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an update and looking ahead

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Hello there! I haven’t been posting much here at Faith Passed Down recently!

Though I did just “back-date” a couple posts from December about our low-key Christmas in “survival mode.” I started writing them but never published until today (in February!), so if you’re interested, you can read them here:

We are joyfully expecting twin boys this summer and – after we got over the shock of hearing “twins!” – I spent most of the next two months doing as little as possible while I dealt with first trimester morning sickness.

Thankfully, that is behind us, and I’m getting caught up on housework, paperwork, and hopefully, continuing with some new posts at Faith Passed Down.

Coming Up…

I’m looking forward to sharing with you soon about:

  • Candle Time – Our Simple Daily Family Devotions  – This started a little bit by accident when Advent ended but have become a lovely, easy part of our family’s day.
  • Christ-Centered Valentine’s Day Ideas for Young Children
  • Step Into My Shoes – an update on Compassion International’s wonderful lessons to help families process poverty together.
  • an update on Little Passports, a great way to help our children explore God’s World – my 3 year old is a huge fan!
  • Ideas for Observing Lent with Children

So stay tuned!

What to Expect:

I wanted to let you know that as I took a break from blogging over the past few months, and as I look ahead to making the jump from two to four children (!!) and hopefully moving overseas soon after that… I’ve done some thinking and considering about some goals for Faith Passed Down in 2016.

I’m trying to simplify things here at Faith Passed Down as much as possible. I really want to continue writing, but my only commitment to myself and to all of you is to write what I am able, when I am able.

I hope this works for me, but also for you too – the last thing I want to do is make faith-building seem overwhelming or overcomplicated. I am hoping to focus on simple, doable ways to share faith with the young people in your life – without too much frills or fluff. 🙂

There likely won’t be a weekly newsletter (though for now you can still receive posts automatically once a week), and I’m giving up aspirations of a thriving Instagram account, stellar photos in every single post, thousands of readers, or lots of bells and whistles. 🙂

Also, it seems like most “serious” bloggers today are pursuing ways to make an income on their blog – and there is nothing wrong with that! But I’ve realized I simply don’t have the time to do it. So, aside from using some affiliate links from Amazon or other companies I love (which can bring in a tiny bit of a commission if you buy through my links), I don’t plan to sell my own ebooks, promote lots of other products, offer speaking engagements, or focus on way to grow a large audience… I’m just aiming to keep sharing some ideas for faith-building with whoever is listening. 🙂

For now, email, Facebook, and Pinterest are the best ways to keep up with Faith Passed Down. I’m not planning to write on a schedule, but will post as possible (and you’ll keep getting those posts by email if you are a subscriber).

Thanks for checking in with Faith Passed Down!

– Kelly

Leave a comment below: what have you been up to over the past few months? Any life changes, big or small? I’d love to hear from you.

Read-Pray-Connect: An Introduction

Does your life ever feel overwhelming? Do I even need to ask? I’m guessing the answer is yes!

Sometimes, it seems my life is an ever-growing list of expectations and things I should be doing – be a “good” Christian with a growing faith, participate in a fulfilling marriage, teach my children to be functional human beings, be a good friend, take care of my own physical and emotional health, serve other people, keep our house from descending into a pit of laundry and dishes… it’s never-ending.

And when it comes to passing faith down to my children, it seems no different… I’m supposed to help them memorize Scripture, go to church, do family devotions, volunteer at church, play worship music, take them to Sunday school, do service projects…

I just don’t know how to do it all! And I’m not sure that we should be doing it all.

I want to get back to the basics of faith-building, and I want to invite you to join me! Rather than having a list of expectations that can never possibly be fulfilled, I want to choose just a few simple things to do consistently to focus on Christ in our home.

Today I’m beginning a monthly challenge to simplify our daily faith-building to just three things:

  1. Read the Bible.
  2. Pray for each other.
  3. Connect together.

Read Pray Connect - a monthly challenge

How It Works:

You commit to trying to read the Bible, pray, and connect with the young people in your life each day. That’s it.

