How to Teach Children about Global Ministry and Goodwill

January 27, 2014 31 Comments »

Often times I hear the argument from people as to why we should bother helping people in our own countries when there are so many people struggling with poverty, healthcare, and other issues in our own nation.

Last I checked, no where in the Bible does it say that we are to only help those who are our neighbors. If we want to single out only those that are in other countries, what’s to say that we shouldn’t start segregating by gender, ethnicity, religion, age, and so on?

I enjoy helping people whether they live under my roof, are in my community, live in my state, have a home in America, or live on the same planet. For me the word “neighbor” isn’t specific to the zip code I live in.

One of the reasons I’m so passionate is because I love helping others. I hope that is evident by posts on volunteer projects with my family, working with a local domestic violence non-profit, and other events/things I don’t need to list out. I don’t help others only because I truly have a heart for others but because God commands us to help one another.

James 2: 14-17 says, “What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”

Sure, we can memorize all the Bible verses in the world, and talk to others about our faith, but if we’re not putting God’s love and grace into action how are we truly reaching others?

How are we teaching our children about global ministry and goodwill??

Teaching our children about other countries and their needs whether they are preschool age or in college, we can all learn new things about what life is like around the world. In the Five-Day Experience your family can enjoy learning about Kenya. By taking 15 minutes a day, sitting down as a family, and participating in this devotional you’re offering your family chances to openly discuss, pray about, and grow a heart for neighbors in other countries.

I love this experience because it gives families personal stories of real people living in Kenya, fun facts about the country and then ties it in with a compelling bible verse. There’s also a student version available for bible studies and student groups.

How can we apply what we are learning?

One organization, Awana Clubs International, encourages families {and non-families alike} to help their neighbors by putting their faith into action. Right now in Kenya, Awana is reaching 122,000 kids, creating life-long disciples that will help transform their slums, neighborhoods, villages and cities. As you’ve seen in the news, Kenya is a place that needs hope, the hope of the Gospel, and that’s where you come in.

Through their current project, Not the End, you can purchase limited edition t-shirts for $15, where more than 40% of each purchase goes to helping fund training and further the reach of ministry in Kenya. To “sweeten the deal”, Crossway publishing company is donating a Bible for each shirt sold.

Not the End Awana Social Media Graphic

For many of these children, this Bible will be first one they may have owned. What’s even more incredible, if a person, family or organization sells or buys 30 shirts, their name will be entered into a drawing from which five people and a guest each will be selected to travel with Awana to Kenya in 2014 to minister in the slums of Kibera, do service work in an orphanage and distribute Bibles.

Buy your Not the End shirt HERE and change the world. Also make sure you follow We are Not the End on Facebook, Twitter and when you buy your shirt make sure to hashtag #wearenottheend

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I received a Not the End T-shirt and marketing materials and was asked to write about this project. I gladly agreed. My family and I love supporting great causes and if you see it posted on my blog it’s something that I stand behind or think you should know about. Thank you for reading and sharing!

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31 Comments

  1. Melanie January 27, 2014 at 9:47 AM - Reply

    Such an awesome shirt. I love when organizations do something like that, so you can show off your support.

  2. Terry January 27, 2014 at 10:30 AM - Reply

    I agree that we should all be teaching our families to help those in need. I pretty much focus my helping to those in my area since there are so many that need our help.
    I am not opposed to helping outside my area, but you can only do so much.

  3. Robin Ruehrwein January 27, 2014 at 10:43 AM - Reply

    I teach my kids about helping those in need & we do volunteer projects in our community often. This is a great cause, but I like to keep it more local so that my kids can actually participate in doing good.

  4. Stefani January 27, 2014 at 11:39 AM - Reply

    We try to teach our children that it is good to give. I think we should help any that we feel inspired to give to.

  5. brett January 27, 2014 at 12:02 PM - Reply

    our church was discussing our ministry and missions yesterday at our annual meeting. we have a really really high percentage of mission money spent for our small congregation and i think it’s because we all feel just how you do

  6. Kristin January 27, 2014 at 12:07 PM - Reply

    Teaching our kiddos about the importance of giving back will help ensure that we’re leaving our world in good hands!

  7. Nicole Feliciano January 27, 2014 at 12:19 PM - Reply

    Actions large and small make the difference both for our generation and the next one. Thanks for this.

  8. Candy @ Candypolooza January 27, 2014 at 2:23 PM - Reply

    What an amazing campaign. It’s so important to teach our kids about need world wide.

  9. Virginia @thatbaldchick January 27, 2014 at 3:06 PM - Reply

    What a great campaign. It is so important to teach our children about serving, volunteering, and giving!

