How can we teach our kids that being mission minded is important? Here are some ideas I’ve jotted down on how you can lead and direct your family to do missions together! There are so many things you can do that I could definitely not list them in one post. The important thing is to do something that you can all do as a family.
Matthew 28:19-20 “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
1. Help out at the Chesterfield Food Bank – There are usually kids there and they even do special things with the kids. As a family you can serve there with the adults and the kids!
2. Bake Treats for local firefighters
3. Donate some toys and baby stuff to a women’s center.
4. Draw pictures for people at a retirement home
5. Make a Dinner for a Family
6. Pay for the car behind you in the drive-through
7. In December – Give out of the extra that the Lord has blessed you with during the past year.
The best giving moment I remember from being a kid is when we sat down with our family- my mom, my dad, my brother and me, and we talked about how much God had blessed us with during the year and how we could give back. It meant a ton to me that my parents were including me in the discussion of how we could help others. Two of the things we decided to do as a family that have stuck with me in my mind as the “best” were when we decided to support a Compassion Child in Thailand and later one in Ecuador, and when we were able to give a goat through World Vision to a family in need in another part of the world! Supporting a Compassion Child is so cool because you actually get to write to a child who lives in a completely different country and lives completely differently than you while helping them go to school and get the things they need! I’ve included the links to Compassion International and World Vision at the bottom of this page.
Whatever you decide to do, make it a habit that your child sees that you care about helping others in your community and in the world. Kids won’t remember so much what you say, but they will remember what you do.
Some of these ideas written here came from the Homefront Magazine – A Free Spiritual Parenting Resource. Check out the magazine here.
Compassion International – Sponsor a Child
As you exchange letters, send photos and offer encouragement in Jesus’ name, your love will bring hope to a child that will last a lifetime. Sponsor a child today! Just click on a child’s photo to learn more.
World Vision – You don’t have to give a goat, you can give a variety of different things that children need in other countries such as clean water, medicine, clothes, and education.