No other expectations, except as they fit into that framework. (Read below to see how church fits in, since I do believe participating in church is important!)

It’s not that there’s anything wrong with all those other faith-building things… it’s just that I’d rather do a few things well, rather than try to do 10 things, and not do any of them because it’s too overwhelming.

Each month I’ll share a post about Read-Pray-Connect… in the future, I’ll post before the 1st of the month (not nine days into the month, like today!) See? Life is overwhelming!

You’ll be able to download a calendar for the month with spots to check off Read-Pray-Connect each day. There will also be a reminder image that you can use as a phone lock screen, or print out and tuck in your planner, refrigerator, or car dashboard.

 

What do these three terms mean?

Read = Read the Bible aloud with your children/teenagers.

You can choose a children’s Bible story book or the “real” Bible.  You can read one verse or an entire chapter… whatever works for you! You can even listen to an audio Bible together.

The only stipulations…

  • do the Bible reading with your children (not just a personal devotion time for you).
  • read aloud. There is value, even for adults and teenagers, in reading aloud together. If you really, really, really can’t do it aloud, you could read your own Bible silently side-by-side your older children/teenagers.

Pray = Pray for each other, together, aloud.

You can say the whole prayer, or your young people can pray too. (If you are saying the whole prayer, go ahead and pray for your own needs for yourself).

The length or time of day doesn’t matter. This can be a short two-sentence prayer before dinner, or a lengthy prayer time at the beginning of the day.

You can ask your children for requests, pray a general blessing over them, or use a prayer guide for a new topic each day. Here’s a free printable How to Pray for Your Children calendar from Inspired to Action, if you want some ideas.

Alternatively, The Power of a Praying Parent by Stormie Omartian has daily prayers on 31 different topics, and the prayers are already all typed and ready to go, so you don’t even really have to think about it… just read the prayers. (There are even fill-in-the-blank spots for your child’s name.)

It may feel awkward praying aloud… it certainly feels that way to me sometimes. I encourage you to just go for it!

I find that praying before meals or at bedtime seems more natural/easier for me than just saying, “Okay, we’re going to pray now!!” I can take the mealtime prayer, thank God for our food, then pray for a few moments for each member of my family, and it doesn’t seem so weird. So you might try one of those time slots first.

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Connect = Connect together with your children in a meaningful way.

Sometimes I get to the end of the day and realize that while I spent much of my day with my children, we didn’t really connect much. The day can fill up with activities, running errands, doing chores, or watching TV, and there’s not much connection time.

I want to spend at least a few minutes every day “connecting” with my kids in some meaningful way… but I know it doesn’t need to be complicated, doesn’t necessarily require any advanced planning, and doesn’t have to cost money or take up much time.

Here are some ideas for ways to connect:

  • Read a book together.
  • Play a board game.
  • Sit down together and have an after-school snack.
  • Print out a “grown-up coloring page” and color alongside your child.
  • Bake brownies together.
  • Go on a walk around the neighborhood after dinner.
  • Linger for awhile longer than usual at bedtime, talking, scratching backs, or reading stories.
  • Enjoy a family movie night together (though I do encourage you not just to default to TV/movie time as your “connecting time” every day… it’s so tempting!)
  • Go to church together.
  • Play catch with a football or baseball.
  • Respond with “yes” when your child says, “Will you play with me?”
  • Get out art supplies and make a craft together.
  • Take your teenager out for a coffee shop drink or a smoothie.
  • Participate in a service project together.
  • Attend an event together, whether a church activity, library storytime, or an art show at school. Stick with your child and participate together.
  • Go play at the park together.
  • As you are doing jobs around the house, teach your child to do the chore with you.
  • Eat a leisurely dinner together as a family.
  • Tell your child, “I’d like to spend some time with you tonight. What would you like to do?”

If you have more than one child, your connection time may happen individually (like reading a book with one particular child) or it may happen as a family (like playing Frisbee in the backyard all together.) If you are married, your spouse can certainly join you, or not… anything works!

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Questions?

What if my child refuses to participate in Read-Pray-Connect? 

