Preschool

Missionary Spotlight Update: Cameron and Jessica Armstrong

Armstrong family

In 2011, Jessica and Cameron Armstrong married and pursued their calling from God to Bucharest, Romania. The couple struggled to make friends until their daughter, Sara, was born in 2016.

Unshakable Pursuit

Pursuing God in prayer

I woke up in the morning with the hymn “More Love to Thee, O Christ” running through my head. The song is such a sweet prayer to God, and is one of desiring more devotion to God.

Compassion for Others

Developing compassion

Our preschoolers are growing up in a “me” world. A look at today’s advertising shows this fact as we are encouraged to do what is best for me, satisfy our own wants, and think of me first. Preschoolers grow up thinking that the world revolves around them and their needs. Preschoolers need to be nurtured to be compassionate toward others.

Reflections from Camp Staff Reunion

Dock at sunrise Lake Yale, FL

Alligator stories, bunk beds, the dock at sunrise, and friendships renewed. Last weekend was filled with these things and more as I attended a reunion of camp counselors from Girls in Action (GA)/Acteens camp.

Teaching Babies, Ones, and Twos

Baby

Ten-month-old Trey reaches his hands over the side of his high chair and drops a toy onto the floor. He leans over to look for the toy as you pick it up and put it back in his hands. He giggles as he once again drops the toy and leans over to watch you pick it up again. This game is repeated several times as you play together. Trey is having fun, but does this show you anything about his faith development?

Missionary Spotlight Update: Bill Barker

Bill Barker picking up backpacks

In May 2017, while seeking direction for ministry, Bill Barker sensed God’s voice: “I am pruning you so that you can bear more fruit.” Effective January 1, 2018, the Georgia Baptist Mission Board called Barker to serve as state missionary/director of

So You Teach Mission Friends

building site

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.

Unshakable Pursuit

Bible study

These little people literally run into our Mission Friends room each week. They have expectant looks on their faces as they ask, “What are we doing today?” In Mission Friends at my church, our preschoolers come to us from preschool choir each week, which is held in a classroom down the hall. They run into our room with excitement at the possibilities of what they might get to do in that session of Mission Friends. My co-teacher and I are ready for them with activities to help them learn how missionaries tell others about God’s love. We have to be ready, or it will be chaos when they arrive.

Talking about Missionaries

What is a missionary?

Finn exclaimed to his dad, “I’m going to missionary!” He said it as if missionary was the name of a place. His dad just looked at him, not knowing what to say. Since this was Finn’s first session in Mission Friends, I was very impressed that he remembered the word missionary. This happened last week at the end of our Mission Friends session as parents came to pick up their preschoolers. This was our first session in the new church year, and we had a whole new set of preschoolers who moved into our class. We have 3s and 4s, but it so happened that our entire group for this first session were 3s who had never been in Mission Friends before. Most of them were not familiar with the term missionary.

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