Looking for a way to give your kids global-gospel eyes? Then check out this massive resource – Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide to Every Nation.
A RESEARCH TOOL
Operation World is a reference book containing information about each of the world’s countries. Each country is profiled outlining geography, people, economy, politics, and a breakdown of religions.
A PRAYER BOOK
Far from being a dry database of facts about the world, Operation World chronicles the evangelization of the world, noting missions emphasis and victories among peoplegroups considered unreached – with little to no access to the gospel.
Nearly 2.84 billion of the world’s population are still considered unreached or among the world’s least reached.
The book opens with a great challenge for prayer in Christians to complete this task and includes specific prayer points for world missions. Each country includes answers to prayer as well as challenges to prayer including the physical needs specific that country, how to pray for the population, and missionary personnel on the ground.
Although this could be a great reference book to keep on hand for research papers or missions projects, it is best used as a prayer guide.
Here are some ideas for using this book in your home:
–Pick a country during family devotions and take turns reading about it.
–Bring a globe into your reading time for fun. Let smaller children spin the globe to pick the country you learn about or let older children find the country on a globe after it’s been selected.
–Spend a week praying for a specific country during meal time, following the prayer points outlined in the book.
–Let your children make a poster about your country with facts from the book.
–Have your child write notes to missionary personnel living and working among people they’ve read about and prayed for.
–Turn your reading into a hands-on missions project. Look for refugees from countries you’ve read about who have relocated to your area. As a family, pray about ways to minister to them. Let your kids lead the way as God calls ideas to their minds and hearts.
For more information about Operation World, check out their website. From their Facebook page, you can receive daily prayer reminders in your newsfeed about pressing concerns in specifics countries. You can also follow them on twitter.
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