If you’re feeling discouraged because your child refuses to read the Bible with you or doesn’t want to spend time together… I’m so sorry.

I want you to know that it’s normal for children and teenagers to feel contrary to whatever we want to do! Also, sometimes when we set out to do God’s purposes, and encounter resistance, there are spiritual forces at play, trying to prevent us from serving Him.

If you’re encountering trouble with your children participating, here are some ideas:

  • Keep going. Don’t be swayed just because one day he didn’t want to play with you, or because your baby screamed through your whole bedtime prayer yesterday. I encourage you to try to Read-Pray-Connect every day for a month. I wouldn’t be surprised if by the end of the month, it’s much easier as you’ve established a habit.
  • Explain your motivation to your child. Share why you want to Read-Pray-Connect with them. Explain your heart.
  • If your older child is not interested in Jesus, emphasize the “connect” part first. You may just want to focus on “connecting” before trying to do the other two steps.
  • Pray for your child silently. If your child is resistant to being prayed for, just commit to praying each day on your own.

What if I don’t Read-Pray-Connect every day?

Of course, there are going to be unusual days where Read-Pray-Connect doesn’t happen… that’s totally normal. Don’t be discouraged! Just cross that day off the calendar and start fresh the next day.

I do want to encourage you to be creative, though!

  • On a business trip? “Connect” via FaceTime or send a greeting card in the mail (or by email).
  • Busy day of soccer practice and piano lessons? Pray together as you drive in the car.
  • House is a mess and you can’t find your kids’ Bible? Tell your own version of the story of David and Goliath instead.
  • Does your teenager have tons of homework to do? Make some hot cocoa for both of you and spread out on the dining room table together… while he does his homework, you can work on a project too. Pray for him silently as he works.

What if I’m an adult mentor, not a parent?

If you’re an adult mentor – perhaps a youth ministry volunteer, a grandparent, or a family friend – I encourage you to adapt Read-Pray-Connect for your own situation!

I suggest that you commit to Read-Pray-Connect only on days when you see your young person.

  • Are you a teacher at a Christian school? Commit to read the Bible, pray as a class, and connect personally with some of your students… but only on school days. Obviously, it would be too tricky to do this on the weekends.
  • Do you lead a weekly small group for high school girls? Commit to Read-Pray-Connect just on Wednesday nights when you get together. Perhaps it seems obvious that you would do these three things at your small group meeting, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there are times when small groups get together and don’t read the Bible or pray… so make a commitment to do it every time!
  • Are you a grandparent? Whenever you see your grandchildren, make an effort to Read-Pray-Connect with them. You could read the Bible together during an after-school snack, play a game together to connect, and then pray for them before they leave your home.

November RPC goals

This seems pretty basic… I already do these 3 things every day.

Great! Perhaps, then, this challenge just isn’t for you.

Or, perhaps, you’d like to grow in these particular areas.

For example, in our family, we do actually pray before practically every meal, and usually that includes at least a brief mention of each other’s needs. So, technically, I’m already doing “Pray” each day. But, I realized I’d like to either download that prayer calendar or get the Power of a Praying Parent book, and be more specific with my prayers beyond just, “Help Elle obey and help Ava sleep well today!” 🙂

Perhaps you already read the Bible together each day, but you’d like to read it more systematically (like a Bible in a Year plan), or you want to not just read it but discuss it afterwards.

Or, maybe you play lots with your kids (Connect), but you want to read aloud more together, too.

As you can see in the photo above, at the top of each Read-Pray-Connect calendar, there will always be a little section to record your goals for the month, so if you want to “increase” your goal, you can write it down there (if you print it out).

Didn’t you just spend the past month telling us we need to do global missions with our kids? How does that fit in? And what about all the other things… memorizing Scripture, going to church, family devotions, singing worship music, taking them to youth group or Sunday school, doing service projects… that I’m supposed to do with my kids?

I did! In fact, writing the Global Missions with Kids series is one of the things that inspired me to simplify part of my Faith Passed Down message. Because, yes, I think Global Missions with Kids is absolutely vital!

