Sharing God's love together is sure to ignite a lifelong passion for missions in your family! Use these resources at home to reinforce what preschoolers are learning at church. Talking about and praying for missionaries will spark creative ideas for helping others in your own community.
WMU has developed resources that can help your family reach out to others.
Preschoolers and their families learn about missionaries and pray for them, help others, and learn some Bible thoughts together on page 4 of each month's leaflet of Mission Friends at Home. Ask your child's Mission Friends teacher for a copy.
Planting Flowers for a Friend
Supplies: clay flowerpot, markers, paint, paper, rocks, plant, potting soil
In California, where Jeff and Tessa Woolstehulme live, people grow beautiful flowers in greenhouses. These plants are then shipped all over the country. It is nice to send a flower to someone to show them that you care about them and that you are thinking about them.
Share with your child that you are going to plant a flower to give to a senior adult. Say: After we have planted the flower, we will go visit a senior adult in our community or our church. Sometimes senior adults who live by themselves get lonely. We will visit the senior adult and surprise her with a flower. (Contact the senior adult in advance of your visit.)
Encourage your child to decorate the clay flowerpot with markers or paint. (Be sure child wears a paint smock. You can make a paint smock by cutting a hole at the bottom of a garbage bag for their head and arms holes on the sides of the bag.) Let the flowerpot dry before going to the next step.
|Next, fill the bottom of the pot with small rocks for drainage. Pour potting soil in the bottom of the pot. Place the plant in the pot and finish filling around the plant with potting soil. Let your preschooler water the plant.|
Encourage your child to make a card to take with the flower telling the senior adult that Jesus loves him. Use the following Bible thought in the card: Jesus loves you (see John 15:12).
|On the day of the visit, call and remind the senior adult that you are coming to visit. Enjoy your visit with your special friend.|
by Becky Rainey, Bessemer, AL.
Creative thoughts for family missions activities. Discover more about this month's featured missionary, including prayer requests and fun facts to share with your preschoolers.
Find storybooks, helpful books, Missions Bank, Mission Friends T-Shirt, parent-child leaflets, and Fair Trade items especially for preschoolers and teachers on our preschool products page.
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