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“It’s all about relationships.” I must have heard that statement 100 times over the course of one summer. I served as the assistant director of the preschool program at Ridgecrest Baptist Conference Center in North Carolina, and Marge Sherman served as our director. As I worked alongside Marge for the weeks of that summer, she focused on the importance of the relationships we formed with the preschoolers and their parents. She reiterated that relationships came first, above policies or programs. Her words made an impact on me over the years since that summer.

As you teach Mission Friends, keep those words in your mind, also. How is God leading you to nurture relationships with the families of preschoolers? It may be sitting with a new family at a church event, or giving a call to a parent to encourage them with something their preschooler said this week. It may be taking a moment to ask a young family in need how you can help, and then following up. God may lead you to laugh with a parent at the boundless energy of their preschooler.

Cultivating relationships with your preschoolers and parents takes these kinds of moments over a period of time. Be available as you listen. Ask God to give you opportunities to connect with families. Know that as you teach Mission Friends, God uses you in the lives of the preschoolers and their families. Keep looking to Him as you teach, and ask that He would use you, by all possible means, to share His love with preschoolers and their parents. Hide the words of 1 Corinthians 9:22 – 23 in your heart: “I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.” (NIV1)

Pray: Loving God, I thank You for placing importance on a relationship with me by sending Your Son. Remind me as I teach preschoolers that it’s all about relationships. Give me a heart for others to know You and be in relationship with You. Amen.

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1Scripture marked NIV is from Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

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