  10. Ellen Thrifty & Chic Mom January 27, 2014 at 3:17 PM - Reply

    What a great cause and family project

  11. Hanan January 27, 2014 at 3:45 PM - Reply

    I’ve been thinking about putting my oldest in AWANA. We try to teach and explain about cultures outside our own, and how many countries don’t have the things we do. I hope they grow up to know how fortunate we are, and how we should be constantly giving and doing for others.

  12. Jennifer @TheRebelChick January 27, 2014 at 6:00 PM - Reply

    Awana sounds like a great program! We have taught our daughter to get involved in helping others in smaller ways, but nothing this organized. I think it’s easier for us to focus on the family members who aren’t doing so well, since they are right in front of us.

  13. Melissa January 27, 2014 at 8:04 PM - Reply

    Thank you for sharing information about these organizations! I’m always wanting to teach my son more about others in need.

  14. Theresa January 27, 2014 at 9:18 PM - Reply

    What a wonderful organization. While I do have my girls volunteer to help locally, I do think it is great to teach them that the need is not just limited to our community, but is widespread globally. The shirts are really cute!

  15. Joanna Sormunen January 27, 2014 at 10:51 PM - Reply

    What a wonderful organization and the work they do! I hope they will be very blessed, just like they are blessing to so many people’s lives.

  16. Cassie @ Southeast by Midwest January 27, 2014 at 10:59 PM - Reply

    I’m going to check out this organization because my church was just talking about how we wanted to find another group to help minister to far off places. I’ll be forwarding this to our Church secretary :)

  17. Janel January 27, 2014 at 11:39 PM - Reply

    My kids aren’t able to grasp other countries like they are the kids in their school class and neighborhood. We donate toys and clothes and cash when we can to teach them how to give.

  18. Kecia January 28, 2014 at 12:40 AM - Reply

    We have always given back, both locally and to other countries. This year, our 3 year old help us fill the shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child, which go to other countries for kids in need. It was fun getting him involved and he seemed to understand that the gifts were going to kids really needed them!

  19. Lindsey @ Redhead Baby Mama January 28, 2014 at 9:11 AM - Reply

    Even at 2, Red helps us pack bags for Goodwill and shop for less fortunate children. I actually know people that snuck kids toys out from the playroom rather than hear their child scream or teach them a value. Seriously!

  20. Mimi January 28, 2014 at 12:47 PM - Reply

    It is so important to start stressing these things at an early age with our children. I have started talking to my kids and letting them know that while they are blessed there are other people in the world who aren’t so fortunate and we should be trying to help them as God commanded us to.

  21. erin January 28, 2014 at 1:04 PM - Reply

    You are always so great at supporting others and important causes!

  22. Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell January 28, 2014 at 1:53 PM - Reply

    My kids and I did quite a bit in the next door town to where we lived which had a floundering economy and horrible schools. Through our school system, we were able to get hands on in so many ways within that community and since it was where my husband grew up, it was also important to him to help.

  23. Amanda Love January 28, 2014 at 2:30 PM - Reply

    Sounds like a great organization. I believe in teaching our children to have compassion for others and to help the needy.

  24. Melinda@LookWhatMomFound...andDadtoo January 28, 2014 at 3:38 PM - Reply

    teaching your children about compassion, charity and doing good is so important. This sound like a wonderful group and thanks for sharing.

  25. Shell January 28, 2014 at 5:53 PM - Reply

    What a great cause! I think the important thing is teaching our kids to help others, wherever we choose to do that.

  26. Piera January 28, 2014 at 8:11 PM - Reply

    Sounds like a great cause and way to get the family involved! Love the Five-Day Experience!

  27. Felicia January 28, 2014 at 8:47 PM - Reply

    This is such an important mission and ministry to those precious little hearts. The boys participate in Awanna at church and I have seen their hearts grow for missions.

  28. Janeane Davis January 29, 2014 at 12:39 AM - Reply

    I like your idea of teaching children to appreciate ministry and missions. If they learn these lessons when they are young, they can carry it throughout their lives.

  29. Tracey January 29, 2014 at 8:53 AM - Reply

    What an amazing campaign. Thanks for sharing!

  30. Ashley January 29, 2014 at 9:04 AM - Reply

    It’s so important to teach children to give back. To raise children who are socially aware, conscious of the suffering of others, and grateful for the things they have.

  31. Jamie January 31, 2014 at 12:57 PM - Reply

    We teach our children that God is not prejudice, so we shouldn’t be either. We volunteer our time ever week to teach one the bible…this is wonderful for our children!

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