Preschool

Project HELP: PTSD Ministering to Military Families

You may be near a military base with many military personnel, have one military family in your church, or have a family with a member in the National Guard or Reserves. As a preschool leader in the church, this is an opportunity for you to serve these families in a special way. As they entrust their preschooler to you while at church, this may open doors for you to reach out to military families. There are also opportunities to minister to military families outside the church.

Each military family has its own strengths and needs. Use these ideas as possibilities for ministry to the needs of military families. Realize that these are ideas for ministry to any military family, not just to those with a family member who has PTSD. Following are ways to give care and support to all military families.

A Leader’s Dilemma: Doing versus Being

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Leaders are busy people. We can easily begin to believe that God’s purpose for us is to perform in the leadership role we have. After all, we are leading others to be involved in missions around the world. Surely that pleases God, doesn’t it? We want to be sure we are being effective, striving for excellence, and making a valuable contribution to the kingdom of God. We want to use our spiritual gifts in service to show compassion, promote justice, and witness to others. Certainly, these are worthy goals, aren’t they?

The Bible does clearly call us to be disciples. Since the beginning of the church, serving has been a significant part of what Christ’s followers do. However, as leaders it is easy to substitute or confuse serving God with loving God.

Serving God focuses on what we do. We may mistakenly begin to think that the more we do or the better we do it, the more we please God. We work tirelessly, often neglecting our bodies, our families, or other responsibilities, all the while convincing ourselves we are being a great leader in God’s kingdom.

Project HELP: PTSD—How to Use with Preschoolers

As WMU focuses on Project HELP: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), all ages in the church are encouraged to be involved in this critical issue. You may be wondering, How can I focus on this critical issue with preschoolers?

Following are recommendations about using Project HELP: PTSD with preschoolers.

Hints for Preschool Teachers

Products for Mission Friends, Teachers, and Parents

These are just a few of our helpful books, resources and a Mission Friends T-Shirt. Many other books and resources are available as well as finger puppets and other items perfect for your preschool classroom or home! Order using the links to the WMU online store or call 1-800-968-7301.

Mission Friends Guide for Leaders

Mission Friends Guide for Leaders

By encouraging missions education for preschoolers, WMU meets and anticipates the ever-changing needs of your missions efforts. With a comprehensive preschool focus, this guide is essential for missions leaders who are serious about leading preschoolers in Mission Friends.

Christmas in August: Preschool

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Your Mission Friends group can directly help a North American missionary with items needed for ministry and outreach. We have included and a list of missionaries and their requested items. Read more information on Christmas in August...

Ideas for a Fifth Session of Mission Friends

Spring Mission Friends Leader

Sometimes you just need more to do with Mission Friends. It might be that you meet 5 times a month and there are only 4 sessions in Mission Friends Leader, what do you do?

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After a Parent Dies

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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:

Families on Mission

Sharing God's love together is sure to ignite a lifelong passion for missions in your family! Use these resources at home to reinforce what preschoolers are learning at church. Talking about and praying for missionaries will spark creative ideas for helping others in your own community.  

WMU has developed resources that can help your family reach out to others.


Families on Mission Calendar May 2016

Enjoy family time in the outdoors and learn about church planting in Washington, DC, this month. Print the calendar.


 

This Month 

Creative thoughts for family missions activities. Discover more about this month's featured missionary, including prayer requests and fun facts to share with your preschoolers.

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

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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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