Steve Shadrach makes the following #wowQuote in his book “The God Ask,” and I have wholeheartedly embraced… because it’s bang on!
“In some churches, you will raise support
and in others you will raise supporters.”
Since reading it, I have quoted it numerous times… Here’s the essence – for me:
A pastor may, for any number of reasons, express to you that their church is unable to offer financial support at this time (size, stage of growth, economic climate, etc.), and it’s often just as difficult for them to say “no” as it is for you to hear. My response…
“No problem, here’s how you can help…”
I then talk about my kids who will experience much change as they become global and suggest getting a Sunday School class or seniors in the church to adopt them as a Prayer Project. We will provide their photo, birth dates and other pertinent information and they only have to do two things:
- Pray for them regularly by name and referencing France.
- Write them a note card for birthdays or a holiday, reminding them that
- They are not forgotten
- They are being prayed for
- God wants to, and will, use them in France also.
Not only does it mean the world to us to have our kids encouraged, but it will also benefit those taking part as well.
For Kids: It’ll embed in them a connection to world missions in general and Western France in particular. This connection is then part of their early memories, paving the way for greater missions involvement later on.
For Seniors: It allows them to contribute in a meaningful way, even if a limited income hinders them from giving financially the way they’d like or if mobility issues prevent them from getting out regularly.
Over time, these kids or seniors are becoming supporters even if they can’t offer financial support at this time. To get back to Steve Shadrach’s quote… this is how we raise supporters.
Raising Children with a Global Outlook
…that reminds me. I wanted to tell you about he fourth workshop we attended at General Conference: “Raising Children with a Global Outlook.” It’s facilitators were Angie Clark (author of numerous resources on developing kids’s prayer), Linda Poitras (WEC staff, author & retired missionary) and Cylinda Nickel (MK Ministries).
The goal… help children develop a sensitivity to God and to the work of missions in a global environment. Here are some steps that will help accomplish that.:
- Your passions is important. Kids will mirror you so let them see passion for missions and the work of God in you.
- Results will come when you know what the goal is… be patient and be intentional about planning.
- Nurture their gifts. Mentoring is training an individual to mimick/imitate the behaviour attitudes of another whereas nurturing focuses on their interest in involvement.
- If you don’t like the results you’re seeing initially…. change yourself. Don’t seek to change them first off.
“For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father’s house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
This passage of scripture, Shared by Sis. Poitras, is relevant for a couple of reasons…
- It underscores the value of each child. Who knows what the Lord has planned for them? Getting them connected to missions could lead to a child making a difference across the world or in their city.
- The numeral reference (4:14) is also a target age-bracket for secular marketers: from computer games to clothing and more. If they can get a child “hooked” on their product at a young age there’s a good chance that they’ll have them for ages! How much more in the Kingdom and Work of God!
Tips & Resources
Tips for growing a child with a global vision:
- When you find them looking out their window… ask them how they can impact the place where they are living, right now.
- Adopt another missionary family… in particular with a child their age. Pray for and connect with them regularly
- Get them to hold a globe in their hands and pray for different places in the world.
- www.AngieClark.net (kids prayer section)
- 7 Essentials of Kids’ Prayer
(available in paperback or e-version).
- Up with MKs (resources on praying for Missionary Kids)
- Prayer using M&Ms (part of KidsPrayer.com)
Now…. go grow some global kids… !
Thanks for stopping by today… Let what you read inform your prayers.