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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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March Irish Meal Plan

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With St. Patrick’s Day coming up in a couple weeks, this month we will be focusing on Ireland and spending time praying for the work that is happening in Ireland as well as enjoying their yummy food. This would be a great month to dive in and welcome your little ones to “International food” as you might already be serving some of these yummy treats around your home and it might not be quite as “weird” as say Kefta or Tagine or Turkish food… 

March Meal Plan: Ireland 

Shepherd Pie:  https://www.streetsmartkitchen.com/traditional-irish-shepherds-pie/

Soda Bread: https://foodnessgracious.com/rosemary-cheddar-irish-soda-bread/

Irish Apple Cake: https://theviewfromgreatisland.com/irish-apple-cake/

Facts about Ireland & St. Patrick’s Day

  • 91% of Ireland’s people are Christian yet only 1.33% claim to be evangelical 
  • Over 4 million people live in Ireland
  • 44 different people groups live there with five of those being unreached people groups.
  • St. Patrick was actually born in England but was kidnapped and set to Ireland at the age of 16. He escaped and returned to England; however, in a dream God told him to return to Ireland. He entered the priesthood and returned back to Ireland in 433AD where he died in 461AD after 30 years of missionary work.

Praying for Ireland

  1. Pray that the Gospel will penetrate hearts of those trapped in religion. 
  2. Pray for workers who are building relationships and working hard to share the gospel in this beautiful land.
  3. Pray that the work that St. Patrick began would continue and many would come to know Jesus Christ.

Sources: Wikipedia.net and  Joshuaproject.net