Preschool Missions Focus

Kerns Family


Mission Friends is an ongoing missions discipleship organization for preschool boys and girls (birth through kindergarten). Through Mission Friends, preschoolers . . .

  • become aware that God wants everyone to know of His love
  • move from a focus on self to a focus on others
  • apply Bible thoughts to their lives as they learn to pray, give, and help others.
  • and their families learn of ways to give their time, talents, and money

Learn more about this month's missionary below.

Families on Mission Calendars 2017–18

Preschoolers and their families learn about missionaries and pray for them, help others, and learn some Bible thoughts together on page 4 of each month's leaflet of Mission Friends at Home.  Ask your child's Mission Friends teacher for a copy.

Missions Focus September 2017

Missions Area: Salt Lake City, Utah | Concept Area: Bible | Missionaries: Travis and Staci Kerns

5 Fun Facts about the Missionaries

  1. Travis and Staci Kerns live with their 12-year-old son, Jeremiah, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
  2. Mr. Kerns helps many new churches in the Salt Lake City area.
  3. When Mr. Kerns travels to meet with pastors and church leaders, Jeremiah often travels with him. Jeremiah knows a lot about Utah!
  4. Mrs. Kerns homeschools Jeremiah. The Kerns family often entertains visitors in their home.
  5. Sometimes church leaders from faraway cities travel to Utah to see how their churches can help the new Utah churches

Prayer Requests

  • Pray that new churches in the area will continue to grow stronger.

  • Pray that more people who want to start new churches will move to Utah.

  • Pray that the Kerns family’s friends in Utah will want to know more about Jesus and the Bible.

  • Pray that churches in other states will want to help the new churches.



Travis Kerns

As a missionary in Utah, Mr. Kerns enjoys sharing the vision for Utah and getting others excited about how they can help.

Travis Kerns and Planters

To help church planters, Mr. and Mrs. Kerns schedule times that the planters’ families can come together for fellowship.


Kerns relationships

The Kerns family tries to develop meaningful relationships with those around them, invite them to their home, get to know their families, and show the love of Christ and His grace.


Photos courtesy of NAMB






























Missions Area: Salt Lake City, Utah

About 2.5 million people live in the Salt Lake City, Utah, area, but only about 2.5 percent of those people are affiliated with an evangelical church. Most people are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), but about 21 percent are not involved with any kind of religion.

To help people in Utah learn what the Bible says about Jesus, Southern Baptists have made Salt Lake City a SEND City, and are planting many new churches there. 

Additional information and activities are in Fall Mission Friends Leader, pages 8–24 the September leaflet of Fall Mission Friends at Home, and First Steps in Missions, vol. 23, pages 6–12. WMU Year Book 2017–2018 has planning helps.

by Nell Branum, Gardendale, AL.

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