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Here are some great resources to encourage us as we lead our little ones to love Jesus and love others!

Love Does for Kids

I’ve been able to get a prerelease copy of the first five chapters of Bob Goff’s new book, Love Does for Kids and it’s super cute and a fun read! The pics are fun and the stories he tells are so great! I wouldn’t necessarily classify this as deep theology; however, the basic and simple command to love others as Christ loves them permeates each chapter I’ve read so far. I can’t wait to get my hands on the rest of the book! You can preorder it and find out more info over at The Love Does for Kids Website !

(A quick disclaimer, I was a part of this Book Launch Team and will be sharing more about the book in days to come!)

Culture

We’ve been having lots of random discussions lately about different cultures and what that even means. We recently “adopted” a college student from China and so we’ve been learning about how they do things differently and different isn’t bad!

I came across this great graphic that helps explain what culture is and all that makes up one’s culture! Hope it helps you in explaining it to your little ones too!

(I wish I knew where this came from, found it in the world of Pinterest but it wasn’t linked to the original author!)

Cool World Cooking

My oldest has been loving baking and cooking lately with me! So I’ve been on the hunt for some good international recipes that she can help me make! I came across this cookbook series over on Amazon, Cool World Cooking. It’s super cute and has a book for several different regions like Africa, Middle East, Italian and French. And just a tip, the more they are in the kitchen with you, the more likely they are to eat what is served! Just try it and hopefully you’ll be surprised! Which regional foods look yummy to you?

Questions

It’s so important to be intentional in our conversations with our kiddos. Do you talk to them about your faith? About what God is teaching you?

It’s also important to chat about topics like poverty and homelessness, refugees, cultures, religions, and other “hot topic” social issues. But sometimes we don’t know where to start or what to say. That can’t or shouldn’t stop us though. If you aren’t chatting with them, the world surely is! I pray my voice is always loudest with my girls – but not louder than the Lord’s voice.

Here is a great article with questions that can encourage conversations around poverty.

What resources can you share with other mamas as we strive to live On Mission?

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We are gearing up for a FUN week of VBS at First Baptist Spartanburg, our home church. Kimmy will be leading the Missions Rotation for the preschool and we are “gearing up, getting ready, GAME ON!” Follow along over on our instagram as we teach these precious little ones about missions and what God is doing around the world! If you are local, come join us for the FUN!

If you have followed lately, you may recall the great book I recently finished “Raising World Changers in a Changing World”. It’s now a 7 day devotion in the Bible app and even better, it’s free! Check it out here!

This month is World Refugee Month. The numbers of refugees around the world – those forced to flee their homes due to war and persecution – are sadly rising and the numbers being welcomed here are much less than ever before. There are so many ways we can help! Here are just six you can be a part of helping Syrian Refugees.

How many of us would LOVE to just have a place where we can come and pray on our own, quietly, without interruption!?! Well – if you live locally, you do! The Bridge Prayer Center is on the third floor of the Bridge and we have the great honor to help put together the Family Prayer Room so that mamas like us can come and pray and lead our little ones to pray too. If you are local and haven’t stopped by to pray- you are missing out. If you aren’t local or you can’t be a part on the 16th – no worries, you can still be a part. We’ve started an Amazon wishlist of things that we will be needing for the room. And check out what the room looks like now here. Also send us any ideas you have too!! Sign up to come and work in our Facebook Group Event.

Summer is here! What will you be doing fun this summer? Our prayer is that we will be intentional with our time to share Jesús and love others well! Stay tuned for a few fun summer outreach ideas!

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This week is all about homeless and poverty as that is what has been on the brain lately with our Helping Hands fun Saturday morning coming up! I hope you and your little ones will come and spend a little time with us preparing bags for our homeless friends. If you have not signed up, it’s not too late! The link is below!

Here are some other faves I’ve found this week as I’ve been searching and preparing for our event.

  1. Ever Wondered What to Say? 

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Often times we sometimes aren’t sure what to “say”… here are some great conversation starters that you can use as you meet our friends on the street. There are also some things that may be we just shouldn’t say or ask, or even think…

2. Books for Kids about Poverty & Hunger 

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I’m always on the lookout for great books to read with my kiddos and while I haven’t read through each one of these, many of these are on my list to read and several of these are just great!

What books have you read that teaches about poverty and hunger and homelessness? 

3.  Hippie Jack 

I don’t really know anything about Hippie Jack, other than what this video shows, but it makes me smile and reminds me that there are still some good men and women out there serving with all they have, and it makes me tap my toe a little too…

How can you be like Hippie Jack? Don’t you have a fun bus like that?!? haha

4. Blessing Bottles

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This is a great unique “spin” on blessing bags!

