A heart for missions
Last week at the pool, I had the great privilege of meeting a little boy who had recently come home from Ghana.
At the age of three, he was adopted into a Jesus-lovin’ family of six. Mom. Dad. And four older brothers.
I spoke with the mother about her adoption experience. “Yes, our family is actually going back to live in Ghana. We are committing to two years. We are all so excited!”
Her oldest boy is fourteen and they stair-step down from there. “How do your older boys feel about the move?”
“We had a family meeting and told them the calling their daddy and I both heard from the Lord. We told them, ‘you all are not going with us as missionary kids.'” She smiled, “‘You are going as missionaries.'”
Mmmm. That is powerful.
“Lord, please help my children to develop a desire to see your glory declared among the nations. A desire to see your marvelous deeds among all peoples.”
Let no one despise you because of your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love , in faith and in purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12
It is never too early to instill in our children a ministry mindset.
Jesus didn’t say, “When you turn eighteen, Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations…”
Jesus says. GO. Make disciples. Matthew 28:19
I pray my boys see themselves as missionaries. Everywhere they go. There is always an opportunity to minister. Always. At school. At the gym. On the soccor field. At the pool. Even at church…do ministry. Serve others. Bless others. Sow seeds of love, encouragement, compassion, service, hugs, pats on the back….sow, sow, sow.
A new school year is beginning. For some of you that beginning is today. Let this be a year of casting vision. This is the year of sowing seed. I want to encourage my boys to see themselves as little farmers. Little disciple makers. Little missionaries. And for Ethan (age 5), I might need to clarify a few times exactly what that means. But it is not too early to learn.
Even a rising kindergartner can sow seeds. “Go on little farmer. Sow seeds of love today. Help your friend with his back pack. Give a little girl the seat you would really like to have. Help your buddy open his Gogurt. Sow sow sow.”
The harvest is plenty, but the workers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into the harvest. Luke 10:2
Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!” Psalm 96:3
Myself and others
“Lord, please help me and _____________ develop a desire to see your glory declared among the nations, as well. Give us a desire to see your marvelous deeds among all peoples.”
God bless you today, my fellow farmer.
Interesting timing ~ my baby boy just preached his first "sermon" yesterday! He has had it on his heart to speak in the children's ministry since he moved up to the preteens at the beginning of the summer. Yesterday, he got his chance! I'm planning on posting the video if the quality is good enough! It's my prayer that he will continue to have the desire to reach the lost & that my baby girl will have it, too!
Love this post. So cool!