Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Mission-minded?

In her book "The Mission Minded Child: Raising a New Generation to Fulfill God's Purpose", Ann Dunagan lists some of the characteristics of kids who are developing a heart for missions.

A mission minded child...
  • dreams of fulfilling God's destiny.
  • May want to become a missionary--or a teacher or a doctor or a newspaper reporter or a state governor or a pastor or a businessperson or an airplane pilot or an author or a florist or a mother--as long as its what God wants.
  • prays for that next-door neighbor.
  • is not a picky eater!
  • takes home a photo magnet from the visiting missionary family and puts it on the kitchen refrigerator.
  • is healthy, active, and adventurous.
  • spends a summer night sleeping outside on the trampoline, gazes up at a sky filled with twinkling stars, and realizes God's plan is infinitely bigger than his or her own backyard.
  • imagines rollerblading on the Great Wall of China!
  • recognizes the names of David Livingstone, Amy Carmichael, Hudson Taylor, and Loren Cunningham.
  • knows how to use chopsticks.
  • has a reputation for thoroughly enjoying the Bible sword drills and memory verse contests at church.
  • puts extra money in the monthly missions offering and feels extra good inside.
  • thinks it could be fun to sleep in a mud hut in Africa!
  • reads all the way through the Bible by the age of ten (or eleven or twelve)--and is excited to start again!
  • stares at the photos in the new geography textbook or magazine and imagines climbing to the top of that Egyptian pyramid, snorkeling in those tropical-blue waters, and giving a new outfit to that poor boy with the ripped-up shirt.
  • befriends the new kid at school.
  • thinks beyond the "box" of what's merely expected and hopes to do something big, or something little, for God.
  • wants to obey (even when no one is looking).
  • loves Jesus!
Thanks to Jeff Meyers of Passing the Baton for compiling this information.

So, are you raising mission-minded children? Are you mission-minded?

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