Missions has been close to my heart since I became a Christian in high school, nearly twenty years ago. I majored in missions (and Bible) in college; I have worked with church-planting, ESL (English as a Second Language), mission mobilization and humanitarian relief in three countries and three states.
I always thought Rick and I would raise our family overseas, that we would be knee-deep in the trenches rather than sitting pretty in the suburbs. Honestly, life is much harder for me in the suburbs — which may be exactly why God has us here; He wants me to grow and stretch. I’m trying … and He’s enabling … but my heart often lingers overseas.
Where a mama’s heart is, she tends to lead her kids.
While we live and work for God here, I still want my children to be aware and excited about what God is doing in other parts of the world. This has been the theme of speaking events and the base of a recent guest blog series.
Last week Proverbs 31 Woman hosted me for a two-part series on raising mission-minded kids. In these posts, I encourage parents to be deliberate in teaching and exciting their kids about what God is doing among people groups near and far.
- Part 1: What is missions? Why should Christian parents engage their children in missions training? What does that even mean? Where do you start?
- Part 2: How can parents raise their family’s cultural awareness? How can they get involved in missions overseas?
Both posts offer practical tips, ideas and resources (books, websites and more!) to get your kids excited about missions, equip them to share the Gospel and elevate their cultural awareness. These tools could even be employed among homeschoolers to teach language, religions, geography and social studies.
Hop on over and take a look! Then come back here and let me know what you think.