Mission Friends

Update from Nathan Knight

Knight family

Restoration Church is in its 6th year of ministry as a church and we are finding that it will be a year of transition. A fair portion of the people who have been with us and bought in for years will be moving from the city and on to other things. This will test how we have been developing leaders. We are praying that the Lord would use this time to see other people seize the opportunity to step in and lead in ways they previously have not.

We also will see a new church planter and his wife move into the city and be a part of our church. We are prayerfully hoping to plant a Spanish-speaking church here in the city next year some time. In the meantime we will be trying to get to know, train, and then send them to reach the Hispanics of DC.

As it relates to prayer requests, please be in prayer for the above as well as asking the Lord to see some radical conversions that serve to glorify the Lord and provide encouragement to the saints here to persevere in the great task of making disciples that delight in the supremacy of Christ.

After a Parent Dies

Sad child

In May and June, we celebrate parenthood through Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. But what happens when a parent dies? What about preschoolers who have lost a parent to death? The holidays may make these children feel even more isolated as they see and hear the message that all the other children have a mother or father. The following suggestions will help you minister to these preschoolers and their families:

All for You—Surrender, Sacrifice, Serve

Two tickets

Two little paper tickets are a reminder to me of the meaning of sacrificial giving. The 2 tickets were given to me several months ago by one of my Mission Friends. The tickets have the outline of a mouse printed on them, and these are tickets to play games at a kid-friendly pizza place. One night in Mission Friends not long after his birthday, one of our preschoolers reached into his pocket and brought out the tickets. As he handed the tickets to me, he told me that he wanted to give the tickets to me. This was right at the time when we collected money in our banks for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering®. We were talking about the importance of giving. Through my conversation with him about the tickets, I realized that this was his gift of something of value to him. Though the tickets say, “No cash value,” they were of value to this preschooler. He was willing to give up something that he valued.

About Writing Always Remember to Pray

First illustration in progress!

Join us for an interview with Robin McCall, author of Always Remember to Pray:

Why did you want to write a book about prayer for preschoolers?

In preparation for WMU’s Project Help PTSD, I studied factors that help preschoolers build coping skills and resilience. In researching these factors, I kept coming back to prayer as a major influence in helping all of us—adults, as well as preschoolers—to cope with stress and fear. As we learn to pray without ceasing, we develop faith that God truly is with us in every situation. This realization of His ever-present help is vital to the spiritual formation of preschoolers and children. I wanted to create a book that would open opportunities for grown-ups to help little ones talk about prayer.

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Three Glazed Donuts

Little girl with sugar glazed face

There was something all around his mouth, spanning from one ear to the other. It looked strangely like donut glaze. I asked, “Did you eat something in preschool choir tonight?” He confirmed my suspicions by shouting, “Yes! We had donuts!” Later I found out that he had eaten not just 1, but 3 donuts. Thus the amount of donut glaze on his face. I wondered why they allowed the preschooler to eat 3 glazed donuts at 6:30 in the evening. On the previous Sunday, our preschool choir sang in the morning worship service, and this was their party or reward for singing so nicely. But 3 donuts?!

A Recipe from Kristi Stanton

Granola and yogurt

Want to do something fun this week? Use Kristi Stanton’s yummy granola recipe to make a delicious, nutritious snack for your preschoolers. After you’ve mixed up the granola and popped it into the oven, spend some time in prayer for the Stanton family. Please pray for God’s guidance and direction for their family and ask Him to continue opening new ministry opportunities.

Kristi’s Basic Granola

In large mixing bowl, stir together:
41/2  cups old-fashioned cooking oats
1 cup coconut (shredded, un-sweet)
1 cup chopped nuts
1/2 cup freshly ground flax seeds
*note: I choose my spices and add these to the wet ingredients instead of adding them here.

In a saucepan, over medium-low heat, stir until blended:
1/2 cup raw honey
1/4 cup molasses
1/4 cup oil
1 tablespoon cinnamon (or other seasonings)
1 teaspoon salt

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Thank You!

Christmas in August

Do you ever wonder how your Christmas in August gifts are received and what happens after you send them? Be encouraged today by this thank-you message from Arlene Miller of Impact Ministry in Hopkinsville, Kentucky:

"Thank you for allowing Impact Ministry to be included on the Mission Friends [Christmas in August] list of ministries to get donations. It has been such a blessing to get boxes and letters. Many of the boxes contained pictures and items that the children had made. Most of them had a note saying they had prayed for us. Some local churches brought their children to visit and deliver their donations.

"We received gifts from 17 different states and 130 different churches. Some sent 1 package while others sent as many as 7 boxes.

"We know that the prayers of all of those collecting and packing the boxes were heard and His Holy Spirit touched hearts and people were saved. Several people gave their heart to Jesus these past few months as they met with our spiritual counselors the day they came for assistance.

Update from Brett Myers

Myers Family

Brett Myers recently sent us the following update on his ministry at Southwinds Church at Mahogany. As you read his update, please consider how you can share this information with your preschoolers in age-appropriate ways.

“Thanks so much for spending time praying for our family.

Things are going well here. Our church family is growing, and God is certainly blessing our work. We have 5 baptisms to do as soon as the lake in our community warms up after winter, so that’s very exciting! Of course, we meet in a community center, so we don’t have an indoor baptismal pool.

We seem to really be growing a lot in young families, which is who lives in our community. We average 45–50 on Sundays, and would have about 70–80 if all of our “regulars” were there at one time. And of those 70–80, we counted a couple weeks ago 30+ kids from newborn to 12 years old . . . which of course, brings such life to the church. 

Learning about Missions

Long ago, Annie Armstrong spoke of the importance of study of the missions field. What the first corresponding secretary of WMU called “study of the mission field” we would now say, “learning about missions.” She identified this as the driving force between studying God’s Word and how much we pray and give. During this month of the North American Missions Emphasis, it is good for us to consider Annie Armstrong’s insights as we encourage preschoolers to pray for and give to missions. They first need to learn about missions before they can then pray and give.

It is good to consider Annie Armstrong’s insights as we encourage preschoolers to pray for and give to missions.

Mission Friends at the End of the Day

By the time my Mission Friends arrive in our room at church, they are about worn out! One even told me last week, “I’m tired.” Our church has Mission Friends on Wednesday nights when prayer meeting and mid-week Bible studies are happening for their parents. Many of the preschoolers have been in a weekday preschool program or full day care. Their families come straight to church for the Wednesday evening meal. The preschoolers then go to Preschool Choir, which is fairly structured. Then they come to Mission Friends, and they have had about all they can take. Some evenings, their attention spans have gone out the window!

I have a feeling I am not the only one who experiences this. Are there other Mission Friends leaders whose preschoolers come to you at the end of a long day? Here are some words of encouragement, and I am speaking to myself, also.

Keep on loving your preschoolers, even at the end of the day.

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