Missions Resources to use with kids

Yesterday at BeFree Dover was Missions Sunday, a chance highlight how God is working around the world, especially through the work of our church supported missionaries.

As you may know, each DIG class has adopted one BeFree supported missionary that they pray for throughout the year. During class yesterday, teachers shared updates about each missionary and children received an info page so that they can pray for them at home (if you need a sheet, there are extras by each DIG classroom doorway).  Children got a chance to create pictures and write letters that will be passed on to the missionaries.

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Below is a list of resources parents can use to educate and involve kids in global missions.

Children’s Books About Missions

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From Ameba to Zapotec by June Hathersmith, Alice Roder– This is an alphabet book about “unreached” people groups, peoples who have limited access to the Bible.  Although out of print, it is easy to find used copies online.  A great resource for toddlers and preschoolers. 

http://www.amazon.com/From-Akebu-Zapotec-Bibleless-Peoples/dp/0938978284

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Window on the World by Daphne Spraggett , Jill JohnstoneAn excellent resource about unreached people groups, complete with photographs, anecdotes, and maps (Each DIG classroom has a copy as a resource.) Appropriate for preschool through middle school.

http://www.amazon.com/Window-World-When-Pray-Works/dp/0830857826

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Jerusalum to Irian Jaya by Ruth Tucker-This exhaustive well researched volume gives an overview of the history of Christian missions.  For elementary aged kids and up, great as a read aloud.

http://www.christianbook.com/jerusalem-biographical-christian-missions-second-edition/ruth-tucker/9780310239376/pd/39370

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Christian Hereos of Then and Now Series-This missionary biography series is put out by the mission board YWAM.  Great for read alouds to elementary aged kids or for middle school independent reading.  

 http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/easy_find?N=0&Ne=0&Ntk=keywords&Ntt=Christian+Heroes+series+-+YWAM&action=Search&cms=1&event=AFF&nav_search=1&p=1179283

Books for Parents

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Operation World by Jason Mandryk-The adult version of Window on the World but it covers every country, it’s vital statistics, and prayer requests.  Great resource for family devotions.  

http://www.christianbook.com/operation-definitive-prayer-guide-every-nation/jason-mandryk/9780830857241/pd/857241?event=ESRCQ

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Becoming a World Changing Family by Donna Thomas-A helpful guide that outlines how families can be involved in Global Missions.

http://www.christianbook.com/becoming-a-world-changing-family/donna-thomas/9781576584521/pd/584521?event=AFF&item_code=WW&netp_id=512838&p=1179283&view=details

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The Mission Minded Child by Ann Dunagan-Another book that gives parents guidance in how to give their children a heart for Global Missions.  

 http://www.amazon.com/The-Mission-Minded-Child-Raising-Generation/dp/1932805885

Online Resources

*Wycliffe’s kids-Lots of cool activities to share with kids about Wycliffe’s bible translation. https://www.wycliffe.org/resources/kids-activities

*In Their Shoes-Free resources to use with kids about poverty around the world.   http://stepintomyshoes.org/

*Joshua Project-Information about unreached people groups.  http://joshuaproject.net/

*Operation World-http://www.operationworld.org/

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