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Missions Ideas for Kids during Quarantine

Missions Ideas for Kids during Quarantine

No matter what you want to call it, one thing is for sure, we are all looking for fun ideas to help challenge, educate, and stimulate the minds of our kids while they are at home during this season.

Bethany Richardson | Apr 17, 2020

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No matter what you want to call it, one thing is for sure, we are all looking for fun ideas to help challenge, educate, and stimulate the minds of our kids while they are at home during this season. 

As a mom of four rambunctious boys ages 9 months to 5 years, I’m feeling the exhaustion of working full-time while also being the teacher, chef, and professional nap-time storyteller. Are you like me - feeling so exhausted you're not even sure if you’re awake or asleep and dreaming right now? I feel you. 

And as a family working in missions full-time, my husband and I are passionate about continuing to find ways to be missional with our kids while at home.

With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of ideas to help you as you navigate this time, where you may find yourself with more opportunities to pour into your kids and bring a global perspective to your kitchen table. 

The mission field provides an invaluable education for kids, whether they are a toddler just beginning to grasp the concept of servanthood or if they are a teenager diving deep into the concept that God is a God of the nations. Immersing into different cultures, stepping outside of comfort zones and connecting with the global Church are just a few bullet points on the laundry list of amazing lessons to be found on the mission field - for adults and kids alike! 

IDEAS:

  1. Read stories: Almost every missionary maintains a blog, website, or Facebook group to tell their story and provide updates to their supporters. Designate a time each week (like during your family Bible study) and read an update together. If you don’t know any missionaries personally, your church can likely provide some connections to get you started. 
  2. Video Chat: If you know a missionary personally, see if you can set up a video call with them. You can prepare for the call by crafting a couple of questions for your kids to ask! 
    1. “We’ve been learning about how the mission field is all around us. How are people on mission where you live?”
    2. “If you could give our family one piece of advice, what would it be?”
    3. “How were you involved in missions as a kid?”
    4. “How can we pray for you?”
  3. Write letters: If you know of a missionary family with children, ask permission to send letters to them! Draw them a picture, write out a favorite verse or prayer, and be an encouragement to them.
    1. “Hi (missionary), my name is (your name). I am learning all about missionaries around the world this week. My parents are teaching me about the global family of God and I am inspired by your example of loving others. I would like to tell you a verse that I’m learning: Joshua 1:9. Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. I hope you are encouraged by my letter. We are praying for you!”
  4. Pray: We know you’re trying to balance what to communicate with your kids. We don’t want the facts to be overwhelming, but we also don’t want them confused and left in the dark. Here are some ideas for leading them in prayer related to this time: 
    1. Ask the Lord for healing in our world and encourage them to think about more than just physical things. The entire globe is dealing with the exact same thing for the first time in our generation - pray that this promotes unity and compassion in the world.
    2. Pray for the sick. Ask in boldness that the Lord would heal the sick and communicate to your children that the Lord hears our needs. 
    3. Pray for those on the “front lines”: Our medical professionals, EMTs, police, and essential workers that keep medical facilities open like sanitation crews and food service workers. 
    4. Pray for the friends and family of those who are sick. 
    5. Pray for world leaders. Regardless of your political beliefs, leaders around the world are tasked with unprecedented challenges to overcome through this season and they need our prayers. 
  5. GO and Serve: Make a list of kids or families in the community that you can reach out to with your kids to provide encouragement, prayer, and more. Plan video calls to those living alone during this time. 
    1. Go live on Facebook with a song or a skit to provide laughter during this difficult season.
    2. Make crafts and send them in the mail to your local nursing home. 
    3. Sew masks for hospital workers.
    4. Color a rainbow in your windows to provide cheer to your neighborhood!

It’s no secret that these are crazy times and that parents everywhere are feeling the pull of managing everything on their plates - no matter your specific dynamic, know you aren’t alone. With a little creativity and a lot of encouragement from each other, we’ll make it through this together


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