we offer to him as spiritual food. Today, more than ever before, babies need a firm foundation of Bible truth, the powerful anointing of the Holy Spirit, a personal experience of God’s consuming love, and the knowledge that their identity is found in Christ alone who has overcome the world!
-Dr. Melodye Hilton