Activities Weaving discipleship into everyday life

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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.

with boys and girls from unreached peoples


Family Activity Pretend that you are shop owners in the Old Quarter where Thi Lien lives. Have each person choose an item that he would like to sell. Then use paper and markers to make street signs that match your products. For example, if you are selling toothbrushes, your sign would say “Toothbrush Street.” Pray:…

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Family Activity Make your own loom for weaving. Cut out the front or back of an empty cereal box and lay it flat. Use a ruler and pencil to mark off 7-10 evenly spaced dots along the short sides of the cardboard. Using scissors, cut where the dots are to make notches along the edges.…

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Family Activity Imagine you are joining Aga’s family for the Torch Festival. Wrap and secure red plastic wrap, cellophane, or tissue paper around the top of the flashlight. Attach flashlights to the end of long-handled items (broomsticks, mops, vacuum wands, baseball bats, golf clubs, etc.) with duct tape or string. After dark, turn off the…

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Family Activity Imagine you are participating in a brother/sister ceremony with Pratap. Find some colorful yarn or fancy ribbon. Cut a 12-inch piece for each person. Take turns tying a raaki cord around another family member’s wrist as a symbol of the love and care you have for each other. Discuss how Jesus is like…

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The Kham

Family Activity Imagine that you are participating in children’s games at the horse festival. Play a Tibetan version of “Duck, Duck, Goose.” Sit in a circle and give the handkerchief/scarf to the player who walks around the circle. Instead of tapping each player on the head, drop the scarf behind the person you choose to…

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Emirati Arabs

Family Activity With your brothers, sisters, or friends, imagine that you are camels at the racetrack in Dubai. Plan out the route where you will race. For your hump, put a basketball or pillow in a backpack. Strap on the backpack and go to your starting line. Get down on your hands and knees. Ready-set-go!…

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Central Khmer

Family Activity Imagine that you are visiting Botum in her home on stilts. One of her family’s most important possessions is a krama (krah-mah), a long, loosely woven rectangle of cotton cloth. Find a scarf or long piece of fabric and try out ways that Khmer families might use it: apron, belt, hat/sunshade, hanky to…

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The Tuareg

Family Activity Before the invention of the printing press, books, including the Bible, were copied by hand. Find some colored markers with fine points and a piece of paper. Using the markers, copy your favorite Bible verse onto the paper, just like ancient writers did. Be careful about your spelling and don’t leave out any…

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The Tajiks

Family Activity Imagine that you are visiting Nargis in her village home. Spread out colorful beach towels or blankets on the floor. Take off your shoes, sit down, and share a Tajik treat of apricots, raisins, prunes, or dates. Pray: Most Tajiks people have not experienced the love of Jesus. Tajik comes from the word…

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