Have you made anything like this before to give to our homeless friends? If so, share and let us learn new and different ways! 

5. Helping Hands FUN Event! 

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You can sign up in our On Mission Moms Facebook Page link above! We will be meeting at Caroline Brewer’s home and she will be sending out info. It’s going to be a fun morning together serving, learning, and praying with our little ones.

 

And one last little plug, if you haven’t had a chance to read the Do No Harm Series, well… you should!

Do No Harm: Be Prepared

Do No Harm: We’re All Poor

Do No Harm: Knowing When

Do No Harm: Learning More

 

*Just a reminder that I don’t necessarily “endorse” the websites that I’ve linked to above.  Not all are Christian based websites/blogs/videos; however, they are all great ideas that we can learn and grow from and adapt to work with what we believe as On Mission Moms! 

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Here are some interesting and fun resources that I’ve come across that I hope will challenge us all to be “on mission moms”.

  1. One Mom’s Aha Moment

This mom SO inspires me!! We are surrounded by great opportunities to engage the nations right here in the US! They are coming to us! One of my dearest friends from North Africa (funny story how I met her and her precious daughter!) lived in the States for 14 years and do you know that NOT ONE person ever invited her and her family to visit with them in their home… NOT ONE…  This young lady is from a family of great influence in her country in North Africa and just think, if someone would have shared Christ with her here, if she had believed and then returned back to her home country, the impact that she could have made in her own country, among her own people… blows my mind… but alas… no one ever shared with her…. for 14 years…

2.  Working with Refugees can be a bit intimidating – how do you start, what do you say and do… here are some great websites:

Make It Personal 

Pray 

3. I came across some GREAT books this week at the Library that talks about Refugees and Immigration (it’s not exactly clear about whether the family were refugees or immigrated… there is a DIFFERENCE!) But one thing I love about reading these books with my girls is that it begins to help them understand that their world is bigger than just the little friends that look like them and talk like them and in this case has a name like them…  These are not necessarily “spiritual” books but great nonetheless!  I may have even shed a couple tears as I read this… oh “allergies!”

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The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi

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Goodbye Havana, Hola New York by Edie Colon 

 

4. You just gotta watch this with your little ones! My girls and I have been loving this and singing along and maybe even having a dance party or two…

 

5. I’m super excited about this new book from Kristen Welch!  I shared a couple weeks ago in a Friday Faves about her other book, “Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World”… and it is such a good book. I’m looking forward to this one! You can preorder it now and it comes out May 1st.

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Soooo… lets get to “shining” friends – sharing Jesus with our families and friends!

 

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Oh – and if you are a local mama, don’t forget to sign up in our On Mission Moms facebook group for the upcoming event on April 14th! Bring your little ones and let’s serve together. Space is limited and we will be emailing you the address and more details once you sign up. It’s gonna be FUN!

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This month at my church, First Baptist Spartanburg, our MPACT Kids (children’s missions program) is focusing on the Persecuted Church and I had a “great” time leading them in a “secret church” experience this past Wednesday evening.  So many times as parents, we tend to shy away from the more difficult topics like persecution or suffering, but it’s so crucial that we begin chatting with our little ones early about what it means to be a persecuted Christian, why many brothers and sisters around the world have to meet in secret churches, and how we can be a part of their journey and story.

Here are some great links to help and guide you:

  1. Open Doors – I love this organization! They release a yearly report, World Watch List, highlighting the persecuted church and it’s so very informative of how we can be praying for brothers and sisters in these countries. Do you know what country is #1 as the worst place to live and be a Christian? Click on the link to find out!

2.  Kids of Courage / Voice of the Martyrs – This is a great ministry and resource to especially share with the kiddos. They have great explanations, activities, and prayer points that are written on a child’s level as well as a parent page to help guide us.  One of the great resources that I came across was an activity guide to use with children called Bold Believers, focusing on different areas and different children who face persecution. (You do have to create a log in to download)

3. A Mama’s Story Blog – I’m not real sure how I landed on this page as I was researching “persecuted church and how to chat with kiddos” but I did and it has some great ideas and other resources.

A Shameless PLUG! If you have kiddos between the ages of first and fifth grade and you live here in Spartanburg and you don’t already have a great church that has a great missions program…well,  you should totally bring them to MPACT kids at FBS on Wednesday evenings. It’s a great way for them to learn about what God is doing around the world (every  month is a different theme) Preschoolers also have Missions too and my oldest loves it!

