Helping Grow Kids Hearts for Missions Beyond Just Fundraising
Do you ever wonder how you can give kids a bigger heart for missions?
That’s something we struggle with at the church where I serve.
We’ve tried fundraisers, but it just ends up with adults giving and the kids not having much of a vested interest.
We give every kid a mission’s piggy bank, but they always seem to forget to bring them back.
And besides, missions is so much more than giving money and fundraising.
Missions is about helping other people know and follow Jesus through meeting needs, sharing the gospel, and a million other avenues.
But how do you communicate that to kids beyond words?
How do you give kids a vested interest in and true heart for missions?
Here’s something we just launched: Kid’s Partnering with Adult Church Mission’s Trips.
We have a team of 20 teens and adults going to Haiti this summer to help build a school and put on a VBS.
Kids aren’t able to go, but we wanted to do something to allow them to partner with the trip beyond fundraising.
So we found an organization called ChildHope (lacc4hope.org) who sponsors children in other countries (similar to Compassion International), and decided we were going to ask our kids to partner with Haiti Mission’s team by sponsoring all of the 6 year old kids on their Haiti waiting list.
It ended up being 13 kids, which for a smaller church like ours is definitely a stretch.
We see 4 ways this strategy helps kids be invested in and give them a heart for missions:
1) It’s an ongoing commitment; it’s not just a one off or a bring your piggy bank when you remember thing.
2) It gives kids a face for missions; we’re not just telling them the money is helping others; they get to literally see the face of the child they’re helping.
3) It involves the whole family; kids can help raise the money, but parents are going to have to be involved with an ongoing $30/month commitment.
4) It connects the kids with the rest of the church, creating great synergy; the teens and adult are going to Haiti to help kids while our kids are sponsoring kids in Haiti to help kids.
We don’t know how it’s going to turn out yet, but we’re excited for what it has the potential to do in kids hearts!
How do you help kids partner with the church in and grow their heart for missions? Leave a comment!
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