Preschool Missions Focus

Rice 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.


Missions Focus January 2018

Missions Area: New Orleans, Louisiana | Concept Area: Self | Missionaries: Ryan and Seané Rice

5 Fun Facts about the Missionaries

  1. Ryan and Seané Rice met one another while they were in school at Dillard University in New Orleans. They’ve now been married 11 years.

  2. Mr. and Mrs. Rice have four children, Ryan, Jr., Brayden, Reagen, and Bailey.

  3. Mr. and Mrs. Rice love to try new and different restaurants in New Orleans.

  4. As a child, Seané Rice loved going to VBS and Sunday School. She says her favorite thing as a child was hearing the stories in the Bible, especially the stories about Jesus.

  5. Mr. and Mrs. Rice’s greatest joy in life is reaching, loving, and pointing people to Jesus.


Prayer Requests

  • Pray that the Rices will be able to reach out to families in the community, especially those with children and teenagers.

  • Pray that the Lord will raise up more leaders to help and serve in the local church.

  • Pray that church members will share the story of Jesus with their friends and neighbors.

  • Pray that the Rices will continue to grow in their love for serving others in the name of Jesus.

  • Pray that the Rices will be strengthened to fulfill the ministry God has given them in New Orleans.



School supply distribution

The Rice’s church, Connect Church of Algiers, loves community outreach. They have an annual back to school festival where they give away free back packs and school supplies.

Mrs. Rice teaching Sunday School

Connect Church of Algiers offers Sunday School for children. Every week, the children learn key Bible stories. They also learn about missions and how they can be involved in missions.

Adults at Connect Church

Mr. Rice says that the adults in the church must be the example for the children. Adults must train the next generation by involving children in missions with their families.

Photos courtesy of the Rices




























Missions Area: New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans is a unique city. It is a large city, but it is broken up into smaller communities which are very different. The Rices’ neighborhood is in the oldest community in New Orleans. Mr. Rice describes New Orleans as “an urban/suburban mix.” Each area has individual needs that range from physical needs to spiritual needs.

Connect Church of Algiers, the church plant in which the Rices serve, meets needs to developing partnerships in their community. They partner with a local elementary school by helping with special events and maintenance. Another partner is an apartment complex where the church family serves by offering financial literacy programs, free health fairs, Bible studies, and Bible clubs for children. They also reach out to their community through block parties and festivals.

Additional information and activities are in Winter Mission Friends Leader, pages 46–62, the January leaflet of Winter Mission Friends at Home, and First Steps in Missions, vol. 23, pages 36–42, WMU Year Book 2017–18 has planning helps.

by Andrea Floyd, Tupelo, MS.

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.


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