Why I Lead GA: Another Leader Speaks Up

I’m a GA leader because I love GAs—once a GA, always a GA. I love that I was a GA and that someone was willing to teach me and that my church was willing to offer a program where I could learn about missionaries all around the world. I have a passion for sharing my love of missions with others, especially the next generations. I believe it’s important to teach children why missions are important instead of just saying they are. Children need to see what our missionaries are doing and who they serve. It’s our job to try to immerse them in the learning experience by bringing the location to them. We can do this by creating and providing a multisensory encounter. I have learned that kids are always amazed to find out something new. They love learning about a location they have never heard about or a type of missions work they have never thought about.  

They even need to see that our missionaries struggle and have to deal with problems in serving the Lord; just because they are missionaries doesn’t mean God makes everything perfect for them. I love seeing kids light up to see they have something in common with MKs when they read the MK Profiles. I’ve loved seeing my friends’ kids featured in these over the years as well. I believe that it is important for them to not only know about missionaries, but, in following the GA Pledge, to pray for missionaries, give to missionaries, be missionaries themselves, and participate in the work of the church. Leading girls to see that they are missionaries and teaching them to start living a missions lifestyle is the ultimate goal.

Though I love the weekly time with the girls and the lessons about our different missionaries and ministries, my favorite times with GAs are when we do extra things, things that stand out to them. I love attending GA JAM in Kentucky with them. This is a daylong event where they immersed in meeting “real live” missionaries and interacting with them, as well as participating in other fun activities with their GA group and others from across the state. I also love adding the different mission studies to enhance the girls’ learning. I think it is very important for them to understand why we collect special offerings for missions. These studies are the perfect time to instill a heart for giving and to teach them about pillars of missions like Annie Armstrong and Lottie Moon.

I will continue to serve as a missions leader as long as I’m asked, because I still believe the Great Commission is relevant—and so is missions education. I believe we are still to go to the ends of the earth to tell people about Jesus, so we must have people willing to continue to teach the next generations so that they will be ready to go as well. Some people think missions education is irrelevant and outdated, but I believe it’s as relevant today as it has ever been. I believe that we must keep reaching out to our children and showing them the importance of going, telling, and sharing the love of Jesus.  As long as God calls me to serve in GA, I will say, “Here am I. Send me!”

 

by Melissa Logsdon-Young

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