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Activities provide practical ways to embrace the Great Commission as a core vision of family discipleship, influencing new traditions and strategic lifestyle choices. Published weekly, activities unpack key concepts surrounding how and why we do missions, near and far. We focus on four key areas: Discover, Explore, Connect, and Live.

Why do we do missions? Bible-based activities trace God’s global heart, woven throughout Scripture. Discussion questions focus on the person and eternal purposes of Christ and what this means for us, as disciples of Jesus. Allow God to align your family’s hearts and lives with His desire to be glorified in all peoples.

How do we do missions? Experiential learning activities introduce aspects of missions: God’s movement in history, barriers and bridges to the gospel, unreached peoples, and the role of the Church. Step into your family’s place in history and use your God-given blessings to reach out to others both near and far.

Who is our focus when we do missions? First-person stories provide a window into the lives of boys and girls in unreached people groups. Stories include an interactive cultural activity, suggested recipe, and prayer focus. Help enlarge your children’s world while developing a lifestyle of prayer for their unreached peers around the globe.

How does my family do missions? Right-where-you-live activities that encourage new traditions, intentional lifestyle changes, and ministry involvement. It’s not about adding more to your plate, but making the most of everyday routines. Discover and embrace your family’s unique role in God’s kingdom and live it out in intentional ways.

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Tukulor

Family Activity: Weave your own basket. You need a 5- or 7-ounce paper cup, scissors, yarn, and glue. Starting at the rim of the cup, cut a straight line down to the base. Continue around the top of the cup, making 6 more evenly-spaced cuts. Gently press the spokes down to form a flower shape…

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Tunisian Arabs

Family Activity: Try a traditional form of body art used in Tunisia for special occasions. Make your own henna hand. Choose a piece of white or tan construction paper. Trace around your hand and wrist with a pencil. Make sure to spread your fingers apart so you can get your pencil between them easily. Parents…

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Bhutanese

Family Activity: Celebrate Bhutan’s favorite pastime by making mini bows and arrows. You need craft/popsicle sticks, dental floss, and Q-tips/cotton swabs. Using a sharp knife, make two small notches on each edge of the craft stick near the end. Repeat near the other end. Put your notched sticks in a glass of water and let…

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Kazakhs

Family Activity: Zamira speaks Kazakh at home and Russian at school. Find out what that would be like. Using the chart below, make one sign that says “home” and another that says “school.” On the “home” sign, copy the Kazakh words for “yes” and “no.” On the school sign, copy the corresponding Russian words.  …

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Brahmin of India

Family Activity: Brahmins are the highest ranking families in India. How do they expect Dalits (dah-leets), considered the lowest people, to treat them? Cut a slip of paper for each family member. Write Brahmin on half of the slips and Dalit on the rest. Have each person choose a slip of paper to discover his…

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Hindus of Kolkata

Family Activity: What might it be like to live in one room like Raju’s family, without an adjoining bathroom or kitchen? Try it. Choose a night when everyone is home. Bring your bedding or sleeping bags into a room where you choose to spend the night. Cook dinner outside on the grill. Wash up for…

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Dai

Family Activity: Help Mei Ming welcome the Dai New Year by celebrating the Water Splashing Festival. Put on clothes that you don’t mind getting wet – maybe even your bathing suit. Fill a container of water for each person in your family. You can use squirt guns, buckets, bowls, or pitchers. Take your filled containers…

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Uzbek

Family Activity: Bread is sacred to the Uzbek people. Buy or bake a round, flat loaf of bread. Spread a decorative tablecloth or blanket on the floor and sit around it. Tear off pieces of the bread and pass to each person. Dip your bread in honey, jam, cream cheese, or yogurt. Read Matthew 13:33…

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Central Bhil

Family Activity: Create your own leaf plate and eat like the Bhil people. Gather three, thin paper plates (not Styrofoam) and three toothpicks for each child. Using crayons and colored markers, draw leaf outlines and veins to make the plates look like leaves. In all three plates punch two holes (1 inch apart), approximately ½…

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Northern Yemeni

Family Activity: Teaching Time:  15 minutes Materials: graham crackers, white frosting, plastic knife Make a house like the northern Yemeni houses in the story using graham crackers and frosting. Use the frosting as a glue to hold the graham crackers together as you build your house. Decorate your graham cracker walls and windows with white…

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