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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.

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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.