So You Teach Mission Friends

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My church is in the construction process for a new building. I have to admit, it doesn’t look like much yet. The church made the decision many months ago to build this new building, but you can’t tell yet that there will be anything that even looks like a building structure. For many months, there was not any visible activity at all. Even though we could not see a building going up, work was being done to prepare for the building. Plans were drawn and finalized, contracts were signed, property lines were determined, and permits were secured. A couple weeks ago, we were able to see some action as they started clearing the land. Dirt is being moved around, and some large pipes are placed on the ground. It looks like a mess right now, but I know there is going to be a brick building one day that will be a place where our church family can meet and bring glory to His name.

Leading children in their faith journey is much like this process of constructing a building. Especially as you teach little ones in the preschool years, there is preparation work to be done. You are doing important work that may not have visible results for a time. When you say a Bible thought or tell preschoolers that Mr. Barker helps boys and girls in Appalachia know that Jesus loves them, you take a part in the construction process. As preschoolers grow, they learn about God and His love over a period of time. They build on what they have learned previously. Your portion in helping them grow toward God is part of a long range plan in the building process. Paul wrote: By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. (1 Cor. 3:10)

As you teach Mission Friends, think about that long range building plan. The missions experiences that you give preschoolers through Mission Friends will have an influence through the rest of their lives. The preschoolers you teach today will grow to serve in your church and community 15–20 years from now. Some may even serve as missionaries within North America or internationally. Several years ago a Mission Friends leader wrote in an email message, “Sometimes when I’m looking at one of those sweet little faces all covered with juice, or fruit, or finger paints gone awry, I wonder what the Lord sees—another Hudson Taylor, Anne or Adoniram Judson, Lottie, Annie? We can never take it too lightly.” So as you teach Mission Friends, build wisely and build with care. You and God are clearing the land on some glorious buildings.

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