How to do family missions
International (MNN) – Most churches and organizations have adapted or ârelied onâ the work of global missions last year due to the pandemic. Still, according to Barna researchers, the global outlook on how to practice missions and world evangelism began to change even before that date, especially among the younger generations.
âChristians as a whole are biblically illiterate; they don’t even know what the Bible says about being a disciple maker â, Keys for children’s ministries Says Executive Director Greg Yoder.
âWhen you walk into a local church and say the word ‘missions’ you get a blank stare from 91% of the people sitting on the pews because they instantly say ‘I’m not a missionary.’ But the reality is that we are all called to be disciple-makers.
Keys for Kids helps children and teens engage in God’s Word through daily devotions in print and audio. The action steps encourage young people to share the gospel.
Yoder says that proclaiming this truth, along with humanity’s need for a Savior, distinguishes so-called âconversations of faithâ from evangelism.
âJesus called us to be his spokesperson, to be his ambassadors,â he says.
“It is ultimately the Word of God, the good news of Jesus Christ, that transforms lives – not just religious history.”
Yoder adds that families can be disciple-makers and live the call of the Great Commission of Christ without changing addresses. âWhat is the mission? No, he doesn’t go around the world, âhe said.
âIt’s about telling your neighbor next door about Jesus. It’s about telling your family members about Jesus.
3 steps to live “on mission”
The first step lays a critical foundation. âPray that the Holy Spirit will do a work in your family. We ask the Holy Spirit to change his mind about missions, âsays Yoder.
âSincerely pray that the Holy Spirit will do a work in our hearts and that we can bring our families to be evangelists where we live and breathe today. “
Then, “find out where you can get involved,” suggests Yoder. âMaybe it’s praying for the work we’re doing or investing in some of the things we’re working on. Maybe it’s just encouraging people in your church to have devotions.
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âWe’re finishing a project in Russia and Ukraine, and we’re super, super excited to launch a program focused on Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran,â Yoder said.
âThere are new disciples of Christ who want to know Jesus better, and we hope Keys for Kids Ministries can be one of them. Not just through our printouts, but more importantly, through audio, as many of these parts of the world are oral learners.
Third, look for evangelistic opportunities around you. Consider âgoing somewhere and doing something; maybe go on a short-term missionary trip, âsuggests Yoder.
âYou can go to a soup kitchen or maybe go to an area where there is a need for redevelopment. For example, [Hurricane Ida] ravaged Louisiana. I’m sure there are a lot of needs there.
No matter where the Lord leads, you can be his faithful witness.
“You [and] your family [can] be part of it; not just doing the physical labor, but then sharing the message of the good news of the gospel, âsays Yoder.
âThere are so many people here in North America who need Jesus too. “
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