At-home Missions Discipleship? Yes!

smiling child with his Missions in a Box - Thailand

Our team recently released an at-home missions discipleship product that my 7-year-old son and I have already enjoyed together. For the Children’s Resource Team, the process started over a year ago when we began to investigate a concept of an at-home product for families to use together to learn about missions work happening somewhere in the world. Missions in a Box was born from this research and many conversations.

When Missions in a Box: Thailand released, I took one of the first kits home to my 7-year-old. He and I spent time reading through and learning facts about Thailand. We even made a craft together.

Below is my Facebook post from that evening:

Part of my job is to help ensure the curriculum and products our team develops are educationally and developmentally appropriate. I often bring work home with me for the boys to test. This month, our team released Missions in a Box: Thailand. As the 7-year-old and I have learned about the culture and missions work in Thailand, we’ve completed some of the activities in the activity booklet, and tonight we decided to make the craft. 
He was impressed when he found out that lotus flowers (our craft) are used in celebrations and often have candles and coins placed on them before they are sent down the river.
Before I could even tell him, he asked, “Do you think children swim in the river looking for coins the next day?”

When we read a bit further, we found out that they do!

We had a great time solving the puzzles, making the craft, and learning neat things about a country and people my son may never get to see. But because he experienced a bit of Thailand in our own home, my son can now pray for the children swimming in the river looking for coins as well as the missions work happening there.

We know that as children's first teachers, parents are looking to teach their children about the importance of the Great Commission and will want to use this product over the course of several experiences with an elementary-age child. We’ve already heard great reviews of the product from families who have tried Missions in a Box and are excited about publishing another experience this fall.

I’m excited to hear from you about your experience with Missions in a Box. Send me an email and let me know what you think at hkeller@wmu.org.

Missions in a Box: Thailand from WMU on Vimeo.


Heather Keller is the Girls in Action and Children in Action consultant at national WMU. She and her husband, Tommy, are busy raising two growing boys who enjoy trying out new games, products, and ideas for Heather’s work. When she isn’t writing blogs, Heather enjoys leading GAs in her own church and traveling.

 

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