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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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Friday Faves

Friday Faves

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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Friday Faves

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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Friday Faves

I came across so many good resources, articles, and reminders this week! It was hard to choose what to share…

I have to start with this convicting article,  but as one of my dear and most honest friend tells me often, “put your big girl pants on!”

  1. Cultivating a Heart for Missions:  Radical · Blog · Cultivating a Heart for Missions in our Kids

This…. It all starts with us! Are you excited about sharing Jesus with your friends? Do you talk about Jesus and missions in your home?  Is there a map in your home and do you talk about the world around us? Do you fix “weird” food? Do you stop and think of others and invite them in to your world? If we aren’t modeling missions, chances are our children won’t grasp hold of it either… that’s convicting to the core…

So in light of that….

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2. Who doesn’t LOVE all things maps and globes… Here are some fun ways to use them in your decor at home!   There are other ideas over on our On Mission Moms Pinterest Page too!

 

3. You can also begin to introduce yummy food from all around the world to your little ones too. One of my FAVORITE dishes from my time in North Africa was Chicken Tagine and Zaalok.  Hint, Hint… I noticed eggplant was super cheap last week in our new grocery store, Lidl… gosh, I love that place!

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I’ll be sharing more international recipes to introduce to your family too! We love to cook crazy things around our house and yes, our girls LOVE most of it… not all…

4. Missional Women Website & App – I’m still discovering all the fun things this website and app has to offer! I’m also excited about starting their 31 Days of Evangelism focus because if I’m being completely honest, I need to reset my heart and refocus my mind and my words on sharing Jesus more and more. I’m excited about being intentional over these next 31 days to break down barriers and engage in gospel conversations. Who have you shared Jesus with this past week? Do you have five friends who you are engaging in gospel conversations?

 

What resources or articles have you seen this week? Share them over on our On Mission Moms facebook page so that we can learn and encourage one another this week!

 

 

 

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Friday Faves!!

 

Here are a few of our Friday Favorites over here at On Mission Moms! We hope that you will use these resources or read these books and articles as we grow and learn about how to lead our families to love Jesus and love and serve others! 

 

1. OLYMPICS! Need I say more! just search on Pinterest for a minute and you’ll find TONS of fun ways to celebrate and learn about countries from all around the world! Take it a few steps further and make a fun meal from another country this weekend, spend time praying for the various countries that take gold, and pray for the work that is happening at the Winter Olympics this year!

 

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Here’s one of our favorites, even though it’s from Summer 2016.

 

2. Give Your Child the World  – This is such a GREAT resource! It’s a book of books! It gives great ideas for how to expose our children to the world through books and if you don’t have a copy of it in your library, well – you should!

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3.  Joshua Project – This is an “Oldie but a Goodie”. If you are looking for a great way to guide your prayers for the nations – this is IT! It’s been our go to for several years now. They have a book (Operation World) , website, and app that you can use – so pick your favorite and just start praying!

4. You Don’t Always Have to Use Your Passport…– such a great video reminder that we have neighbors right beside us, on our college campuses… all we have to do is get to know them and invite them into our homes and our lives!

5. Honest Mission Trip Leader – Just for Giggles… Hope you LAUGH today!!!

 

What are some of your favorite things this week?