Families on Mission

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Making Disciples at the Football Stadium

Fall is a great time for families on mission. With fall comes colorful leaves, back to school shopping, and, yes, football. From peewee to pro, opportunities abound to watch football played by all ages. Many women love football and enjoy cheering for their favorite teams. Others, however, just tolerate the game for the sake of people in their lives who enjoy it. Regardless of opinions about the sport, football games may give an opportunity to minister and reach out to others during this fall season. Fans are definitely a cross section of society, and games give families an opportunity to get to know and witness to people outside their circle of friends.

Here are some ideas for your Christian football playbook.

"Mom, Where Is Peru?"

I love conversations with my eight-year-old son, Landon, but I especially enjoy conversations about our faith and sharing our faith with others. He recently claimed Christ as his Savior, so these conversations are increasing.

“Why do some people choose not to accept Jesus?” has been his hardest question for me to answer so far. If we are honest, it’s a tough one for any Christian to comprehend, much less an eight-year-old. One of my favorite questions has to be when he asked why missionaries would leave their families to go around the world to tell others about Jesus.

To help both of our sons understand what we can do to share our faith with others, we are active in missions discipleship as a family. Tommy leads RA, I lead GA, and both boys are active in missions. We’ve been on family missions trips and participated in local Children’s Missions Day projects. We see great value in making sure our children understand the Great Commission and that we are all responsible for living out our faith in front of others.

Being a Missional Family

“Families on Mission” is more than a concept or even a catchphrase.

At least, it should be.

After all, who better to do missions with than the people you love the most—your own family! What a great future we are providing our children as we not only teach them about missions, but we serve together doing missions.

While summer is in full swing, there is no better time than now to get your family involved in a missions project. Your project doesn't have to be anything elaborate, cost a small fortune, or even require faraway travel. You can do missions as a family in your own community!

Here are a few ways your family can get involved in the mission of God.

More than Bunnies, Candy, and Eggs

This past Sunday at my church, children of all ages joyfully paraded into the sanctuary, waving palm branches and singing loud hosannas. What a simple act to actively involve kids in a meaningful worship experience!

But do you struggle to explain the meaning of Holy Week to your child? After all, we just celebrated the birth of baby Jesus a few short months ago! Yet now we are going to celebrate His death and Resurrection? And what do bunnies, chocolate candy, and colored eggs have to do with any of it? For many kids, particularly younger ones, this concept can be especially difficult to wrap their heads around.

This Easter, I encourage you to sit down with your kids and read the Bible together. As a family, share the amazing stories surrounding Jesus’ death and Resurrection. Be prepared to answer their questions by pointing them back to the one true source, the Bible. In doing so, you set a positive example as you connect kids to God’s Word for a lifetime.

I have laid out a daily Bible reading plan that you can use to guide you as you move through the week.

Missions in a Box: Adventure Is Calling

Missions in a Box, Thailand

Are you looking for a way to bring missions home to your child?

I recently enjoyed a rainy Saturday afternoon experiencing Missions in a Box: Thailand with my 11-year-old son, Bates. He loved everything about it, especially making fried bananas and learning how to “talk Thai”! Bates celebrated his missions lesson by dedicating a special place on the corkboard over his bed for his new Thailand patch. He says it will be a daily reminder to pray for the Thai people and the missionaries serving there.

Missions in a Box, designed for boys and girls aged 6–12, is an interactive product to make missions discipleship come alive as a family. As you engage with your child in a new culture, you will learn about traditions, cuisine, games, arts and crafts, as well as missions work happening there—all while having a great time together. It is perfect for homeschool families looking to add a missional element to their curriculum or families wanting to learn more about missions initiatives around the world.

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:

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