What is missions? Missions is all about following Christ’s call through individuals or families going to another country or area : sharing the Gospel with the lost world.
God’s heartbeat is missions! Our hearts should love the things that God loves and as parents we should help our children cultivate a heart for missions as well.
So how do we as moms help our children be mission-minded?
Here are 5 ways to help make Mission Minded Kids:
First, we need to be mission-minded ourselves. Do we have concern for the lost or reaching even people that you come in contact with? When we are passionate about things our kids will be passionate about those things. We as moms have a big influence on how our kids think, learn, and what they grow to love.
Second, get your kids involved in your churches missions program. Help them learn about how missions works. Let them be a part of giving to your local missions program. Give them a jar or can to decorate to collect money. (you’ll be surprised how excited they get when they are saving money for others)
Third, make a missionary prayer board. Take your missionary prayer cards and put them on a bulletin board where they can see them (or rotate one missionary each week) and pray for that family. This helps keep missionaries in front of them and helps cultivate a heart of concern and prayer for others that are serving God in another country.
Fourth, Do a small missionary project. You can e-mail or write a missionary (they love getting e-mail) and find out needs they may have and send a care package to them. You can also get involved in Operation Christmas Child (our family does this every year) and it’s wonderful to let the kids pick out toys, candy and other trinkets and they send them to another child around the world. For more details click here.
Fifth, have a missionary family over to your home. When missionaries are on deputation or even during a missions conference it’s a great time to open your home and let your kids help make a dinner or dessert. Maybe even offer to let them do their laundry at your house. It’s a wonderful chance to get to know missionaries better and connect with them. You build wonderful relationships with some awesome families! (I can tell you from experience)
All in all…..the more we help our children see more than just “their world” and open their eyes to another world out there, it will cultivate a love for missions and for a world that needs to know God.
Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.