Welcome to Ministry Monday at Hive Resources! This series is for everyday women who minister through the everyday mission fields of life. Posts feature resources and ideas for discipleship, outreach events, women’s ministries, Bible study, hospitality, and more. Subscribe today!
My son brought me a ziplock bag of change (raided from the kitchen junk drawer).
“Look, Mom! I’m rich! Will you help me put this money in my piggy bank? I want to save up to buy something nice!”
I smiled. “That’s great, hon! Sure, I’d love to help.“
As we put each nickle, dime, and quarter into the slot of his bank, we talked about what he was going to buy with his loot. I watched as visions of toys and candy danced in his little head. When I broached the subject of saving up to help someone in need, his grip got a little tighter around the remaining coins in his hot hands.
My boys are still young, but I’ve noticed one thing in the last five years. Left to their own devices, my boys will certainly self-destruct. After all, it’s in our human nature to look out for No. 1. So, if I want my children to be compassionate, perceptive to the needs around them, and sensitive to the calling of our Lord, then they have to be taught – or shown.
There are many ways you can impress on your children the importance of sacrificial giving and humble service. But if you’re like me, and you need a little hands-on help in this area, then check out Kids on Mission.
An emphasis of the International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, Kids on Mission (KOM) helps children understand and apply the Great Commission in practical ways.
Here’s what Kids on Mission offers you as you get your own kids on mission this summer:
Resources on the world’s people groups
You can download “missions experiences” from locations such as Brazil, Southeast Asia, Nepal, Kazakhstan, and more. The packages include a bulleted guide, a newsletter, videos, maps, photos, and stories of people from the area.
Because each unit is paired with a Bible verse, these cute and free downloads are both family and classroom-friendly. (There’s even a leader’s manual for each unit, so parents don’t have to worry about teaching about a country they aren’t really familiar with! Everything is included.)
Practical ideas for praying for the nations
If you subscribe to the free KOM newsletter, you’ll also get some great ideas for teaching your kids how to pray for the nations! The newsletter helps kids learn:
- How to pray for missionary families
- About missionary kids (MKs)
- About the world’s lost
The newsletter also includes prayers stories and actual prayer requests from missionary kids around the world. Check out the KOM Pray archives for fun ideas for teaching your kids about how the world cultures spend holidays like Easter and more.
There is also a free downloadable prayer journal called Prayerthreads available if you’d like to accept the KOM Pray challenge to pray for different people groups. Other free printables include luggage tags, prayer certificates, and research on the people group the children have committed to cover in prayer.
Free video stories from the mission field
KOM also offers fun 5-minute videos created just for kids about IMB missionaries and the work they are doing around the world. The videos tell real-life stories of lives changed and point children to their own role in fulfilling the Great Commission. I loved this story of a young boy – and his entire family – who was transformed through Bible storying. Check out his story in the video below – it’s amazing!
For more free and fun ideas for exposing your kids to missions and cultures, check out the KOM website!
What do you do to teach your kids about God’s heart for the nations? Share your ideas in the comments!
For more ideas on mobilizing your own little missionaries, check out our ideas for transforming playdates in missions opportunities or tips on teaching your kids to be a dinner table missionary!
Today I’m linking up with: