Preschool

Missionary Spotlight Update: Bill Barker

Bill Barker picking up backpacks

In May 2017, while seeking direction for ministry, Bill Barker sensed God’s voice: “I am pruning you so that you can bear more fruit.” Effective January 1, 2018, the Georgia Baptist Mission Board called Barker to serve as state missionary/director of

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.

Unshakable Pursuit

Bible study

These little people literally run into our Mission Friends room each week. They have expectant looks on their faces as they ask, “What are we doing today?” In Mission Friends at my church, our preschoolers come to us from preschool choir each week, which is held in a classroom down the hall. They run into our room with excitement at the possibilities of what they might get to do in that session of Mission Friends. My co-teacher and I are ready for them with activities to help them learn how missionaries tell others about God’s love. We have to be ready, or it will be chaos when they arrive.

Families on Mission

Help Others grid

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.

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.

For Preschool Leaders

Why begin missions education in the preschool years? Because the significance of a strong foundation based on biblical truths cannot be overestimated. It's important to learn about God and His love for all people at a young age.

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.

To persevere and never give up

Lovelace family

Ken and Lygia Lovelace start every day in God’s Word and prayer. They are church planters serving the Lord in St. Louis, and have 10 children, 5 biological and 5 adopted. “Two of our sons are grown and gone, 8 of our children have been with us and have helped start this church (Amazing Love Community), since the beginning,” shared Ken. The Lovelaces have a mixed family, with 3 African American children. “God has used our family to open positive doors among the racial tension here,” said Lygia.

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