But, I don’t think it’s going to happen if we’re frazzled or have exceptionally high expectations of our family faith-building. Plus, the concepts of “Read-Pray-Connect” are pretty foundational before we can do any of the other stuff.

As far as Global Missions with Kids, I encourage you to see how that fits into Read-Pray-Connect. As you read a Bible story, talk about how it shows God’s love for the world. Or as you pray for your own family, pray for your sponsored children as well. As you consider a connect time for the weekend, keep in mind a project like packing an Operation Christmas Child box.

As for the other activities, first, see how they fit in to Read-Pray-Connect. For example, going to church can easily be a “connect” time as a family for that day. 

Then, consider whether those activities stress you out or not, and if they’re worth trying to continue.

For a long time, I had this vision of doing a weekly family worship night after dinner, with songs, Bible reading, prayers, and activities. However, it rarely happened. It just didn’t work with our schedule and it wasn’t very meaningful when we did do it.

Instead, I switched to just doing a morning Bible reading with my kids (Morning Time). We can do it anytime during the morning, rather than trying to squeeze it into a small, stressful window between dinner and bedtime.

If you have too high of expectations, they’re never going to happen, and you’ll just feel discouraged. If you’re having trouble getting all the faith-building time you hoped, I encourage you to step back and focus on Read-Pray-Connect for a month or two, then see how you can fit in some of those other activities.

Read-Pray-Connect Downloads

Nov RPC calendar

Click here to download the November Read Pray Connect calendar.

Click on the image below to download a lock screen for your phone or print and tuck into your planner, stick on your refrigerator, set on your car dashboard...

November lock screen

Will you join me to Read-Pray-Connect?

Leave a comment below if you want to participate.

Also, I would love to see photos of you participating in Read-Pray-Connect. Share a photo of you reading the Bible with your kids, praying, or connecting in a fun way and use #ReadPrayConnect. Next month I’ll share your photo in the December Read-Pray-Connect post!

Wrapping Up: 31 Days of Global Missions with Kids

Welcome to the 31 Days of Global Missions with Kids series! You can view all the posts in the series here. Please remember that the goal isn’t for you to do ALL these projects, but rather pick one or two. You can download a printable worksheet here to guide you through discerning which project is best for you and the young people in your life.

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This Global Missions with Kids series is full of thoughts and practical ideas for serving Christ alongside your children and teenagers!

31 days ago, I woke up at 4:30 am so I could link up with the Write 31 Days challenge. Since then, I’ve published 31 posts about Global Missions with Kids!

This truly has been a challenge!

  • Two different times, I got off schedule due to vacation and sickness, but I’ve caught up and am so thrilled to have completed the challenge.
  • I had lots of high hopes for all the “extra” stuff I was going to do to promote Faith Passed Down, build a community of readers here, publish an ebook, and more, and truthfully, none of that happened. I’m just happy to have gotten the posts written, much less the extra stuff!
  • I have had so many health challenges in the past couple months, which is unusual for me! Back pain, migraines, nerve pain in my arm, the flu… it wasn’t the best timing for this challenge, but somehow I survived!
  • Spending this much time on this web site is too much time for my current reality. Though I was able to sustain it for a month (barely!), I’ve learned that as much as I love the ministry of Faith Passed Down, I love spending time following Jesus with my family even more! I need time to focus on them, on some ministry opportunities, and on living a peaceful, not-going-crazy life.

Starting in November, I’m going to be returning to posting just once a week or so, which I hope will be the right amount of time for my writing schedule and for not overwhelming Faith Passed Down readers.

In any case, I’m so grateful I tried something new, participated in this challenge, enjoyed fellowship with a great group of ladies on the Write 31 Days facebook group, and experienced God’s sufficient grace in giving me just the right amount of time (but not a second more!) to participate in this challenge.

More than anything, I’m glad to have a series of posts that I hope inspire, encourage, and equip adults to participate in global missions with the young people in their lives!

Global Missions with Kids: a Recap

Global missions is sharing the good news of Jesus Christ cross-culturally through words and actions, so that people from all nations will believe and follow Him.

