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Others in My Community

Birmingham Alabama

Last week I looked out across the city of Birmingham from the tower that is the base of the Vulcan statue, which is the symbol for the city and reflects Birmingham’s background in the iron and steel industry. The statue is at the top of Red Mountain. From the tower you can look out over the city in the valley below to see the hospitals, churches, synagogue, university buildings, airport, homes, roads, schools, and the tall buildings of downtown. You also see the trees and rolling mountains on all sides. It is a wonderful view of this community at the southern end of the Appalachians.

During July we focus on the Christian concept area of community in Mission Friends. In talking with preschoolers about community, this relates to the people who live near me in my town or neighborhood. As we talk about the Hmong people in Southeast Asia, we will focus on the strong communities they develop.

5 Steps to Create Dynamic Interest Areas

Are the interest areas in your Mission Friends classroom actually interesting? How do you make the interest areas to be the places where preschoolers are engaged in learning about missions? We offer five things you can do to boost the interest in your interest areas.

Others in the World

children of the world

“You mean they don’t have a church to go to?” One of our preschoolers asked this question as we talked about the special workers during the recent Mission Friends unit on North Africa and the Middle East.

Praying for Child #14

praying for a child

I don’t know her name, but I have prayed for child #14 since the beginning of this school year. At that time, a friend from my church, who teaches Kindergarten in public school, posted on Facebook to ask friends to cover her class of 19 children in prayer through the year.

Get Real: Parenting Millennials Requires Authenticity and Vulnerability

Parenting Millennials

A godly woman once shared, “Laura, you will always love your children more than your parents.” I was startled and a bit horrified by that statement back then but have come to understand it as I’ve grown older.

Missionary Spotlight Update: Nate and Aimee Friedrichsen

Nate and Aimee Friedrichsen and sons

One of Nate and Aimee Friedrichsen’s prayer requests was “for people in Ohio City who have no Christian friends to have believing friends because our church made intentional connections.

Counting in Japanese

Counting

Ichi, ni, san, shi, go.” You might hear us counting in Japanese if you come by my Mission Friends class. Sometimes in our sessions, you will hear preschoolers carrying on a conversation in Japanese.

The Bible Tells Me So

Use the Bible

The song we sing so often with preschoolers, “Jesus Loves Me,” speaks of the Bible. “Jesus loves me! this I know, For the Bible tells me so.”1 The Bible is how God makes Himself known to us, and because of this, it is a foundational concept area that we want to teach preschoolers.

During May, Bible is the Christian concept area in Mission Friends. These are the truths about the Bible to focus on this month as you teach your preschoolers.

Focus on God at Easter

God loves us always

Easter is a time to celebrate! We rejoice at Easter because we are reminded of God’s love for us and the gift of eternal life that He gives us through the death and resurrection of His Son. During April in Mission Friends, we focus on the Christian concept area of God. We can use this concept area with preschoolers during the Easter season as we help them learn about God.

Celebrate Week of the Young Child

Bubbles!

Our most precious resources are our preschoolers! Full of life and energy, they are worth celebrating. Week of the Young Child is observed nationwide on April 8–12 as a time to draw attention to preschoolers as our youngest learners. The theme for this year is Step It Up. Let’s step it up by planning to do at least one thing during Week of the Young Child to celebrate preschoolers.

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