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Co-Teach and Multiply

Plan together

As spring winds down and summer rolls in, I always begin thinking about our upcoming year in Mission Friends. Who will my new preschoolers be this fall? How much will they already know about missionaries? Will we need to start at the very beginning? Will they know how to interact with one another? What behavior issues will we face? And . . . WHO is going to help me teach?

For many years, I taught solo. We are learning, however, that bringing in co-teachers is a wonderful way to multiply your organizations. Pairing novice teachers with veteran teachers gives the novice an opportunity to observe and learn tried-and-true methods. It gives veteran teachers the opportunity to learn new methods. And, it gives your church a proven training method for developing new leaders.

So how does co-teaching work? Communication is key as you:

Best Planning Tip

Planning with Plan Sheet

For the final assignment in the Develop course Leading Mission Friends, the participants are to reflect on what they will do with what they have learned from the course. In their responses, a few of the leaders have mentioned that they will use the Mission Friends Plan Sheet. One leader wrote, “I will use the planning sheet to map out each month’s Mission Friends sessions. This provides a better layout than the monthly notes I have been using.”

Update from Nathan Knight

Knight family

Restoration Church is in its 6th year of ministry as a church and we are finding that it will be a year of transition. A fair portion of the people who have been with us and bought in for years will be moving from the city and on to other things. This will test how we have been developing leaders. We are praying that the Lord would use this time to see other people seize the opportunity to step in and lead in ways they previously have not.

We also will see a new church planter and his wife move into the city and be a part of our church. We are prayerfully hoping to plant a Spanish-speaking church here in the city next year some time. In the meantime we will be trying to get to know, train, and then send them to reach the Hispanics of DC.

As it relates to prayer requests, please be in prayer for the above as well as asking the Lord to see some radical conversions that serve to glorify the Lord and provide encouragement to the saints here to persevere in the great task of making disciples that delight in the supremacy of Christ.

After a Parent Dies

Sad child

In May and June, we celebrate parenthood through Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. But what happens when a parent dies? What about preschoolers who have lost a parent to death? The holidays may make these children feel even more isolated as they see and hear the message that all the other children have a mother or father. The following suggestions will help you minister to these preschoolers and their families:

About Writing Always Remember to Pray

First illustration in progress!

Join us for an interview with Robin McCall, author of Always Remember to Pray:

Why did you want to write a book about prayer for preschoolers?

In preparation for WMU’s Project Help PTSD, I studied factors that help preschoolers build coping skills and resilience. In researching these factors, I kept coming back to prayer as a major influence in helping all of us—adults, as well as preschoolers—to cope with stress and fear. As we learn to pray without ceasing, we develop faith that God truly is with us in every situation. This realization of His ever-present help is vital to the spiritual formation of preschoolers and children. I wanted to create a book that would open opportunities for grown-ups to help little ones talk about prayer.

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Three Glazed Donuts

Little girl with sugar glazed face

There was something all around his mouth, spanning from one ear to the other. It looked strangely like donut glaze. I asked, “Did you eat something in preschool choir tonight?” He confirmed my suspicions by shouting, “Yes! We had donuts!” Later I found out that he had eaten not just 1, but 3 donuts. Thus the amount of donut glaze on his face. I wondered why they allowed the preschooler to eat 3 glazed donuts at 6:30 in the evening. On the previous Sunday, our preschool choir sang in the morning worship service, and this was their party or reward for singing so nicely. But 3 donuts?!

A Recipe from Kristi Stanton

Granola and yogurt

Want to do something fun this week? Use Kristi Stanton’s yummy granola recipe to make a delicious, nutritious snack for your preschoolers. After you’ve mixed up the granola and popped it into the oven, spend some time in prayer for the Stanton family. Please pray for God’s guidance and direction for their family and ask Him to continue opening new ministry opportunities.

Kristi’s Basic Granola

In large mixing bowl, stir together:
41/2  cups old-fashioned cooking oats
1 cup coconut (shredded, un-sweet)
1 cup chopped nuts
1/2 cup freshly ground flax seeds
*note: I choose my spices and add these to the wet ingredients instead of adding them here.

In a saucepan, over medium-low heat, stir until blended:
1/2 cup raw honey
1/4 cup molasses
1/4 cup oil
1 tablespoon cinnamon (or other seasonings)
1 teaspoon salt

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Praying for Missions

“The end!” One of my Mission Friends forgot how to close his prayer, so this was what he said as he finished. Makes sense! Hearing the prayers of preschoolers is one of the joys of teaching Mission Friends. Their prayers can be sweet and touching as they pray to God.

One of our tasks in Mission Friends is to lead preschoolers to pray for missions. This year I have tried to focus on prayer with my Mission Friends group to help our preschoolers learn about prayer. There are several things I want our Mission Friends to know about prayer.

Helping Others

Several weeks ago, my small community was hit with an EF-2 tornado. Night had already fallen, so my husband and I crouched together in our hallway in the dark. With no power, no television, no radio, we began monitoring Twitter and Facebook, only to learn that several homes had been destroyed and one neighborhood, a neighborhood where several of our church members live, was heavily damaged. Our local emergency management organizations asked people to remain where they were until they could ensure that our roads were safe to travel.

One group, however, took to the roads immediately. The moment the storm passed over, we began to hear the sirens of emergency response vehicles. Our firefighters and sheriff’s department did a yeoman’s work that night in ensuring that everyone was safe. They cleared roadways, knocked on every door, and did whatever was necessary to help those whose homes were damaged. Later, we would learn that even off-duty emergency personnel came in and worked throughout the night.

Thank You!

Christmas in August

Do you ever wonder how your Christmas in August gifts are received and what happens after you send them? Be encouraged today by this thank-you message from Arlene Miller of Impact Ministry in Hopkinsville, Kentucky:

"Thank you for allowing Impact Ministry to be included on the Mission Friends [Christmas in August] list of ministries to get donations. It has been such a blessing to get boxes and letters. Many of the boxes contained pictures and items that the children had made. Most of them had a note saying they had prayed for us. Some local churches brought their children to visit and deliver their donations.

"We received gifts from 17 different states and 130 different churches. Some sent 1 package while others sent as many as 7 boxes.

"We know that the prayers of all of those collecting and packing the boxes were heard and His Holy Spirit touched hearts and people were saved. Several people gave their heart to Jesus these past few months as they met with our spiritual counselors the day they came for assistance.

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