First, we set a foundation for Global Missions with Kids, looking at the definition of missions and reasons to include children and teenagers in missions.

"And when Christianity is all about me, then the Church is all about me, and my life's purpose is all about me, too. It's hard to fit in missions when all I'm focused on is myself."

I confessed my own spiritual blindness in reading Scripture improperly and missing God’s heart for the whole world. We also explored the important question: do I have to move halfway around the world to do missions?

developing global awareness

Next, we talked about helping young people cultivate a heart for all nations by developing global awareness in children and teenagers and raising world Christians.

five ideas for global home decor

I shared some ideas for global home decor, including how to make a world map garland. I also shared a HUGE list of my favorite resources for global missions with kids, including the Perspectives Family Journey and some great resources for praying for the whole world with kids.

praying for the whole world with kids

 

After that, I shared over 15 different ideas for doing global missions with kids, wherever you are. Here’s a handy worksheet to keep from getting too overwhelmed by all the options!

how to pack a shoebox for OCC

From packing an Operation Christmas Child shoebox and purchasing fair trade holiday gifts to launching a backyard Bible club or befriending an international student, we covered all sorts of ideas.

Writing to Your Sponsored Child

We discussed sponsoring a child and writing to sponsored children, including using a free letter-writing template for people like me who don’t write very frequently!

bless and encourage

We also talked about supporting overseas missionaries through donations and other ways to bless and encourage them.

beyond prayer and donations practical ways to support refugees

One of my personal favorite posts in the series described practical ways to support refugees, beyond just prayer and donations.

bless babies and mamas around the world

We talked about ways to do global missions as an adult mentor, along with how to discuss and help poverty with kids.

Whether you want to help babies and moms or support the persecuted church, we talked about it!

The last few posts including going… going on a short-term mission trip as a family (and doing it well!)or sending your teenager on a short-term mission trip, or even considering living overseas as a missionary full-time.

Finally, we finished up, looking at some ideas for going Around the World from Your Living Room, along with taking a peek at some other posts about Global Missions with Kids from around the internet.

Did you enjoy Global Missions with Kids? Here’s what to do next:

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Read the whole series.

If you didn’t get to read the whole series, you can check it out here. That particular link will enable you to read each post in a row, without having to open 31 different posts.

I’m considering turning this series into an easy-to-read ebook form, where you could just read straight through from top-to-bottom. In my dream world, I’d even turn it into a real book. Would you read a book about Global Missions with Kids? Let me know in the comments below.

This Global Missions with Kids series is full of thoughts and practical ideas for serving Christ alongside your children and teenagers.

Lessons Learned in the Past 31 Days:

1. There are so many ways to be involved in global missions with kids! Even after talking about it for a full month, there are still topics we didn’t touch on! I’m encouraged and inspired to consider how my own family can listen to God’s leading for how to be involved more.

2. Busyness and overwhelm is a huge obstacle to doing global missions with kids – and to faith-building in general. How are parents supposed to do global missions when they are also trying to work, read to their kids, make sure their kids get a good education, feed healthy food, exercise, spend “me” time, go out with friends, enjoy quality time with a spouse, do daily devotions, clean, cook, enjoy a hobby… ???

It’s overwhelming just thinking about it, and an issue I encountered this month, as I struggled to actually do some of the things I suggested in the Global Missions with Kids series. This is still something I’m wrestling with… how can we intentionally participate in serving God and building faith without just making it another item on the to-do list?

3. The most important thing is: just. start. I was reminded of this principle as I tried to write blog posts day after day – the idea is often more daunting than the task itself. Once I started writing, or putting together pictures, or whatever, it wasn’t so bad… the tough thing is resisting the urge to procrastinate because it seems overwhelming.

Likewise, as we seek to build faith in young people… just start! It’s easy to feel like things need to be perfect, but if we wait for the perfect moment, it will never happen. Just get started!

In November, I’m hoping to introduce a simple initiative called Read-Pray-Connect to help us just get started… stay tuned!

4. God is faithful to bless our efforts to build faith. I’ve been reminded lately that even in the midst of busyness, sickness, and my desires to just throw in the towel… God blesses our efforts.

