Missions Education Is Still Relevant

I'm a GA leader because I love Girls in Action. Once a GA, always a GA. I love that I was a GA, 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 is important instead of just saying it is. Children need to see what our missionaries are doing and learn about the people those missionaries are serving among. 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 before or a type of missions work they have never thought about. I love seeing kids light up when they realize they have something in common with MKs as they read the MK Profiles. (I've also loved seeing my friends' kids featured in these profiles over the years.) Kids even need to see that our missionaries struggle and have to deal with problems in serving the Lord. They need to see that just because someone is a missionary doesn't mean God makes everything perfect for him or her.

I believe it is not only important for kids to know about missionaries but also for them to follow the rest of 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 they are missionaries and teaching them to start living a missional lifestyle is the ultimate goal.

Though I love the weekly time with the girls and the lessons about our missionaries and the different 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 day-long event where they are immersed in meeting "real live" missionaries and interacting with them, as well as getting to participate in other fun activities with their GA group and others from all 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 missions offerings. These studies are the perfect time to instill a heart for giving and to teach them about the pillars of missions like Annie Armstrong and Lottie Moon.

I will continue to serve as a missions leader as long as I'm asked to 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 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 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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