And Because it’s St. Patrick’s Day tomorrow,  I can’t NOT share some fun stuff too!  (and he was kidnapped and persecuted too… work with me here…. )

4.  St. Patrick’s Day Party Games!  – This link has lots of links to fun games, scavenger hunts, trivia and more! And DON’T forget to snap a pic of your Irish Meal and share with our On Mission Moms Facebook Group. You might just win a fun little goody! (I’ll close the contest at the end of the month – because you can celebrate with Irish food all month long!)

5.  VeggieTales Story of St. Patrick’s Day – This is a quick 8 minute video over on YouTube sharing the life of St. Patrick, in a pretty cute way! My girls (well one of them) really enjoyed it and I used it as a way to share about the life of St. Patrick and that the day is not just about wearing green or eating Lucky Charms… sorda…

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You can also check out more info and links over on our On Mission Moms Pinterest Page to learn ways to pray, give, go, advocate and just know more about the Persecuted Church!

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Here are some of my favorites from this week! Hope they encourage you as you serve and lead your little ones to love God and love others!

  1. Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World by Kristen Welch

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This book… oh my… soooo good and I’m only halfway through it! I don’t usually share or recommend a book when I haven’t read to the end, but what I’ve read this week has been so very powerful. I pray that you will take time to read this and be reminded of our role as parents.

2.  Parents, This is what your Children Need Most – a video from Radical.Net (David Platt).

This is quite convicting and is a great reminder that more than anything, more than great skills on the ball field or in the dance studio – our children need to be pointed to Christ and to be taught about Christ!

3. How the gospel Shapes our Children – an article on IMB.org (International Mission Board) Just another simple yet powerful reminder from JD Grear, pastor of Summit Church in NC, about the power of the gospel in parenting and marriage.

4. St. Patrick’s Passion for Missions – an article on IMB.org. I have LOVED learning about St. Patrick in prep for our Irish Meal and St. Patrick’s Day coming up. Also, don’t forget to snap a pic of your family international meal and post in our On Mission Moms Facebook group – a little fun giveaway is coming! If you missed the recipe ideas, click here!

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5. Future World Travelers by Zulily –  I love Zulily and can sometimes find some pretty great deals! They have all kinds of globes, maps, puzzles and more to get our little ones thinking and seeing the world right now!  (This is a time sensitive event that ends on Saturday, March 10th – sorry if you miss it! I’m also not endorsing Zulily, just want to share a fun resource where you can get some pretty cheap maps and globes!)

 

What resources have you come across this week that can encourage us as mamas to lead our littles ones to love God and love others? 

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This week as I’ve gone throughout the week, I’ve been drawn to this worship song. Some days we just need to be reminded that we are children of a good good Father who gives us a spirit of boldness and courage to stand up for truth and what is right.  My prayer for us as On Mission Moms, is that we will live out our calling with great boldness – sharing Christ in our homes, with our children, and in our mission field, wherever that may be.

 

Religion shapes who we are, no matter who we are or where we are. This is a quite heart breaking glimpse into how religion is shaping girls all around the world. As you read THIS ARTICLE, will you pray for the girls in these countries.


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And as these girls grow up to become women, my prayer is that they will one day be introduced to a Jesus who loves them deeply.

International Women’s Day is coming up, March 8th. While we don’t really celebrate this day in big ways here in the States, there will be big celebrations around the world and this gives us great reason to pray that the girls we met in the article above will one day become women who know and love the Lord.  Check out this great video from World Relief, honoring women around the world! #thankGodforwomen 

international womens dayYou can also learn more about World Relief and the work that they are doing to reach women who are in the midst of pretty devastating places and crisis here.

We must also not only be women who are praying for women and girls around the world, but we must also be women who support the work of other women around the world and our friends down the street too. There are lots of ways to do that! Here are just a couple of great Fair Trade ministries and businesses that I love!

World Crafts, is a ministry of WMU (Women’s Missionary Union) and sells not only jewelry but great Nativities and Christmas goodies, as well as other fun things all while supporting artisans from around the world.

Noonday  was launched by Jessica Honegger as her family began the adoption process. This is one of my FAVES for fun jewelry and accessories and it supports over 4500 artisans from around the world! They also do great work supporting families and adoption!

What other businesses or ministries do you know of that are Fair Trade and are supporting the work of women and moms around the world? Let’s share them with each other so that we can support and encourage one another! Let’s also spend this International Women’s Day praying for women and moms around the world, in our neighborhood, and each other!

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