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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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Refugees

There are approximately 43 million refugees in the world. Refugees are people who have been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster. 41% of the world’s refugees are children. Family Activity: Teaching Time: 15 minutes Materials: paper, pens/pencils, 5 pieces of yarn or string, tape, scissors, picture or…

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Tribal

More than 161 million tribal people live in places like Papua New Guinea, Africa, and China. They have animistic and superstitious beliefs. They believe things God created have spirits. They often worship idols and ancestors as well as visiting witch doctors. Family Activity: Teaching Time: 15 minutes Materials: varies by family Have each child go…

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Persecution

Persecution means being treated badly by others because of your belief in Jesus. Persecution takes many different forms, from mild to extreme. Throughout history, God has worked through the persecution of His followers to spread the gospel and bring glory to Himself. Family Activity: Teaching Time: 20 minutes Materials: ball, weights or heavy objects Scatter…

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Bible Translation

Did you know that there are almost 7,000 languages spoken in our world today? The Bible has been translated into more languages than any other book. Yet, there are still 180 million people who do not have the Bible in their language. Family Activity: Teaching Time: 20 minutes Materials: pens/pencils, paper Many people in the…

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Unreached

In our communities are those who have never really heard the gospel. With easy access to churches, Bibles, Christian media, and other believers, these people could learn more about God if they desired. In other parts of our world, people live in cultures void of churches, Bibles, and Christian media. There is no one who…

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Three Mission Eras

In the age before airplanes and cars, global workers advanced the gospel message into far regions despite the hardships of the journey and the uncertainties awaiting them. Today’s global workers don’t face major travel difficulties, but do encounter language, political, and religious barriers as they bring the gospel to the remaining unreached peoples. Family Activity…

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What is the Gospel?

The word “gospel” literally means good news, but it includes the bad news about our natural sinful state and its consequences as well as the good news about God’s plan to redeem all nations through His Son, Jesus. Jesus died for our sins and rose again to give eternal life to all who put their…

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Our Part

Our world is filled with strong, gifted, successful people. But what kind of people does God use? He is looking for families with hearts willing to say “yes” to Him. Maybe saying “yes” seems small or insignificant. But it’s the attitude and character of our heart when we say that “Yes!” that is of greatest…

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Culture In My World

It’s possible to build an awareness of other cultures in your children without traveling to another country. People from other ethnicities and cultures live all around us. Begin looking for evidence in the various places that are most familiar to your family. Teaching Time: 1-2 hours, over several days Materials: light-colored construction paper, pens/pencils, crayons/markers, scissors Family…

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Making History

It is important to give our children models of present-day believers who are willing to follow God, wherever they are, no matter the cost. These stories help our children understand that God is still accomplishing His purposes today and that they, too, can be a part of history in the making. Begin with this account…

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