This month my three-year-old has just blossomed in asking regularly for Bible stories, reciting Psalm 23 from memory, and talking about how “Jesus lives in her heart.” Don’t get me wrong – at the same time discipline issues are at an all-time high, and I’ve been feeling extra-stressed and overwhelmed!

But I see this as His gracious reminders that this work is valuable and important, and He is the One who is doing the work… not me!

5. I only want to post once a week. Prior to do this 31 Days challenge, I was considering aiming for 3-5 posts a week. I’ve realized, however, that while perhaps I could write that many posts a week, I can’t possibly double-check them, make graphics, and share those posts on Pinterest or facebook so others can read them.

Not to mention, I’d like to still read other blogs and take part in the “blog community,” plus respond to comments from my readers!

I tried to do that all this month, and it was simply impossible, even though I was spending most mornings and evenings working on this series.

So, starting in November, my goal is to post one new post every Monday, plus send out a weekly newsletter every Friday. I’m hoping this will allow my full attention to writing quality posts and interacting with others, while still enjoying time with my family, actually carrying out these faith-building concepts in my own life, too!

In addition, I hope this keeps Faith Passed Down from being too overwhelming to you, dear reader!

6. I like to write lots of words. Unfortunately, I definitely take after Proust more than Hemingway. 🙂 Most of the posts in the Global Missions with Kids series were 1500+ words. It is in my nature to be thorough and comprehensive, wanting to share every resource and every item I’ve thought of.

I realize most people don’t read every word, and I try to honor that by using bold type and bullet points to make it easy to skim. Still, I’d like to consider honing my writing so it’s concise for today’s busy readers.

7. I have to be okay with imperfection. I was an English major in college and worked in our campus writing center, but seven years after graduation – with little formal education or writing during that time – I’m a little rusty. I struggle with knowing whether to use “less” or “fewer.” I catch myself making silly grammar mistakes.

Not to mention my photos that are a bit too dark, or formatting that doesn’t look quite right, or graphic designs that I’m sure break all the rules for true graphic design.

The reality, however, is that I’m trying to pull this blog together with snippets of time here and there, before my kids wake up or when my husband graciously takes over for a few hours. I don’t have time for perfection, so I am learning to try my best and accept that there might be a few errors… but something is better than no post at all!

8. I have so much to learn! The Write 31 Days challenge was a great exercise for me to remember that I still have so much to learn… but I am figuring it out!

9. It feels so good to complete a task. I am usually a 90% kind of girl. I do most of the work, but never actually complete it. I clean out my closet but never actually donate the clothes I want to get rid of. I make all the plans but never actually execute it. I stay on budget till the 25th of the month and then blow it in the last five days.

Lately I am trying harder to do 100% of the task, and I love that feeling of actually being complete! Or, I set a deadline and if I’m not done by the deadline, I just determine it wasn’t that important anyway, and strike it from the list.

I love not having loose ends hanging over me quite so much and experiencing the success of a completed job!

Plus, I hope I am building character by sticking with a task and not giving up at the first sign of trouble!

Hundreds of writers participate in the Write 31 Days Challenge each October.

31 Series I Want to Check Out Next:

There are so many 31 Series on the Write 31 Days web site that I want to read in the next month or two!

I put together a larger list on my 31 Days Pinterest Board here, but a few of my favorites that I thought might be helpful for the Faith Passed Down community include:

This Global Missions with Kids series is full of thoughts and practical ideas for serving Christ alongside your children and teenagers.

**Did you participate in the Write 31 Days Challenge? What was your favorite series to read? Leave a link to your series, or one you’d recommend, in a comment below.

31 Days of Global Missions with Kids

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I love to see adults and children partnering together to serve Christ and serve all nations, therefore I am so excited to be writing about Global Missions with Kids for the next 31 days as part of the Write 31 Days challenge!

 

31 Days of Global Missions with Kids

31 Days of Global Missions with Kids: the Complete Series

If you would prefer to see the complete posts in a row from start to finish, without having to click on the individual titles, click here. This is a simple way to read through the whole series all at once!

