mission friends

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!

Compassion for Others

Developing compassion

Our preschoolers are growing up in a “me” world. A look at today’s advertising shows this fact as we are encouraged to do what is best for me, satisfy our own wants, and think of me first. Preschoolers grow up thinking that the world revolves around them and their needs. Preschoolers need to be nurtured to be compassionate toward others.

Reflections from Camp Staff Reunion

Dock at sunrise Lake Yale, FL

Alligator stories, bunk beds, the dock at sunrise, and friendships renewed. Last weekend was filled with these things and more as I attended a reunion of camp counselors from Girls in Action (GA)/Acteens camp.

So You Teach Mission Friends

building site

My church is in the construction process for a new building. I have to admit, it doesn’t look like much yet. The church made the decision many months ago to build this new building, but you can’t tell yet that there will be anything that even looks like a building structure. For many months, there was not any visible activity at all. Even though we could not see a building going up, work was being done to prepare for the building. Plans were drawn and finalized, contracts were signed, property lines were determined, and permits were secured. A couple weeks ago, we were able to see some action as they started clearing the land. Dirt is being moved around, and some large pipes are placed on the ground. It looks like a mess right now, but I know there is going to be a brick building one day that will be a place where our church family can meet and bring glory to His name.

Talking about Missionaries

What is a missionary?

Finn exclaimed to his dad, “I’m going to missionary!” He said it as if missionary was the name of a place. His dad just looked at him, not knowing what to say. Since this was Finn’s first session in Mission Friends, I was very impressed that he remembered the word missionary. This happened last week at the end of our Mission Friends session as parents came to pick up their preschoolers. This was our first session in the new church year, and we had a whole new set of preschoolers who moved into our class. We have 3s and 4s, but it so happened that our entire group for this first session were 3s who had never been in Mission Friends before. Most of them were not familiar with the term missionary.

Extending the Story: Always Remember to Pray

Preschooler praying

One of our purposes in Mission Friends is to teach preschoolers about prayer and lead them to pray for missions. Always Remember to Pray  is a great tool to use to help preschoolers learn that they can talk to God at any time and in any place. As you teach preschoolers about missions, this leads to opportunities to pray with preschoolers. They learn about prayer as they hear the needs of other people and hear prayer requests of missionaries.

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