What Makes a Good Missions Project?

I’ve been asked forms of this question for quite some time now. I believe leaders want to make sure that the time they are investing in the children of their organization is not only a valuable use of leader time and church budgets but also a valuable learning experience for children.

Knowing that, consider these thoughts the next time you plan a missions project for the children of your organizations:

  1. Missions projects should be designed so that someone who is unchurched hears about Jesus.
  2. Children’s missions projects can incorporate the meeting of a physical need infused with the sharing of the gospel.
  3. If children are making something that someone else will use as they share the gospel, children should see how their items are used. This could be a video, Skype, through pictures, or even a letter. Remember, children are concrete thinkers and learn through experiences!
  4. Children should be given multiple opportunities to tell people in their community what they are learning about Jesus. The more opportunities we give children to share the gospel, the more sharing the gospel will become an important part of their lives.

GAs and RAs from Champion Forest Baptist Church, Houston, TX, recently created “sock lunches” to distribute to the homeless in their community. While this meets a definite physical need (new socks and food), it meets a spiritual need because scripture is given to each recipient as part of the package.

Children in this church are learning to share the gospel with those in their community while they help with physical needs. And, prayerfully, those people who receive this lunch will also begin to learn about God’s love for them and desire for them to know Him.

What is your next project? Whatever it may be, remember that children can make a huge impact on the unchurched in your community as they learn to meet physical needs and present scripture, their knowledge of Jesus, and Bible truths to those they come in contact with every day.

We’d like to share your project ideas with others. Send us pictures and stories: children@wmu.org.

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