Touching the Future

preschoolers in a classroom

She invited us to close our eyes and imagine a beautiful little boy with curly blond hair and big blue eyes named Jason. I was immediately hooked and wanted to know more. Robin invited us into her story and her life. She told how the little boy loved his mama and wanted to be with her all the time. His mama, Kathy, was one of Robin’s best friends.

When Jason started going to Mission Friends, Robin would “peel” him off Kathy’s hip and put him on her own. Gradually, he began to acknowledge the other children. Eventually, he started playing with them. Two years later, he was a leader loving on new children and making sure they were a part of the group. In that time, he fell in love with missions, being the first to try new foods or dress up in a costume and tell people Jesus loves them. He said he wanted to be a missionary one day.

Jason grew up and became a nurse practitioner, going on his first medical mission trip in 2011. In 2014, he wanted Robin to pray for his trip to Madagascar. As soon as his plane landed, Jason’s wife called Robin to let her know Jason had made it home. Robin told her it was so coincidental because Mission Friends were studying the ministry of Jeremy and Angela Newton in Madagascar that very month. His wife said, “Good to know so many were praying. Jason’s been ministering with the Newtons all week.”

Robin has been teaching Mission Friends for 32 years. She says Jason’s story is amazing, but it’s not unusual. Over and over, she has seen how God takes our organized chaos and uses it to create a curiosity about and a love for missions in the hearts and minds of preschoolers. Then He builds on that foundation.

Robin says, “When I was just a young girl, I felt the call to ministry. For years I prayed for God to send me. He didn’t send me. But through Mission Friends, He’s allowed me to touch the future. He’s allowed me to touch the lives of those He would send.”

That is why we do what we do.


Nothing is wasted in Your economy. Remind leaders of preschoolers and children You are at work in the midst of every messy project and thunderous classroom of children. You are molding their tender hearts to love the peoples of the world. Give us the strength and grace to love each and every one of them in the process.

In Jesus’ name. 



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