I’ve had a heart for missions since I was a young boy and my mom told our children’s church the story of Amy Carmichael. Since then I’ve been to Honduras, Mexico, the Philippians, Hungry, Austria, Germany, France, England, Whales, Spain, and elsewhere doing some kind of mission work, usually children’s ministry related, and I am the son of a former Missions Pastor at Moody Church who is now a director of something or other (I can’t keep track of his titles) at OCI in Colorado Springs… BUT even with all these rubs with missionary work, I have to admit my ignorance that there has been a Children’s Missions Movement steadily advancing the cause of encouraging and supporting the effort to introduce children to missions and help churches with missions education for the past twenty years. This losely structured group of missions minded people have met periodically over the years with a fluid collection of individuals coming together to evaluate where we are in introducing missions to kids and educating churches in how to promote world missions within the local church, as well as to evaluate what resources are available, and what is still needed. I will be writing a Kidology Report in time about all that I have learned that has taken place from new resources and conferece events that have taken place.
I was honored to be invited to this latest gathering to take a look at where we are at in this Great Commission effort to equip children to impact their world for Christ. And I have a bunch of new friends who are passionate about kids and about missions. I learned that the Children’s Missions Movement has a unique two-sided challege. One on side we deal with those who are passionate about kids, but are missing the need to reach the worlds kids, and that our children can (and should!) be a part of that effort. On the other side, there are those who are passionate about missions, but overlook the need and effectiveness of including children in that effort despite the fact that the vast majority of missionaries received their call to world missions AS A CHILD, before they had the attachments of adults that make a missionary life-style so hard to embrace.
We broke into small groups to look at the different aspect of children’s missions, and evaluated and did some God empowered praying and planning for what God might be doing next, and I must hint now that some pretty incredible plans were birthed at this gathering, that if truly of God, and not just our collective creativity, will rock the Kingdom for kids and missions!
God is doing amazing things around the world in the area of kids and missions and it was so encouraging to discover all the resources that are available. We will be working hard to compile lists of these resources to make available and to network those who are passionately engaged in this effort. If you are passionate about kids or missions (or better yet, BOTH!) keep your eye on the horizon for some great things as we seek to better coordinate all that we are doing, with God’s help, and to launch in time an awareness and action campaign to champion the cause of helping kids to impact the globe through missions!
If you would like to be a part of this effort, I have placed this post on Kidology as well, and you can reply there and share what you or your ministry or church is doing with kids and missions, or any resources you have available. Help us gather information on what God is already doing in this all important effort!
Go here: The Children’s Missions Movement