Every day I’ll be adding a new link to the titles below after I publish that particular post.

Setting a Foundation for Global Missions with Kids

October 1: Introduction to 31 Days of  Global Missions with Kids (this post)

October 2: Global Missions 101

October 3: God’s Heart for the Whole World

October 4: Do I Have to Move Halfway Around the World to do Missions?

October 5: Six Reasons to Include Children and Teenagers in Missions

Helping Young People Cultivate a Heart for All Nations

October 6: Developing Global Awareness in Children and Teenagers

October 7: 5 Ideas for Global Home Decor

October 8: How to Make a World Map Garland

October 9: 30+ Favorite Resources for Global Missions with Kids

October 10: Raising World Christians

October 11: the Perspectives Family Journey Curriculum

October 12: Praying for the Whole World with Kids

Global Missions with Kids, Wherever You Are 

October 13: How to Pack a Shoebox for Operation Christmas Child

October 14: How to Sponsor a Child

October 15: Writing to Your Sponsored Child – with free letter-writing template!

October 16: A Fair Trade Holiday Gift Guide

October 17: Donate to an Overseas Missionary

October 18: Ways to Bless and Encourage a Missionary

October 19: Supporting Refugees: Practical Steps beyond Prayer and Donations

October 20: How to Start a Backyard Bible Club

October 21: How to Befriend and Serve International Students

October 22: Ways to do Global Missions as an Adult Mentor

October 23: Discussing and Helping Poverty with Kids

October 24: Blessing Pregnant Mamas and New Babies Everywhere

October 25: Supporting the Persecuted Church

October 26: Go and Make Disciples… In Two Weeks? Short-term Missions as a Family

October 27: Sending Your Teenager on a Short-Term Mission Trip

October 28: Maybe You Can Move Halfway Around the World! Living Overseas as a Missionary

Finishing Up

October 29: Around the World from Your Living Room: Peru

October 30: Global Missions with Kids: Around the Internet

October 31: Global Missions with Kids Wrap Up: Taking Action

This Global Missions with Kids series is full of thoughts and practical ideas for serving Christ alongside your children and teenagers.

About Faith Passed Down

If you’re new around here, at Faith Passed Down we focus on Christian faith-building ideas for children and teens. Welcome!

I’m Kelly, and I’m a former church youth director turned stay-at-home mom. My family lives in Southern California where we work for a missions organization. We plan to head overseas as soon as we handle some medical treatment for our daughter.

Whether you’re a parent, grandparent, Sunday school teacher, aunt or uncle, youth ministry volunteer, or another adult mentor, I hope to encourage and equip you as you invest in the young people in your life.

You can read more about Faith Passed Down and about me here.

Global Missions with Kids

By joining me for this Global Missions with Kids series, I hope you will be inspired and equipped to show Christ’s love for all nations alongside the children or teenagers in your life.

First, we’ll be talking through a foundation for Global Missions, answering questions like:

  • What exactly is Global Missions?
  • Why do it?
  • What are the reasons to include young people in my mission work?

We’ll talk about ideas for developing global awareness in children and teenagers and look at some resources that can help cultivate a love for all nations with the young people in your life.

Then, we’ll spend the second half of the series looking at over 15 different practical ideas for doing Global Missions with Kids.

I don’t want you to do all 15 ideas!

Instead, I hope as you read these ideas, you’ll prayerfully consider one or two that you can focus on with young people. You can view or print this worksheet to help guide you through this process: 31 Days of Global Missions with Kids – worksheet.

Finally, at the end of the month, we’ll wrap up with some closing thoughts.

I usually only post on Faith Passed Down a couple times a week, but in October, I’ll be writing every day about Global Missions with Kids. In November we’ll be back to just one or two posts a week.

You can view all the published posts above, and see upcoming posts so you can get a feel for what we’re talking about. Each day I’ll be updating this page with a link to another post.

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Hundreds of writers participate in the Write 31 Days Challenge each October.

About Write 31 Days

I’m so excited to be participating in Write 31 Days – a challenge for bloggers to write every day for 31 days in October.  For many years, I’ve been a reader and fan of the challenge, but this is my first time writing.

