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5 Tips to Help Your Kids Get Mission Ready

Blog 8.17FixedSome of my favorite memories come from the mission trips I went on as a teen.  Every summer, my youth group would go out-of-state and meet up with complete strangers to show them God's love. Looking back, I remember going to some so-called "low-end" neighborhoods and meeting people who had next to nothing. The people of these neighborhoods would come out, spend time with us, and show us hospitality. On the flip side, when we went to neighborhoods that looked better off, we found it was harder to get the people living there to come join us.

In college, I was blessed with the opportunity to go on an international mission trip to Romania. We stayed in a beautiful downtown area, but during the day, we would travel to the gypsy villages to play with the families who live there. I remember blowing up balloons for the kids on the last day we were there. I would blow one up, hand it off, and tell them how much Jesus loved them.  I was light-headed blowing up balloon after balloon, but I didn't want to stop. I knew I might not ever see these kids again, and I wanted to leave them with a reminder of God. I still have pictures of those kids; I keep them at my desk to remind me of what we are working for.

Most recently, I returned to my home state of Alabama to help out at a Group Workcamp. This time, I was on the other side as an "adult leader," making sure the team of teens had everything they needed to go out and accomplish their mission. It made me look back with a greater appreciation on all the adult chaperones who took me on trips.

I believe mission trips are a great way to get kids growing spiritually. Research shows that kids who have a strong sense of mission outperform those who don't. I know I wish I had had more missions opportunities when I was a kid. Now that I work with kids, I try to provide them with as much missions experience as I can, and I try to encourage them to develop servants' hearts as they show God's love to others.

If you are looking for some ways to start forming mission-minded kids, here are some quick tips to get you started!

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1. Go international.Your kids may not be able to take a trip across the world, but they can still make a difference to kids in need. Find a service project, like Group's Operation Kid-to-Kid, to get your kids excited about missions. Then, take your kids on a "trip" to that country by sharing food and music unique to that area.  They will begin to realize that no matter how different our cultures are, God loves everyone the same.

2.Think small.Teach your kids that no service project is too small by having your group perform simple acts of kindness. Have younger kids make cards for seniors in assisted living. Have older kids put on a free carwash; no donations needed. Simple, one-day service projects are a great way to make a difference in your community.

3.Make it personal. Ask kids how they think they can make a difference. Find out what your kids have a heart for, and help them come up with projects they can do that follow their interests.  Let them take ownership of their missions.

4.Go the extra mile.Whenever you ask kids to collect items like school supplies for needy children- have them come with you when you deliver the items. Let kids see the local mission center, and if possible, let them volunteer to stock shelves or do some basic cleaning.

5.Meet missionaries.If you know someone who has served or is serving in the mission field, introduce them to your kids. If they can stop by, great- if not, ask them to write letters to your group. Kids will be encouraged by hearing from people who give of their time to serve others. Plus, they'll have a name and face they can pray for, making them part of the missions team.

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What have you done to help your kids learn the importance of missions? We want to hear your stories! Leave us a note below about what your ministry has done.

Posted at 14:37

1 Comments:

Jonetta said...
More posts of this qualyti. Not the usual c***, please
January 2, 2014 08:40

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