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Project HELP: Refugees

Refugee Women

Be kind and show love to others (see Lev. 19:33–34).

As we focus on refugees for our critical issue of Project HELP, how do we guide our preschoolers to understand about refugees? How do we explain about refugees without frightening preschoolers or causing misconceptions about refugees?

Teaching Babies, Ones, and Twos: Separation Anxiety

Crying baby

You see his lips quiver and his eyes well up with tears. This 9-month-old has never cried before when his parents brought him to the baby room at church. All of a sudden, he bursts into tears when his mom hands him into your arms. You recognize that he is going through separation anxiety. This is a tough stage for the preschooler to go through, but it marks another milestone in his mental development which also has an impact on spiritual development.

Giving to Missions

giving to missions

As the time for giving to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering  is on my mind, I have been thinking about how we teach preschoolers about giving to missions. In this world of online banking, direct deposit, debit and credit cards, how do we begin teaching preschoolers about financial giving?

Preschool Missions Focus

Refugee girls drawing at a center

Mission Friends is an ongoing missions discipleship organization for preschool boys and girls (birth through kindergarten). Through Mission Friends, preschoolers . . .

  • become aware that God wants everyone to know of His love
  • move from a focus on self to a focus on others
  • apply Bible thoughts to their lives as they learn to pray, give, and help others.
  • and their families learn of ways to give their time, talents, and money

Learn more about this month's missionary below.

Tips for the Christmas Season in Mission Friends

Cambodian Nativity WorldCrafts https://www.wmustore.com/cambodian-nativity

Christmas is my favorite time of year! I love everything about it: decorating the tree, setting out my Nativities, sending and receiving cards, baking goodies, singing Christmas songs, and wrapping Christmas presents. There are family traditions that we all like to keep.

Thankful for You

Thankful

For Thanksgiving week, the WMU preschool team gives thanks for you! Week after week you serve the Lord by teaching preschoolers in Mission Friends. You rarely receive thanks because you are usually encouraging your preschoolers to give thanks for other helpers. What you do in teaching Mission Friends makes a difference in each life you touch. You also make a difference in the ministries of the missionaries as you teach about them and lead your preschoolers to pray for them. Several of the missionaries recently have expressed their thanks for you, so this week we wanted to share their words of thanks.

Teaching Preschoolers to Be Kind

Teach Kindness

Bullying is an issue that continues to be a problem among children and teenagers. Even with all the emphasis on anti-bullying campaigns in the past several years, bullying continues to be an issue. An alarming number (160,000)1 (6.7% in 2017) of children miss school each day because of the fear of being bullied. In this day of social networking, cyberbullying is the type of bullying that is on the rise the most (14.9% in 2017). What can we do to counter this issue? We can respond by seeking to prevent bullying from happening as we begin with our preschoolers in teaching about kindness. Bullying is a matter of the heart, and we must instill a heart for others within our preschoolers.

A Scary Time of Year

Sometimes I Am Afraid

One of my Mission Friends asked me, “What does spooky mean?” I replied that it means something is scary. If you have gone in almost any kind of store in the last few weeks, you have seen the spooky things that are on display at this time of year. It seems the Halloween season continues to gain ground as a consumer holiday as people buy candy, costumes, and decorations. Some displays are rather gruesome, with bloody injuries and bloodshot eyes. As I have seen spooky displays in several places, I wondered how preschoolers see these. Preschoolers have a hard time knowing what is real and what is pretend or fantasy. Seeing these scary things could be frightening to them.

Thank You for Christmas in August

School supply distribution

When your Mission Friends send requested items for Christmas in August, they not only bless the people who will receive the items. They also bless the missionaries with prayers and encouragement. We thought you would like to read these words of thanks from Pastor Rajan Shahi, who serves among the Nepali community in New York City. Pastor Rajan was one of the Christmas in August missionaries this year for Mission Friends and also in the materials and websites for multicultural churches. Enjoy!

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