There are hundreds of other people writing about all sorts of topics related to family life, faith, fashion and style, blogging… you can check them out here!

Feeling Overwhelmed about Reading So Many Posts? Check out this guide.

This month, FaithPassedDown.com will be full of information about doing Global Missions with Kids. I hope to be comprehensive, but certainly don’t want to overwhelm you!

Like I mentioned before, I put together a printable worksheet that can help you think through Global Missions with Kids. It has some simple questions to answer as the series progresses and I hope it will help prevent you from feeling overwhelmed.

The goal is to help prevent you from feeling like you have to do every single idea I’ll be sharing, and instead listen to God’s leading for one or two new things you can do to be involved in Global Missions with Kids.

You can download, print, or just view on your mobile device by clicking here.

Just for Fun – a Few Extras

If you use Spotify to listen to music (free!), here’s a playlist I made as a “soundtrack” for this series… some of my favorite “gets-me-fired-up-for-serving-God” songs.

I’ll be using the hashtag #GlobalMissionsWithKids on Instagram and Facebook. As  you read these posts, try out these ideas, or engage in Global Missions with your kids in any way, I’d love to see your photos… please use that hashtag! At the end of the month, I’ll be putting a post together with some of my favorite photos.

Finally, if you have your own blog and write a post about Global Missions with Kids, please send me the link: Kelly{at}FaithPassedDown{dot}com. I’d love to highlight your post at the end of the month.

Thanks for joining me for 31 Days of Global Missions with Kids!

Global Missions with Kids

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Welcome!

I’m a mom of two girls and former youth minister who is passionate about teaching young people the grace and truth of Jesus.

As a follower of Jesus and a member of the body of Christ, two of the most important things I can do are:

1. pass my faith in Jesus down to my own children and

2. help other young people (outside of our family) to know and follow Jesus. I want to help build faith not only in my own children but also in my kids’ friends, our godson, my niece, the children at our church.

For four years I worked as a youth ministry director at our church for four years, leading middle school students, high school students, and young adults, into a (hopefully) closer walk with Him.

I hope this new site, Faith Passed Down, will be a place to share ideas about teaching faith to children and teenagers, full of practical ideas and inspiration. I look forward to learning from you, and I hope you’ll stick around and join me in passing faith down to a new generation.

Here are answers to some things you may be wondering about:

Who is the target audience of Faith Passed Down?

Whether you’re a parent, grandparent, or someone else with a young person in your life (perhaps a niece or nephew, younger sibling, Sunday school student, or family friend)… I pray this is a place where you will be encouraged, uplifted, and inspired to pass your Christian faith down to the young person (or people!) in your life.

Faith Passed Down is based on ideas from my Christian faith. If you’re not a Christian, by all means, please feel free to check out this site, but I can’t promise that everything discussed will apply to your situation.

All Christians have the responsibility and privilege of declaring the glory of God to younger generations. For many, this happens in family relationships – parents to their sons and daughters, grandparents to their grandchildren, older siblings to younger siblings…

But, it doesn’t just stop at family connections. Within the local church, we have opportunity to connect with young people, both through age-specific activities like Sunday school and youth ministry events, and also intergenerational gatherings like worship services, Christmas choirs, and church picnics.

Beyond family and church, many people have other connections with young people. For the first few years of our marriage, my husband I didn’t have any children, but we loved to go to dinner at our friends’ homes and hang out with their kids, and we hope we were a blessing to them!

What gives you the authority to talk about teaching faith to young people?

I’m interested in this topic from two perspectives:

1. My Bachelor’s degree is in “Christian Education Leadership,” a major designed for men and women working in church education ministry. After graduation, I worked full-time for a small church in San Diego, California, leading our youth ministry and helping with adult ministry, children’s ministry, and outreach.

2. I stopped working at our church when our first daughter was born, nearly three years ago. Since then, I’ve been thinking about how to pass faith down to our own children, and how to continue to bless other children in my life, like our niece and our daughters’ friends.

What should I do now?

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