Let’s Get Together

Does your myMISSION group ever get together with the other women’s missions groups in your church? How do you feel about younger and older women doing missions projects together and celebrating missions milestones? Is there value to being with women of all ages? Here’s how one young woman feels about this:

“I love intergenerational groups. I think there needs to be understanding on both sides for them to be successful. Younger women have so much to learn from other generations. I know that when I raise children the world around me will be totally different than it was for my parents when they raised my sister and me in the 80s and 90s. However, it was totally different for them than it was for their parents when they were being raised in the 50s and 60s.

“The world around us changes, principles don't. I will still need advice and wisdom on how to pray for my children, teach my children biblical discipline, and how to be a good wife and mom. I want to surround myself with women who I see that have done that well (which, for me, luckily includes my mom).

“I know Mom didn't contend with cell phones or Facebook like I will and I don't care. She knew how to love us well. That's what I want to do and that won't be different for me than it was for her, even if we're in flying cars by the time I have children. At the same time, older women should be willing to adapt to today. For instance, ‘You want to know how I did it? I prayed diligently for my child every day. Oh! There's an app for that? Show me.’

“If older women will have those conversations for younger women, I think we’d find a good balance of teaching and mutual respect. It will help break the stereotypes of the older generations so younger women will feel more comfortable. But any woman my age who thinks she doesn't have something to learn from older women is, in my opinion, foolish. If I'm only ever surrounded by women who are going through exactly what I'm going through we all end up commiserating together. If I can share my struggles with someone who's been there, I can avoid their mistakes and grow closer to Christ in the process. Who wouldn't prefer that?”

Do you agree or disagree with this woman? Try something missionally that spans the generations and let us know how it turns out!

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