Welcome to the 31 Days of Global Missions with Kids series! Click here to check out all the posts in the series.
As we talk about Global Missions with Kids, I encourage you to consider how God is leading you to be involved in Global Missions with Kids. My prayer is that you will experience His direction as He grows your heart for the nations.
A wonderful tool to help facilitate this is the Perspectives Family Journey, a top-notch series of free weekly studies to do with your children.
“The Journey is made up of 15 biblical studies full of inspiring activities, thought provoking discussion points, and actionable ideas…. Designed by parents, The Journey lessons are one-pagers full of ownable concepts that have been crafted to help you shape your family into World Christians.” – from the Perspectives Family Journey web site
Lessons center on Biblical, Cultural, Historical, and Strategic Perspectives of God’s World, offering practical ideas alongside Scripture and great quotes.
The lessons would be especially perfect for elementary-age children, though we’ve been doing them with our little ones (baby and preschooler) and it works!
The goal is “to become a family on mission with God.”
The lessons are brief- we’ve been doing them together at breakfast or dinner.
There is a brief reflection, something to read from the Bible (we’ve substituted a Bible storybook for our young kids), and then something to experience. There are a few discussion questions, and then a world map activity.
Through the Family Journey, so far we have…
- prayed for people all over the world.
- talked about how David’s victory over Goliath was a form of missions.
- talked about God’s blessing to Abraham, and how we can be a blessing to others.
- read Bible stories.
- spoken a blessing over our children.
The Family Journey is a resource from Perspectives on the World Christian Movement, an intensive course available at locations throughout the US and around the world. My husband and I are currently taking Perspectives for the second time – we loved it so much, we’re choosing to devote our Sunday afternoons to this course for the next four months (the free child care helps! Though not offered at all locations.)
The reading, lectures, and class discussions leave me fired up to go make a difference in the world! To find a Perspectives class near you, click here.
Though I highly encourage adults to take the official Perspectives course, I think any Christian family would benefit from going through the Family Journey together, whether you’ve taken Perspectives or not.