Making mission-minded kids

 

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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.

this is our prayer board it's nothing fancy but it does the job!

this is our prayer board it’s nothing
fancy but it does the job!

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.

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our kids doing Operation Christmas Child

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the tons of candy we packed up

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my 2nd to youngest packing her box

 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.

 

 

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22 Responses to Making mission-minded kids

  1. momstheword says:

    This is wonderful! All great ideas! Love your pictures, they look so excited! I also love how you are involving the kids by letting them do something that involves giving of themselves (and their time and money) to someone else.

    My children (both young adults now) participated in World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine this last weekend (WV has more churches participating next weekend as well)..

    Since they were younger we’ve involved them in helping their grandparents out in many different ways, as well as helping at the church by cleaning inside or weeding or mulching. Sometimes we helped neighbors or friends with things, such as moving, mowing, cleaning, etc.

    Also, they helped with making lunches and distributing them to the homeless, buying Christmas presents (anonymously) for families who are financially in need, buying and filling backpacks with school supplies for children who don’t have any, and also the 30 Hour Famine every year when they were old enough to participate

    As they got older they both got involved in their own ministries within our church, serving on the worship team and serving in our church’s Awana program.

    We wanted our kids to learn the gift of service. But also to learn empathy and compassion. I think it helps them to see beyond themselves, and that they can make a difference. My eldest son loved his short term missions trip to Korea and would love to go again.

    Thanks so much for linking up to the “Making Your Home Sing Monday” linky party today! 🙂

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    • Jennifer says:

      Thank you so much! We also do very similar activities as well. Cleaning people’s yards, delivering Christmas presents, baking goodies for others etc. It does teach them SO much and it cultivates a heart of giving and serving others for years to come.

      I appreciate you taking the time to come and read and also comment. I love hearing from others. Love your blog as well. I’ll be back to visit soon!
      Blessings!

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  2. Great ideas that are simple and practical, just the way I like it! Thanks for sharing.

    Megan

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  3. Marissa says:

    These are great points. I love the missionary prayer board – how smart! I am always looking for ways to integrate new ways/people to pray for. Thank you for sharing!

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  4. What wonderful ideas. I think these are great, practical ways to instill mission-mindedness in anyone, child or adult.
    I also would add one idea. I recently bought my granddaughter some books on missionaries from the past, and after reading two of them, she’s said she’d like to be a missionary.
    Whether she maintains that desire or not, I know she will have more interest in missionaries.

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  5. Hi Jennifer,
    Great ideas for training mission-minded kids. I luv your missionary prayer board idea. I’ll have to work on one for our home. Thanks for sharing. I’d love for you to link up with me at http://www.HomeEducatorMom.com. Blessings!

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  6. Gabrielle says:

    I love this! So practical and applicable! Thanks for sharing. I found you through Fellowship Friday!

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  7. Helene says:

    I like the idea of a missionary prayer board and I love that you’re working with your kids to reach the lost. Be sure in prayer you commit them wholly to the Lord because a heart for missions leads to unexpected places!

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    • Jennifer says:

      Thanks so much! Yes my husband and I already committed them wholly to the Lord when they were babies. If the Lord ever lead them into missions….we would be more than thrilled! It also gives us a “fun” place to go visit them! LOL! Our prayer is that they will follow the Lord where ever he leads and directs! That’s the most exciting life you can live! Blessings to you! Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. Kasey says:

    This is soooooo important and you covered it beautifully! We don’t do nearly enough of these types of mission-minded activities but you just inspired me to get moving! Thank you for linking up last week!!

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  9. As a missionary, I am always so encouraged and blessed to read posts like these. Thank you for being intentional about raising your children to be mission-minded!

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  10. metzgersix says:

    LOVE this! We are definitely missions minded and striving to raise our kids likewise. We sponsor a child through World Vision and have her picture posted in our home and pray for her often. We are children’s pastors and do the same at church! Great post!

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  11. metzgersix says:

    Thanks for linking up with Woman to Woman’s Word Filled Wednesday! God bless!

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  12. Susan B Mead says:

    Amen! Mission MINDED. Gotta think about it and plan for it. Beautifully written, thought out and put into practice, Jennifer.

    Please join the DanceWithJesus Linkup each Friday to bless others there with your words. SusanBmead.com/blog

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