Families on Mission

Beans for soup

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.

Play and Learn October 2018

Helping Others with Soup in a Jar

Supplies: soup recipe, 2 clean pint jars with lids, dry kidney, pinto, and black beans; black pepper; dried onions; dried parsley; chili powder; 2 snack-sized ziplock plastic bags; 13 cup measuring cup; teaspoons; tablespoons; hole punch; curly ribbon or twine

In advance, using the recipe below, lay ingredients in order on the table for 2 jars of soup. Place 2 pint jars on the table. Help your preschooler layer 23 cup of each kind of bean in each of the jars. Guide your preschooler to measure the spices for each jar and place in a ziplock bag. Place the spices on top of the beans. Secure the lids on the jars.

Jar of Soup Recipe

2/3 cup each of dried kidney, pinto, black beans
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon dried parsley
2 teaspoons dried onions
1 tablespoon chili powder


Cooking directions:

Place beans and 2 quarts of water in a large pot. Bring to a boil, turn down heat, and simmer for 1 hour. Stir often. Add ingredients from the spice packet, stir and simmer for another hour, or until beans are tender. Serve with crackers or corn bread.

Help your preschooler print out the recipe cards and decorate them to attach to each jar of soup beans with a ribbon or twine.

After you have made the 2 jars of soup mix, decide to whom you are going to give them. The persons could be neighbors, church prospects, or homebound senior citizens.

By Becky Rainey, Bessemer, AL

This Month

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.

  • This month's missions focus—What is your Mission Friend studying? Find lots of ways for your family to be on mission together and to learn about the missionaries this month.

Families on Mission Calendars 2017–18

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.

Looking for more resources?

Find storybooks, helpful books, Missions Bank, Mission Friends T-Shirt, Mission Friends Sports Bottle, Mission Friends Tote Bag, parent-child leaflets, and Fair Trade items especially for preschoolers and teachers on our preschool products page.

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